Aerospace & Defense

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Reliable, Safe and Secure? Ada and VxWorks Can Help!

Reliable, Safe and Secure? Ada and VxWorks Can Help!

By guest contributor Ben Brosgol, Senior Technical Staff, AdaCore Writing reliable, safe and secure software is tough. Doing it for for hard real-time systems with demanding certification requirements -- such as DO-178B or DO-178C for avionics -- is tougher and indeed is one of the most daunting challenges that a developer has to face. Meeting this challenge calls for experience-hardened…
OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

By Ka Kay Achacoso When a wind turbine collects sensor data about its surrounding environment, or an off-shore oil rig logs its readings into its records, the data can be analyzed for decision-making factors: Are the sudden changes in engine noise an indication of wear?  Are there any flying objects headed towards danger zones? Are the engine settings optimal for…
From System Design to Certification: Wind River Helps Rockwell Collins Reduce the Risk of Multi-core Certification

From System Design to Certification: Wind River Helps Rockwell Collins Reduce the Risk of Multi-core Certification

By Paul Parkinson RTCA DO-178C / EUROCAE ED-12C safety certification is a crucial step for safety-critical avionics software programs, but for many program managers and software leads it still poses significant risk, especially when using multi-core processors. This risk is mainly due to the fact that certification authorities have not yet issued formal guidance or policy on multi-core certification. Although…
Wind River’s Connected Vehicle Solutions and Professional Services Achieve CMMI® Level 3 Rating

Wind River’s Connected Vehicle Solutions and Professional Services Achieve CMMI® Level 3 Rating

By Amit Ronen Wind River is proud to announce that the CMMI® Institute has appraised our Connective Vehicle Solutions and Professional Services at a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® Level 3, underscoring our dedication to continuous improvement and producing quality solutions and services that make a difference. CMMI is a globally-recognized set of best practices that enable organizations to improve…
Wind River and Rockwell Collins Bring Open Architectures from Planning to Production

Wind River and Rockwell Collins Bring Open Architectures from Planning to Production

By Chip Downing Although many military aircraft suppliers, armed services, and government organizations have been promoting Open Architecture (OA) and Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) for years, it has been somewhat difficult to find really good implementations of open architectures in shipping, fielded products.   Many companies simply tend to create and update purpose-built platforms that are the legacy of almost…
Introducing VxWorks 653 on Arm Architecture

Introducing VxWorks 653 on Arm Architecture

By Stephen Olsen Whether building a new aircraft or designing new capabilities into industrial and medical control systems, choosing the right system software and hardware architectures is crucial for the success of the program. The aerospace and defense industry and the embedded community continue to shift towards adopting the latest hardware to solve challenging performance problems that address a variety…
The FACE™ Approach is the New Foundation of Affordable Military Avionics

The FACE™ Approach is the New Foundation of Affordable Military Avionics

By Chip Downing I am truly excited that The Open Group FACE™ Consortium has just released the latest FACE Technical Standard, Edition 3.0.   This is a milestone in creating open standards for next generation military avionics systems and includes incremental improvements to the existing standard, as well as an enhanced data architecture, graphics, and lifecycle management services.  With these enhancements…
Wind River Introduces Intel Architecture Support for VxWorks 653 Multi-Core Edition

Wind River Introduces Intel Architecture Support for VxWorks 653 Multi-Core Edition

By Stephen Olsen VxWorks 653 Multi-Core Edition passed an important milestone with the addition of a new architecture to the list of fully supported platforms. Intel multi-core hardware has emerged over the last several years as a great choice for multiple programs that require increased computation power scaling across safe and secure applications in industries like aerospace and defense, industrial…
When supplier product lifecycles fight back

When supplier product lifecycles fight back

By Kevin Konkos As a young systems engineer I was often mentored by my Chief Systems Engineer to define requirements beyond product features and consider the “ilities”.  These “ilities,” such as reliability, maintainability, and supportability define the success of the product over the entire product lifecycle.  As a mid-twenties systems engineer it was hard for me to imagine the issues…
Cybersecurity:  The Importance of Protecting Data at Rest with VxWorks

Cybersecurity: The Importance of Protecting Data at Rest with VxWorks

By Ka Kay Achacoso A few months ago, Equifax had a data breach that exposed to hackers the names, social security numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other sensitive personal information and resulted in a total of 145.5 million consumers impacted by this cyber security breach  after the forensic investigation concluded.  The resulting outcry from potentially affected businesses…