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Intel sells Wind River to TPG

Steve Rogerson
April 10, 2018
 
Intel is selling its embedded software subsidiary Wind River to private equity investment firm TPG for an undisclosed amount. Wind River president Jim Douglas and his existing executive management team will continue to lead the firm after the transaction closes.
 
Wind River was formed in 1981 and was acquired by Intel in 2009 for $884m.
 
“Our technology team is focused on backing strong, market-leading companies in growing industries,” said Nehal Raj, partner and head of technology investing at Texas-based TPG. “We see a tremendous market opportunity in industrial software driven by the convergence of the internet of things (IoT), intelligent devices and edge computing. As a market leader with a strong product portfolio, Wind River is well positioned to benefit from these trends. We are excited about the prospects for Wind River as an independent company, and plan to build on its strong foundation with investments in both organic and inorganic growth.”
 
For nearly 40 years, Wind River has helped technology companies power generations of secure devices. The company’s software runs the computing systems of the most important modern infrastructure, including manufacturing plants, medical devices, aircraft, railway, automobiles and communications networks.
 
Wind River’s products help engineers, developers, manufacturers and system integrators build intelligent connected devices, sensors, gateways and networks that unlock machine data and connect it to cloud and IT environments.
 
“This acquisition will establish Wind River as a leading independent software provider uniquely positioned to advance digital transformation within critical infrastructure segments with our comprehensive edge to cloud portfolio,” said Douglas. “At the same time, TPG will provide Wind River with the flexibility and financial resources to fuel our many growth opportunities as a standalone software company that enables the deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems.”
 
The transaction, for which Allen & Co served as financial advisor to Intel, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.
 
“This move is designed to sharpen our focus on growth opportunities that align to Intel’s data-centric strategy,” said Tom Lantzsch, senior vice president and general manager of the IoT group at Intel. “Wind River will remain an important ecosystem partner, and we will continue to collaborate on critical software-defined infrastructure opportunities to advance an autonomous future. We expect this transition will be seamless for our mutual customers and partners.”