Wind River

Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge. The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers a comprehensive portfolio supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation of critical infrastructure systems that demand the highest levels of safety, security, and reliability. To learn more, visit www.windriver.com.


"In the current era of autonomy and connectivity where it is increasingly important to identify and implement safety-related systems, Wind River is pleased to join Arm’s functional safety partnership program given our extensive enablement on Arm architecture...Wind River has decades of experience meeting the safety standards across critical infrastructure, including avionics, automotive, industrial, medical, and transportation, and we continue to lead the way working with ecosystem partners like Arm to deliver compelling safety solutions."

Michel Gerard, Vice President of product at Wind River

Functional Safety related services

Powering over 1.5 billion embedded devices, VxWorks® is the world’s most widely deployed real-time operating system (RTOS). Leading innovators worldwide trust VxWorks for its unrivaled track record in safety and security, rock-solid determinism, reliability, and broad ecosystem of complementary third-party hardware and software technologies. VxWorks 7, the newest release of the RTOS, combines a modular, future-proof architecture with the security, safety, and connectivity embedded system vendors need to harness the opportunities created by the Internet of Things. For manufacturers of industrial control and automation systems that require IEC 61508 functional safety certification up to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3, and automotive customers that require ISO 26262 safety certifications up to Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D, the product is backed by certifications issued by TÜV SÜD. Additionally, an IEC 62304 Class C (Medical) certification for VxWorks 7 is planned for 2019.

Wind River® Helix™ Virtualization Platform is an adaptive software environment that consolidates multi-OS and mixed-criticality applications onto a single compute software platform, simplifying, securing, and future-proofing systems. Designed for modularity and application portability, Helix Platform facilitates rapid capability integration and product upgrades, enabling a path to application consolidation for systems requiring mixed-criticality applications. Developed from the Wind River market-leading RTOS product line VxWorks, Helix Platform leverages a successful track record of nearly 40 years of software innovation deployed in over 2 billion devices and more than 90 civilian and military aircraft. VxWorks is included in Helix Platform, and has been trusted by more than 9,000 companies and chosen as the RTOS to go to Mars with NASA for nearly 25 years.

Use of internationally accepted safety specifications enables multiple avionics vendors and hosted function suppliers to safely deploy integrated applications on a shared multi-core hardware platform, while maintaining complete system conformance with rigorous avionics safety standards such as RTCA DO-178C, EUROCAE ED-12C, RTCA DO-254, EUROCAE ED-80, RTCA DO-297, and EUROCAE ED-124. Manufacturers that must certify their next-generation multi-core solutions can leverage commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) certification evidence packages for their submission, reducing both risk and lengthy, expensive certification investments.

Wind River recognizes that every situation is different so the products are complemented by professional services offerings to tailor solutions to meet unique program requirements and considerations. This encompasses a wide-range of support, ranging from board support package (BSP) development to certification evidence development and beyond.

Functional Safety resources

With nearly 40 years of experience developing a real-time operating system (RTOS) suitable for deployment in safety-critical systems, Wind River has support and infrastructure in place to ensure solutions meet the most rigorous safety objectives. This includes a dedicated certification office and an FAA appointed Designated Engineering Representative (DER) on staff to specifically focus on excellence in safety-critical software development. Safety is not something bolted on after the fact, it is engrained in Wind River culture and inherent to every stage of product development.

The commitment to industry-leading safety solutions does not end with product development. Customer-facing expertise brings industry leading product and design knowledge directly to the field. Wind River’s professional services group offers system design guidance and product tailoring, including for solutions that are required to meet internationally recognized safety standards such as RTCA DO-178C, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, and IEC 62304.