Certification

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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…
Multi-core is Ready for Takeoff

Multi-core is Ready for Takeoff

By Joe Wlad Over the past two years, there has been an upswing in adoption of multi-core silicon for safety-critical applications. Previously, customers were reticent about predicating new safety designs on multi-core silicon, but in the past year we’ve seen two changes that have compelled designers to reconsider their positions. First, both EASA and the FAA have released guidance related…
Safety certifications for UAVs

Safety certifications for UAVs

By Larry Kinnan The recent article, “Safety certification concerns for UAVs in national airspace” points out the challenges facing the use of UAVs in the national airspace that is also occupied by a myriad of commercial airplanes and helicopters already. While we would all like to have our pizzas and books delivered to our doorstep by these amazing devices it…

Securing Critical Infrastructure with MILS

By Paul Chen On February 12, the White House released the Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21), Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. The DHS website describes PPD-21 as “advancing a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure.” Sixteen different critical infrastructure sectors are identified, including: Chemical, Communications, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare and Public Health, Food and…

Avionics Europe 2013 Conference

By Paul Parkinson Last week I attended the Avionics Europe 2013 conference, which was held in Munich for the last time perhaps (as it is moving to Abu Dhabi in 2014). The theme of this year's conference was 'Tackling the Challenges in Avionics: Single Sky Many Platforms,' which continued to focus on the growth in air traffic across Europe and…

The Advent of Multi-core MILS

By Paul Parkinson It has been a rather long time since my previous blog post. I intended to post a blog before the holidays regarding our partner Curtiss-Wright's announcement about VxWorks MILS support on the VPX6-187, but I simply ran out of time! So here it is as my first blog post of 2013. The Curtiss-Wright new release was actually quite a game changer. To…

The New FACE of Avionics

By Chip Downing Earlier this year, Wind River announced its support of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) technical standard, which hopes to resolve two fundamental problems with military procurements. First, current aviation systems are typically developed for a unique set of requirements by a single vendor for a single aircraft, resulting in limited portability of software components, increased costs,…

Getting Code Coverage with LDRA Tools on Simics

By Jakob Engblom A system development tool like Simics is rarely used completely on its own. Simics is usually brought in by companies and development teams who are already using a variety of tools and expect to keep doing so along with Simics. Also, Simics by itself cannot reasonably be expected to solve all problems for all people. Instead, we…

What is the Real Impact of DO-178C and ED-12C?

By Joe Wlad DO-178C and ED-12C are now released.  What does this mean for Wind River and its customers? Now that RCTA DO-178 and its European equivalent, EUROCAE ED-12, have been updated after nearly twenty years, many are wondering, what is the impact to Wind River and our customers?  We’ve provided our customers with products and services based on DO-178B…

Avionics Europe 2012 Report

By Paul Parkinson I've just got back from the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and exhibition which was held in Munich. The theme of this year's conference was 'Common Sky: Operating in One Air Space' focussing on the growth in air traffic across Europe, the challenges arising for air traffic management and navigation, and the development of SESAR air traffic management…