Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND) is working with Intel Corporation to accelerate the Mobile Internet Device (MID) market segment. Wind River, with support from Intel, will develop an open, extensible Moblin-based Linux platform for the MID market. In addition, Wind River will introduce a commercial Moblin-based Linux platform specifically optimized for Intel Centrino Atom processor technology-based MIDs. Wind River Linux Platform for Mobile Internet Devices will be a full-featured, commercial-grade Linux platform that will include a Linux distribution, middleware, and mobile applications targeted to deliver rich Internet and media experiences.
As part of this effort, Wind River will participate in and contribute code to Moblin.org, an open source community project where Moblin-based technologies are developed. Both the open source and commercial Linux platforms are expected to be available in 2009.
Mobile Internet Devices are making it possible for consumers to carry the rich Internet-based experiences they are used to on a PC. MIDs are expected to come in a range of form factors, have a 4- to 6-inch display, integrate rich applications and services, and deliver an intuitive user experience. Linux is well suited to meet the needs of the MID segment given its small footprint, fast responsiveness, easy customizability and low cost characteristics.
As the MID segment grows, system manufacturers will require full-featured, flexible platforms that will enable innovative and tightly coupled applications across diverse consumer and vertical segments. By offering a Moblin-based open source platform, Wind River is providing a flexible, open source solution with a technology roadmap, commercial support and optimization for the desired hardware platform.
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