EE Times Interviews Wind River's Ken Klein on Intel, Multicore and Embedded Linux

Oct 22, 2009

Wind River's president, Ken Klein comments in an interview with EE Times on how it is not "business as usual"; it is "better than usual," following the closure of the deal that sees the operating system and tool developer company becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel in the processor giant's Software and Services Group.

The move made quite a stir when it was announced earlier this year after what Klein described as "a year-long courtship."

"Perhaps the most important thing from a strategic point of view has been to ensure that we remain and are seen as an independent unit within the Intel set-up," said Klein. That is because "one of the main concerns that has been raised is our commitment to non-Intel silicon. Ironically, with the investment from Intel, we have managed to increase engagements with existing partners such as Freescale, NEC, RMI and Cavium. I think we have proven already our commitment to silicon neutrality," said Klein.

The big picture strategy, Klein asserts, is to build a silicon neutral software franchise within Intel . "Our model is IBM, which typically generates 20 percent of its revenues but 40 percent of its profits from software." The "shared vision" is that the Software and Services division, which has been a cost centre and enabling centre within Intel shifts to becoming a profit centre. "We will be working on more joint projects, but more importantly, we will help Intel commercialize and monetize its investments in software."

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