Tornado, which gives developers of embedded systems a package of tools, services, and the real-time vxWorks operating system, is used to build software for devices such as network printers, switches, and cable modems that use 32-bit processors and require instant updates of information.
Current Java technology isn't sufficient for embedded systems development because it has multitasking problems and has a larger-than-necessary windowing class, according to Wind River public affairs manager Stephanie Schwarz. Due for release by the end of the year, JavaOS should address these problems, Schwarz said.
The name of the Java-enabled Tornado hasn't yet been finalized, but it will certainly include "Java." Pricing has not been announced either but Wind River will charge a fee for Java support to the current $16,500-per-seat Tornado license.