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Airbus A400M and Boeing 787 Dreamliner first flight

Wow! What a week for our customers in Europe and USA! Last week saw the first flight of the Airbus A400M Military Transport and today the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies! Congratulations go out to Airbus, Boeing and all of their worldwide suppliers! Our man on the ground at Paine Field, Everett is Chip Downing, Director of A&D…

Avionics 09

I am back in the office after a busy few weeks at Embedded World and Avionics 09. I read in the news that the third C-130AMP has its first flight ahead of schedule which is excellent news in these days of doom and gloom over the economy! The C-130 AMP is a heavy user of our technology, so that prompted…

More Eclipse news

Following on from my last blog, I see that  RTI has also joined the Eclipse Framework. This bring to the Eclipse life cycle model RTI's excellent tool for looking at distributed systems using RTI's DDS through Eclipse Perspectives. You can read more about DDS at RTI's web site This means you now have the capability in Eclipse to move from…

Tools standardisation

Changing tracks for a moment I couldn't help but pick up on one of my Google Alerts this morning regarding what is essentially the technology behind DSO standardisation - ECLIPSE. Here is what I read Pluginfest Day TwoBy Adrian Taylor Some of the tools available from WindRiver, for example, are just light years ahead of what’s available for Symbian OS.…

Software Certification

I wonder why it is always the case that the period of time just before year end is suddenly very hectic! There must be a universal law about that, something like Murphy's Law...Anyway, I have just returned from 2 weeks of travel around Italy, Sweden and the US visiting customers and presenting our solutions. I always enjoy meeting folks and…

BARCO’s MOSArt

Another great piece of news! I was really pleased to see the announcement on BARCO's use of our VxWorks 653 operating system in their MOSArt system. I remember many years ago when BARCO decided to embark on the MOSArt project and they chose  Green Hills over us, if I recall correctly because at the time we had only just started…

Great news for POSIX

If you didn't see the Press announcement, we have just completed our conformance testing of VxWorks to POSIX 1003.13 PSE52 with The Open Group  [IEEE Conformance Web]!! This adds to the long line of "firsts" for VxWorks, including my favourite of being the first RTOS on MARS!. As I outlined in my blog on POSIX Profiles then PSE52 or Realtime…

Obsolescence and Standardisation

I was reading through one of my (many) news feeds the other day when I came across an excellent article in Flight which reminded me of issues around obsolescence. The contract as for an upgrade to the RAF Spitfires for modifications to the landing gear to accommodate new tubeless tyres. This reminded me of a presentation given at the COG…

Compliance vs Conformance?

What is the difference between compliance and conformance and what does that mean to you and me? Or more importantly what does this mean to your project? Well, compliance is an informal industry term generally accepted to mean the system provides support for some of a given standard. Technically, an OS that provides only one API of a POSIX standard…

POSIX and DSO

Next week I am off to the Open Group Meeting in Lisbon (excellent!) to talk about High Assurance Software and MILS [podcast link]. No doubt POSIX will come up as the OpenGroup "looks after" POSIX. If you did not see the comment on POSIX posted to my last blog take a look. This is POSIX in a nutshell - it…