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Wind River Updates VxWorks DO-178B Platform for Aerospace and Defense Systems

25th January 2010
ES Admin
Wind River and Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing today announced the immediate availability of Wind River's VxWorks DO-178B Platform, designed to meet the stringent safety certification requirements of the aerospace and defense industry. The new release of the platform includes complete DO-178B Level A certification evidence for a reference board support package (BSP) for the SVME/DMV-183 single board computer and additional processor support for Intel™ Core™ 2 Duo IA-32 and Power Architecture© e600 cores. This makes it easier for customers to migrate to new higher performance hardware and reduce their time-to-market.
The new release of VxWorks DO-178B Platform continues Wind River's tradition of basing its safety critical platform on its market-leading VxWorks, and thereby the flexibility to easily migrate to COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware, giving customers the flexibility to use the best hardware that fits their requirements.

To ease and speed the development of DO-178B Platform COTS solutions, Wind River offers a pre-packaged solution that includes a BSP with FAA DO-178B certification evidence for the SVME/DMV-183 single board computer. With many customers already leveraging Curtiss-Wright Controls' boards, this solution offers a pre-configured combination that saves time and money.

We are excited to be partnering with Wind River in their development of the first VxWorks DO-178B Platform board support package for our SVME/DMV-183 single board computer, said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. This is a great step forward in our commitment to provide our mutual aerospace and defense customers with a proven off-the-shelf solution for safety critical applications, which customers have long desired to significantly reduce their development time and costs.

Specifically, the new features of VxWorks DO-178B Platform include:

* Support for Intel IA-32 architecture, and Power Architecture e600 cores, giving customers developing safety critical applications the option of processors that may provide better performance-to-cost ratios depending on the application. DO-178B level A/B/C/D certification is available on both the Power Architecture e600 and e300 cores;
* Board Support Package (BSP) with DO-178B level A/B/C/D certification evidence for the SVME/DMV-183 single board computer, offering customers a cost-effective COTS hardware and software solution to save significant time and money when developing safety critical devices.

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