Intel acquires Wind River

In an fast-paced development late last night (June 4, 2009) Intel quietly acquired real-time O/S leader Wind River for $884 million.

Wind River is an old time war horse in real time O/S; of late they are also in Linux (Real-time) marketplace. For most students, Wind River and Real-time O/S are synonymous, the way Mercury Interactive (now part of HP) Load Runner and Testing software tools are

This is a marriage of hardware and software; with more and more software getting software aware, and more and more software getting hardware optimized, it is a natural development.

Many may not remember that Intel had an amazing compiler group that produced excellent FORTRAN and c compilers even in 80s and 90’s.

With Microsoft getting more success with xBox than Windows, Apple making more money with iTunes and iPhone than on Mac and Mac OS, the traditional contours of the PC industry and PC dominated IT industry are clearly blurring

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