GNAT Pro Supports Simulator for VxWorks 6 and VxWorks 653

ORLANDO, FL, USA - Today at the Wind River Worldwide User Conference AdaCore announced that its flagship GNAT Pro Ada development environment now supports the latest versions of the Wind River® VxWorks Simulator, a prototyping and simulation tool for VxWorks® 6 and VxWorks 653 applications in the Wind River“ Workbench development suite. VxWorks Simulator (formerly known as VxSIMTM) enables application development and testing without the need for target hardware – either before hardware is available, or to reduce the number of targets required, thereby lessening development cost. It is fully integrated into the Wind River Workbench development suite for execution of VxWorks applications, allowing complete configuration, execution and debugging control through standard interfaces on the host platform.

AdaCore’s GNAT Pro is well established on Wind River platforms, with several hundred customers already using GNAT Pro for VxWorks. GNAT Pro for VxWorks 6 is currently targeted to the Wind River“ General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, on the PowerPC, from Windows, GNU/Linux and Solaris host environments. GNAT Pro for VxWorks 653 is targeted to the Wind River“ Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 supporting Windows and Solaris host environments. AdaCore also offers plug-in support for Wind River Workbench. Workbench is an Eclipse-based development suite optimized for device software and supported by Wind River’s worldwide professional services and support organization.

“We welcome AdaCore’s expanded support for Wind River’s Workbench development suite and simulation products,” said Chip Downing, industry marketing manager for Aerospace and Defense at Wind River Systems. “These integrated products continue to expand the design and debug choices for our large and growing customer base. Combined with our expert worldwide support organization, our companies lead the industry with robust multi-language development platforms for high-reliability systems.”

“Support for the VxWorks Simulator is a natural addition to AdaCore’s GNAT Pro offerings for the Wind River Workbench development suite and VxWorks-based platforms,” said Robert Dewar, CEO of AdaCore. “It also demonstrates the commitment we bring to our partnership with Wind River by continually delivering new tools and support services to complement their real-time device software environments. In addition, our joint customers can continue to enjoy an ever-increasing selection of robust and proven design, debug and deployment solutions.”

GNAT Pro allows users the flexibility to choose between two powerful host development environments. The first is GNATbench, a GNAT Pro plug-in developed in close collaboration with Wind River specifically for the Wind River Workbench development suite to facilitate multi-language development, sophisticated editing, browsing, debugging, comprehensive compilation, as well as prototyping and simulation for advanced VxWorks systems creation. The second is GNAT Programming Studio (GPS), a sophisticated IDE that is seamlessly integrated with the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) and provides a one-click switch between native and cross environments.

About GNAT Pro for VxWorks
GNAT Pro for VxWorks includes implementation of all versions of Ada: Ada 2005, Ada 95, Ada 83; mixed-language support, allowing composition of applications comprising Ada, C, and C++; full source for GNAT Pro, allowing users to see how the run-time libraries implement dynamic Ada features in the context of VxWorks, whether in kernel or user mode; Ada run-time features (memory management, tasking, I/O) that map directly and efficiently onto the underlying VxWorks routines; an extensive GNAT library; and an Ada unit testing framework (Aunit).

GNAT Pro open standard GCC compiler technology offers backward compatibility with VxWorks 5.x to ease migration for customers choosing to transition to VxWorks 6 at their own pace.

GNAT Pro for VxWorks 6 and GNAT Pro for VxWorks 653 are currently available and targeted to the Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, on the PowerPC, from Windows, GNU/Linux and Solaris host environments, and to the Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 from the Windows and Solaris host environments respectively. Implementations for other targets are in progress. Please check the AdaCore website or contact for news on availability, specific configurations, or further details.

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial, open-source software solutions for Ada, a modern programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where reliability, efficiency and safety are absolutely critical. AdaCore's flagship product is GNAT Pro, the commercial-grade open-source Ada development environment, which comes with expert online support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has customers worldwide; see for more information.

Use of Ada and GNAT Pro continues to grow in high-integrity and safety-critical applications, including commercial and defense aircraft avionics, air traffic control, railroad systems, financial services and medical devices. AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.

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