Yaskawa Taps Wind River Linux for Smarter Robots

Wind River® announces that Yaskawa Electric Corporation now employs Wind River Linux in the development of its new industrial robot, MOTOMAN NEXT.

Particularly, MOTOMAN NEXT is capable of autonomous adaptivity to the environment and can make judgments with advanced AI capabilities. Yaskawa’s new robot, powered by NVIDIA® Jetson Orin™ and Wind River Linux, realizes new levels of intelligence and autonomy. Moreover, it can handle challenging tasks in unstructured environments. Accordingly, it drives automation into new application areas that previously were challenging to automate. This was due to the need for human-level perception and judgment capabilities.

“AI is opening exciting new pathways. We are pleased to support the next generation of AI-capable robotics from an industry leader such as Yaskawa in combination with Wind River Linux and NVIDIA Jetson,” said Amit Ronen, Chief Customer Officer, Wind River. “Together with Yaskawa and NVIDIA, we can help teams rapidly innovate in machine learning and AI to deliver more intelligent systems.”

Yaskawa Electric’s MOTOMAN NEXT Series

Powers Autonomous Control Unit

Additionally, MOTOMAN NEXT can execute tasks based on its judgment of changes in the surrounding environment and the system’s status; for example, accounting for other robots and peripheral devices. Also, it can perform tasks that previously required human recognition skills and judgment. These include navigating an optimal path to avoid obstacles or sorting and boxing items of varying color and shape, as well as tasks with many variables and uncertain elements.

Wind River Linux is used in the MOTOMAN NEXT autonomous control unit, running on NVIDIA Jetson Orin.

Enables Advanced AI Edge Application

Meanwhile, NVIDIA Jetson is a platform for edge AI, embedded, and robotics applications. It provides scalable software, a modern AI stack, production-ready ROS packages, and application-specific AI workflows. Also, it can share AI software and cloud-native workflows while delivering the power-efficient performance required for building software-defined autonomous machines and breakthrough edge AI solutions. The combination of Wind River Linux and the NVIDIA Jetson platform enables advanced AI edge applications.

As the embedded industry’s leading and most advanced Linux platform,1 Wind River Linux helps teams develop, deploy, and operate robust, reliable, and secure embedded solutions running on a purpose-built Linux operating system. Wind River Linux offers high stability and security to meet high-performance needs for mission-critical applications. For more information about Wind River Linux, visit

-18 April 2024-