Systems Stacking up for Wind River

Aimed squarely at the residential gateways market, a pre-validated stack has been announced by Intel subsidiary Wind River. It’s built on Wind River Linux 4.2 and has been dubbed Wind River Platform for Gateways (WRPG).

The stack is underpinned by two ARM11-based processors, the Cavium Econa CNS3xxx and Mindspeed Comcerto 1000, with software from Makewave, DigiOn, ProSyst, Skelmir and Works Systems. Wind River is planning a series of smart gateway solutions, and this is the first. It’s being adopted initially by Tokyo-based Sumitomo Electric Networks to provide its major Japanese carrier customers with a home gateway system.

WRPG is designed to take out the hassle associated with managing multiple software vendors from OEMs, ODMs and telecoms operators, with Wind River acting as the sole point of contact for ongoing support.

Offering software components that are pre-integrated, tested and validated, the platform is aimed at enabling service providers and operators to deliver services that range from multimedia to home automation.

The third party vendors linked into WRPG will provide a range of services for the platform. DigiOn’s DiXiM stack is focussed on enabling digital content to the shared via DNLA standard, and with Makewave’s Knoplerfish Pro acting as an Open Services Gateway Initiative R4 v4.2-compliant service platform, users can get service bundles for UPnP and mobile management.

The software development kit from Prosyst, the mBS Smart Home, will support OSG1-based home automation and will provide interfaces for ZigBee, Z-Wave and UPnP standard.

Wind River Platform for Gateways provides equipment makers with a platform they can use immediately to develop gateways that easily manage connected devices and services at the network edge. As a broadband access device, gateways are the hardware and software building blocks that connect consumers and their digital home devices with Internet-based services. Smart gateways enable operators and service providers to configure, manage, diagnose, support and deliver services more efficiently and intelligently. Beyond streaming music and entertainment, smart gateways enable services that let consumers monitor and manage sophisticated home automation and multimedia systems, such as centralized HVAC, lighting or security systems, with even greater ease and gain deeper insights into their home systems or data usage habits

“Together with Wind River, we are delivering technology for intelligent service-enabled and high-performance gateways that support home automation applications and remote-management capabilities that help to significantly reduce the operating costs of broadband value-added service delivery,” said Marco E. Bello, executive director of customer premises equipment (CPE) marketing and product management at Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.

Full press release here.

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