Bombardier Transportation Selects Wind River Platforms for Safety Critical Certified Display on London Underground

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Train Information System Utilizes Wind River Linux and VxWorks 61508 to Speed
Development and Drive Down Cost
ALAMEDA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, today announced that
leading train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has selected Wind River
VxWorks 61508 Platform and Wind River Linux for its latest standards-based
HMI410 Train Information System. 

Bombardier selected VxWorks 61508 Platform because of its high reliability and
safety critical certification evidence while taking advantage of Linux`s
graphics and connectivity functionality. The VxWorks 61508 Platform is now
bundled in the newly released VxWorks Cert Platform. The HMI410 will be used on
the new Bombardier-built S-Stock trains that will run on London Underground`s
subsurface lines including District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith &

The HMI410 design consists of a carrier board with a Freescale MPC870 processor
running VxWorks 61508 Platform. In addition, a Kontron Atom mezzanine module is
connected to the carrier board to accommodate an Intel Atom processor running
Wind River Linux. The software running on the Freescale controller must meet
Safety Integrity Level 2, or SIL 2, according to the European Committee for
Electrotechnical Standardization EN 50128 (CENELEC EN 50128) safety standard.
Wind River VxWorks 61508 Platform, with its commercial off-the-shelf, or COTS,
IEC 61508 certification evidence, provides the run-time platform for the safety
critical portion of the application. Coupled with Intel Atom processor-supported
Wind River Linux for the non-safety-critical applications, it enables Bombardier
to utilize cost-effective COTS hardware while meeting the stringent software
development targets set by customers and railway certification agencies. 

Wind River also provided certified board support packages and support for the
certification process to accelerate development and significantly reduce
certification costs for Bombardier. This approach enables predictability in
future projects through reuse of the same certification processes and artifacts.
Wind River supports both CENELEC EN 50128 and IEC 61508 safety standards for
applications and devices in the industrial markets including safety controllers
for oil refineries, nuclear power plants and railway signaling systems. 

"The rail industry is seeking innovative new solutions to improve services for
their customers while driving down cost and reducing time-to-market," said Erik
Gyllenswärd, project manager at Bombardier. "Wind River`s VxWorks platform along
with their validated, traceable, commercial-grade Linux distribution allowed us
to speed up the development of our standards-based solution and meet our market
delivery window." 

VxWorks 61508 Platform allows customers to reduce development risk for safety
certified systems by leveraging the portability of existing VxWorks components,
development tools and partner ecosystem while maintaining confidence in meeting
the requirements for lower cost, faster time-to-market, higher quality and
increased performance. The platform is based on commercial-grade VxWorks and is
specialized for stringent IEC 61508 certification requirements for energy,
industrial control, medical, process automation and transportation market

"Industry-leading device manufacturers within the rail industry require a
predictable, simplified path to certification," said Jens Wiegand, vice
president of industry solutions at Wind River. "Emerging safety critical
requirements and increased system complexity mean innovators such as Bombardier
must rely on a market-leading solution to minimize the risk of delays and budget
overruns due to certification issues. The combination of VxWorks and our
commercial-grade Wind River Linux enables manufacturers to achieve these
increasingly stringent objectives and benefit from the advantages of both
VxWorks and Linux in one solution while meeting all certification requirements."

More information about Wind River`s solutions for safety and security can be
found at 

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is a
world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering
computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in
more than 500 million products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif.,
with offices in more than 15 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at or

Wind River
Alex Shapiro, +44 (0) 208 741 1480

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