Is it worth mentioning?
Is it worth mentioning who owns Wind River these days?
And is it worth mentioning who's architecture is most likely to be used inside an Android box?
Embedded specialist Wind River has launched a validated version of Google's Android platform, bringing revenue generation to the open-source model. Android gets a lot of attention for being free, but most manufacturers would prefer to pay for their handset OS in exchange for support and improved capabilities, as well as …
This does not surprise me in the least.
This move is exactly what I would expect from the current management. WR laid off almost all of their really good programmers and developers back around 2003, the rest saw the writing on the wall and left. It became just a service/support company and they haven't had an innovative or original product in years. The last one that I can remember was vxWorks 5.5 and AE, after that its been repackaging open source products like linux and marketing them as its own.
How do I know? I was there when it happened.
The buy out by Intel was just another nail in the coffin. Intel will absorb the parts of WR that will benefit them and then dump the rest.
I expect that WR will be focussing on the netbook / MID market, rather than smartphones, since that's where Intel are trying to expand.
The likes of HP, Dell, HTC, Foxconn, and even Samsung may well go for an Android / Intel reference design to get a netbook to market quickly and cheaply. But an Android / Intel reference design for a smartphone? Who's going to buy that? Intel is too expensive, power-hungry, and slow for a mobile phone (this includes atom).
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