Wind River Systems, Inc., a provider of software and services for connected smart devices, introduced October 22nd, Tornado(R) for Car Infotainment, a complete development platform for creating car infotainment and telematic devices such as in car navigation systems, global positioning systems, car entertainment systems, and wireless automotive devices.

Tornado for Car Infotainment provides a pre-integrated software development solution that combines Wind River's embedded software with the latest automotive connectivity and wireless networking protocols. In addition, Wind River partners provide integrated solutions in the area of voice recognition, browser service delivery management, and complementary networking--giving developers all the necessary tools they need to quickly build competitive, reliable, and cost-effective car infotainment and telematic devices, according to Wind River.

"In less than ten years, there will be over 150 million telematics-enabled vehicles on the road, forming a telematics network that is ripe for services and applications,' said Phil Magney, principal analyst, Telematics Research Group. "Wind River's development platform has the potential to help facilitate this growth."

"We have been using Tornado and VxWorks(R) for our car information systems successfully for several years," said Dr. Erich Geiger, CEO of Harman/Becker Automotive Systems. "As we are facing demands for greater product functionality, Tornado for Car Infotainment is clearly the solution that will help us achieve time to market with more advanced products. In addition, this clearly demonstrates Wind River's understanding of the automotive developer requirements and their commitment to this market."

With the growing demand to be connected to the outside world, protected, productive and entertained while in a car, there is an increasing demand for telematic and infotainment devices in today's automotive electronics industry.

"The challenge for OEM's and Tier1 suppliers alike, is to provide competitive, flexible, scalable, and reliable in-car telematic applications taht incorporate emerging industry standards and meet tightening development cycles, while still remaining cost effective," said Scot Morrison, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Automotive and Industrial business unit. "Wind River is introducing Tornado for Car Infotainment to give them all the necessary pre-integrated tools and components to shift the focus from integration and testing of enabling technologies to their value-added application software."

Tornado for Car Infotainment will be available during the first quarter of 2002.

About Wind River
Wind River,, produces embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, CA, with operations worldwide.