Wind River Gives Ricoh Cool Customer Design Award
Tuesday, October 09, 2001
ALAMEDA, Calif.--Oct. 8, 2001-- Wind River Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today awarded Ricoh its "Cool Customer Design'' award for two products in its new category of devices called Image Capture Devices. To develop these innovative digital consumer products, Ricoh utilized a variety of Wind River's market leading products such as the VxWorks embedded real-time operating system (RTOS), Tornado development tools, and the VxWorks Network Stack. Ricoh's new image capture devices, the RDC-7 and the RDC-i700, are much like digital cameras. Both products feature greater than 3.34 million pixel resolution for crisp clear pictures, flip-up LCD screen to easily review pictures, and an optical and digital zoom lens. They also include USB and CompactFlash connectivity. The RDC-i700 has full PC-Card expansion capability. Additionally, using the VxWorks Network Stack, the RDC-i700 features innovative embedded functionality, which allows users to surf the Web, upload images to the Internet, and e-mail pictures to friends and relatives directly from the camera. The embedded VxWorks Network Stack in the RDC-i700 provides for Ethernet network connectivity, or serial line connectivity over a cellular wireless or standard wired phone. These innovative features, among others, led Time Magazine to declare the device "Consumer Technology Invention Of The Year'' in 2000. "For revolutionary products such as the RDC series of Image Capture Devices, Ricoh looked for an embedded technology provider with an array of usable technology components such as easy to use development tools, robust embedded operating system, and full Internet connectivity, as well as a company that could support our development team in Japan on all phases of product development,'' said Tomoyoshi Hiraiwa, general manager for Ricoh's Photo Products Division. "Innovation is a key hallmark for our products, and leveraging the strengths of a company like Wind River has allowed us to focus on quickly bringing our award-winning digital cameras to market, and in the process define a brand new category of simple to use Internet devices called Image Capture Devices.'' "We are pleased that Ricoh chose Wind River's embedded Internet technology to develop its groundbreaking image capture devices, bringing its customers a new level of functionality and ease of use in the way they can capture and share digital images with friends and colleagues,'' said Sayeed Choudhury, director of business development, Asia for Wind River Platforms business unit. "Wind River is committed to providing our customers in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world with the innovative embedded technologies and support necessary to develop breakthrough digital consumer electronics products.''