March 16, 2006 9:00 PM PST

Wind River wins Boeing deal with Army

Embedded-software specialist Wind River Systems has won a multimillion-dollar deal with Boeing under which the aerospace giant will use the company's software development tools to create programs for a major U.S. Army project.

About 2,000 Boeing programmers will use Wind River Workbench to create software used in an Army program called the Future Combat System, the company plans to announce Friday. That Army project spans a broad swath of computing technology that includes equipment for soldiers, military communications networks and 18 combat systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles.

With average Workbench costs running between $7,000 and $10,000 per developer, the deal is estimated to be worth between $14 million and $20 million, according to Wind River. There could be other financial benefits too: Wind River's VxWorks and Linux operating system products are expected to be used in some of the equipment.

That's a pretty significant deal for the Alameda, Calif.-based company. For comparison, in the company's most recent quarter, ended Jan. 31, Wind River had revenue of $70.2 million.

Workbench is based on the open-source Eclipse development tool project.

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