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TechWeb: [pSOS] Real-Time OS Falls As Wind River Consolidates

Mar 03, 2000, 21:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Fuller)

"Five months after embedded software powerhouse Wind River Systems announced it is merging with Integrated Systems, the other shoe dropped -- squarely on ISI's operating system. ...what everybody had long suspected -- that ISI's pSOS real-time operating system would fall by the wayside -- became policy."

"[Wind River chairman Jerry] Fiddler saw $1 billion in revenue as quickly achievable, but he hedged on the company's commitment to the Linux market, which competitors have embraced. ... Wind River plans a third quarter release of the next version of the Tornado environment and VxWorks RTOS. Called Cirrus, it will include a new Tornado IDE; a next-generation VxWorks with a Linux host, and the new Protection Domain Technology to cut down on memory-protection issues that can cut into system uptime."

"...it is on the Linux front where competitors seem to be really licking their chops. 'I'm guessing they feel pretty threatened by Linux,' said Steve Verleye, president and CEO of Applied Microsystems..."

"Greg Rose, a strategic market segment specialist for Lynx Realtime Systems, Dallas, said Linux is a force to be reckoned with. Lynx offers customers a two-pronged approach, fielding its traditional LynxOS for hard-real time systems and BlueCat for Linux-based designs. Linux is gaining fast in popularity, and 'when that freight train hits you, you're going to have skid marks' if a company isn't prepared with a strategy, Rose said."

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