KUKA Controls Becomes Wind River Industrial Platform Partner

3/31/2006 - KUKA Controls, a leading developer of real-time operating system software, announced its designation as a Wind River Platform Partner, the global leader in device software optimization.

The partnership status identifies KUKA Controls as a key provider of Device Software Optimization (DSO) solutions for real-time applications that integrate seamlessly with Wind River products. Wind River selectively reviews and appoints only those companies whose solutions are proven compatible with Wind River products, provide superior technical advantages to the end user and are supported effectively in the worldwide market.

KUKA Controls' unique software only technology enables the coexistence of Microsoft Windows® XP and a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) on a single computer system without inhibiting the functionality or performance of either operating system and without modifying either OS. The determinism and response of the RTOS is preserved under all circumstances. This coexistence increases overall system performance and reliability while reducing the power and space requirements. In many applications, the KUKA Controls' extensions eliminate the cost of additional graphics/visualization hardware. KUKA Controls' VxWin® product adds the high-end graphical interface and connectivity, including printing, of Windows XP to Wind River VxWorks. Additionally, VxWin® adds real-time ability to Windows XP utilizing VxWorks. The end user also gains the benefit of the many Windows applications that can be used with the real-time system.

Developers benefit from the elimination of the cost and development of a separate dedicated user-interface, the use of familiar development tools, and the security of a solution proven in over 70,000 applications.

"The benefits of KUKA Controls' VxWin are in complete alignment with Wind River's Device Software Optimization strategy," said John Fanelli, Vice President of Product Planning and Management for Wind River. "We believe users will gain tremendous value utilizing KUKA Controls' software-only technology that combines the real-time performance of VxWorks with the rich and familiar feature-set of Windows XP giving the user the best of both worlds."

"This partnership formalizes the close long-term collaboration KUKA Controls has enjoyed with Wind River for over 15 years," notes KUKA Controls' Heinrich Munz, Director, Technology. "Wind River is a true market leader and we are proud to be their partner in offering real-time DSO solutions."

KUKA Controls develops and markets Windows® real-time extension software for aerospace, automation, industrial, medical and test and measurement markets. KUKA Controls' VxWin supports Wind River VxWorks 5.4 through 6.1 and Microsoft Windows® 2000 SP4 through Windows® XP FP2 including Windows® XP Embedded and Windows® Server 2003.

About KUKA Controls GmbH
KUKA Controls GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of KUKA Roboter GmbH, the number one European industrial robot manufacturer and a part of IWKA AG Group. KUKA Controls specializes in real-time software, operating systems, motion control, graphical user interfaces (GUI), handhelds, dynamic algorithms, PC-based hardware development and application programming. KUKA Controls globally markets real-time extension technology for automation and robotics as well as for test and measurement instrumentation, and for medical devices and equipment. KUKA robot controllers are developed and produced for the parent company.

About KUKA Roboter GmbH
KUKA Roboter, based in Augsburg, Germany, is an IWKA Group company and is the world's leading manufacturer of PC-based industrial robots. The company core competencies are the development, production and sales of industrial robots, controllers, software and linear units. KUKA is the market leader in Germany and Europe and ranks third worldwide. The KUKA Robot Group employs about 1,650 people worldwide and is represented by over 20 subsidiaries in Europe. In 2003, sales totaled 420 million euro.

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop and run device software faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk, and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process from concept to deployed product. Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

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