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Aonix Releases PERCĀ® Ultra Embedded VM on VxWorks 6.x

PERC release provides first VxWorks 6.x solution for embedded Java developers.

San Diego, CA, May 16, 2006 --( Aonix®, the provider of the PERC® real-time virtual machines for embedded targets, announced the availability of PERC Ultra for Wind River VxWorks 6.x. PERC Ultra is the industry-leading real-time virtual machine, featuring the predictable performance critically needed for complex embedded applications. PERC Ultra offers the predictable performance and high levels of reliability fundamental to the military and aerospace markets where the VxWorks device software platform dominates. The high productivity required for these markets is supported by broad off-the-shelf Java™ component access made possible with PERC Ultra.

The PERC Ultra port to VxWorks 6.x fully supports Java™ applications running within the VxWorks Real Time Process (RTP) protected memory model. Introduced with VxWorks 6.x, RTPs provide process-based, user-mode application execution in addition to traditional kernel-mode execution. The kernel is protected from user-mode applications running in VxWorks RTPs. This provides memory protection to the Java application from other kernel tasks and RTPs. The VxWorks RTP model supports both shared libraries and DLL plug-ins, and PERC Ultra supports dynamic loading of native libraries. PERC development tools plug directly into the Eclipse-based Wind RiverÒ Workbench environment.

“Aonix is pleased to be the first real-time VM supplier to support VxWorks 6.x,” said Dave Wood, Aonix Director of Marketing. “We have seen a strong demand particularly from our customers in avionics, space, and military markets for embedded Java technology for Wind River platforms. Our clients want the new features and capabilities of the VxWorks 6.x platform, and we are pleased to ensure that they can incorporate these advantages with their Java applications.”

“Java is increasingly important as a development and deployment platform for device software developers,” said Steve LaPedis, vice president of field and partner marketing at Wind River. “Aonix’ PERC has been deployed in reliable systems for over eight years, and PERC Ultra and PERC Pico allow Java™ developers to rapidly develop complex device software applications with real-time performance comparable to C/C++ on VxWorks 6.x platforms.”

PERC Ultra is the ideal solution for embedded applications of high complexity, thanks to PERC Ultra’s predictable performance and its extensive support of off-the-shelf J2SE libraries and components. Its sister product, PERC Pico, meets the needs of resource-constrained hard real-time applications, featuring performance and footprint characteristics comparable to C. PERC Pico is smaller and faster than any other real-time virtual machine, yet it preserves key virtues of Java™ such as portability, reliability, and scalability.

PERC Ultra and PERC Pico are interoperable within a single application. For the first time, it is now possible for Java developers to create complete complex applications from infrastructure to the device level, without resorting to the use of other languages with less portability and robust memory use for specialized components.

Shipping and Availability
PERC Ultra for VxWorks 6.x is shipping now for Windows and Solaris hosts and PowerPC targets with AOT and JIT compilation. PERC development tools are available at no charge in combination with a maintenance contract. Target execution and deployment license pricing is based on projected volume.

About PERC®
First introduced nine years ago, PERC is the most widely used real-time Virtual Machine available for Java developers, with fielded installations in telecommunications, telematics, avionics, deep space exploration, and office automation applications. PERC supports most major real-time operating systems and a variety of target processors including PowerPC, XScale, ARM, and Intel x86 architectures.

PERC Ultra is a virtual machine and toolset expressly created for demanding embedded and real-time systems requiring J2SE™ support. PERC Ultra delivers the ease and efficiency of Java™ Standard Edition support without sacrificing integrity, performance, or real-time behavior. It offers AOT and JIT compilation, remote debug support, deterministic garbage collection, standard graphics and extended commercial RTOS support. The PERC product line also features PERC Pico, a virtual machine designed for hard real-time applications requiring fast execution, small footprint, and access to low-level devices.

About Aonix®
Aonix offers mission- and safety-critical solutions primarily to the military and aerospace, telecommunications and transportation industries. Aonix delivers the leading high-reliability, real-time embedded virtual machine solution for running Java™ programs deployed today and has the largest number of certified Ada applications at the highest level of criticality. Headquartered in San Diego, CA and Paris, France, Aonix operates sales offices throughout North America and Europe in addition to offering a network of international distributors. For more information, visit

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at or call 1-800-872-4977.


Aonix and PERC are registered trademarks and trademarks of Aonix. Java™ and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other tradenames and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2006, Aonix, all rights reserved. 

CONTACT: Dave Wood 
Director of Marketing
(858) 824-0254 

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Media Relations - Hughes Communications, Inc.
(860) 423-6513
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