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Avionics software framework supports Intel's 11 Gen Core i7

6th October 2021
Caroline Hayes

Lynx Software Technologies continues collaboration with Intel with the announcement that MOSA.ic for Avionics supports 11th Generation Intel Core processors.

In tandem with the announcement that Lynx MOSA.ic for Avionics software development framework now supports 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, the company has also released details of the first board products it is supporting from Kontron and Mercury Systems.

The software, third-party technology and tools is intended for rapidly building robust avionics systems. It is based on the LynxSecure lightweight hypervisor, which was developed according to DO-178C DAL A standards and supports ARINC 653 architecture requirements. It also adheres to the Modular Open Systems Approach laid out by the US Department of Defense, with open flexibility that enables real-time developers to efficiently bring to market complex hardware and software platforms.

Support for the latest Intel Core processors means that customers can use the same technology across platforms, from the Intel Atom to the Intel Xeon processor. In safety certification, it is more straightforward to certify a processor with fewer, higher-performance CPU cores than one that incorporates more but lower-performance cores. The 11th Gen Intel Core i7 offers on-chip graphics technology designed to drive system performance, reduce power and footprint of electronics and simplify the supply chain.

Tony Franklin, GM Federal and Aerospace Group, Intel, commented: “As avionics systems become even more complex, the availability of a solution like Lynx MOSA.ic for Avionics is key to controlling the time and costs associated with the development, certification and deployment of mission-critical electronics". The partnership means that there is Lynx support across the Intel portfolio, from the Intel Atom to the 11th Generation Intel Core processors to fit any avionics project, he added.

Kontron North America's senior vice president of R&D, Jason Larocque, greeted the announcement enthusiastically: "Compelling hardware is only relevant if there is a software ecosystem around it to support it. The ability for customers to reuse software from previous products to our COMe-cTL6 (E2) Com Express card will reduce development costs and speed the time to market”.

Jay Abendroth, vice president of Mercury Systems’ Mission business unit, can also see the benefits for the company's hardware. “Our avionics modules are specifically designed to support advanced mission workloads like artificial intelligence (AI), machine vision and converged applications. By using Lynx MOSA.ic on our latest SBC3515-S single board computer featuring Intel’s 11th Gen Core i7 processor, designers can accelerate critical avionics applications and expedite the certification process while saving time and money," he said.

The updated Lynx MOSA.ic for Avionics also extends the company’s support for open standards, including Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) 3.1, the latest version of the standard that is widely adopted by users such as the US Army.

“CoreAVI has a long track record of tight partnerships including recent work for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,” said Dan Joncas, chief sales and marketing officer, CoreAVI. “Our team prides itself on its leadership in safety-critical aerospace technology, and Lynx’s support for the 11th generation Intel Core means we can work with the industry’s leading-edge solutions.”

For more information, visit Lynx MOSA.ic's Avionics Software Platform page

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