Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wind River announces COTS RTCA DO-178C certification evidence for VxWorks product line

ALAMEDA, USA: Wind River has extended its safety critical systems product capabilities to support complete RTCA DO-178C certification evidence as a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution.

Adherence to DO-178C, Level A guidelines is now supported in Wind River’s industry-leading VxWorks real-time operating system product line--specifically, VxWorks Cert Platform, for federated systems, and VxWorks 653 Platform, for ARINC 653 space and time partitioned, multi-vendor Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) systems.

DO-178 is the guidance document recommended by the FAA to ensure software will perform safely and reliably in an airborne system. The latest revision of DO-178, revision C, includes updates to address new software methodologies and technologies not addressed by DO-178B.

DO-178C was released with four supplements that address emerging software trends and technologies, specifically: software tool qualification considerations, model-based design, object-oriented design, and formal methods of certification. These documents were created by RTCA SC-205 (together with EUROCAE WG-71), a DO-178C working group which includes worldwide members from industry and government agencies. DO-178C supplements include: DO-330, DO-331, DO-332, and DO-333.

“Wind River leads the industry with its COTS DO-178C compliant certification evidence. The VxWorks 653 DVD contains over 70,000 hyperlinked files to support the insertion of this evidence into a FAA-certified system,” said George Romanski, CEO of Verocel Inc., which has been a member of SC-205 since its inception.

“This suite of COTS certification products continues to expand and advance Wind River’s leadership in critical software solutions,” said Joe Wlad, senior director of aerospace and defense at Wind River and FAA designated engineering representative. “This capability will be invaluable to our customers using our VxWorks product line by helping them to qualify their end systems to meet DO-178C software quality standards.”

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