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Avionics 2012 Conference

By Paul Parkinson It's been a long time since my previous blog, as unfortunately I've been engrossed in a number of projects! However, I have just got time to mention that I'm really looking forward to the Avionics Europe conference in Munich on 21-22 March. The conference programme is pretty packed, covering cockpit avionics and technologies for civil and military…

IEC 62304, EN 62304…Confused?

 By Nikhil Chauhan The requirements of IEC 62304 and EN 62304 are identical.  Both, IEC 62304 and EN 62304, share the same genealogy and are well recognized software life cycle standards. The only difference is that they are promoted by two different standardization bodies. IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and CENELEC adopted the same standard concurrently. IEC 62304 is a worldwide…

VxWorks Cert Now Supports ARM!

By Alex Wilson Aerospace and defense has relied on rugged embedded vehicle mounted computers for many years, but as devices become more mobile, and with increased demand to reduce SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power), ARM-based computers become an interesting alternative.  Added to that is the wealth of functionality available in ARM devices that make it a good choice, not only to…

VxWorks Cert: Supporting Low Power Devices in Safety Critical Systems

By Bill Graham Embedded microprocessors are steadily progressing towards more performance while maintaining or decreasing power requirements (more succinctly, the performance per watt is getting better and better). High performance processors that decrease system power requirements are desired in safety critical systems just as they are in the general embedded marketplace. Our recent release of VxWorks Cert Platform adds support…

Secure Mobility Message Resonates at MILCOM 2011

By Chip Downing MILCOM 2011 last week in Baltimore, MD was not only educational, but it was a watershed event.   Last year, it was a “coming out” party for custom Android devices; this year however, was the year where many companies are now using COTS hardware and software to their fullest extent, along the entire supply chain, from core to…

Unmanned Systems: More Reports of Security Vulnerabilities

By Joe Wlad By now, you’ve likely heard the latest report of security holes in unmanned ground control systems. This time, a key-logging virus has been found on one or more hard drives at the Nevada operations center for the Predator and Reaper unmanned vehicles. While the investigation is ongoing and impact of the virus is determined, the real concern…

Boeing 787: The long certification journey comes to an end

By Joe Wlad Today, Boeing delivered its first 787 aircraft to All Nippon Airways (ANA) marking a huge technical, moral and financial achievement. Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO, GE Aviation Systems, commented in today’s news release: “This is an opportunity for 787 partners to celebrate their role in bringing the 787 Dreamliner to ANA and the world.” We at Wind River…

Linux, Common Criteria and OS Protection Profiles

By Paul Parkinson In 2011, computer and network security news stories, which were previously the preserve of specialist journals and blogs, have become commonplace in the mainstream media. There are now many different types of threat, which are sometimes categorised into hacktivist, e-crime and most recently, advanced persistent threats (APT). Whilst some of these attacks have exploited zero day vulnerabilities,…

Embedded Virtualization to Underpin Next Generation Network-Centric Operations

By Chip Downing “Embedded virtualization” is a technology that is rapidly proliferating in global defense systems that deliver critical data to warfighters.  Embedded virtualization is typically instantiated in small layer of software called a hypervisor that controls all activities and functions on a microprocessor deployed in a military control and communications equipment. These hypervisors can be foundations for hosting a…

Unmanned Systems No Longer Require Human, or Canine, Participation

By Joe Wlad Forty-plus years ago, when automatic pilots were first used to perform automatic landings of large aircraft, there was a joke that was circulated among pilots everywhere. Future aircraft would be manned only by a single pilot and a dog. The pilot’s job would be to feed the dog. The dog’s job would be to bite the pilot…