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

ALAMEDA, Calif. and LEESBURG, VA – January 19, 2010 – 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.

"Wind River continues to lead the way in delivering software development solutions to meet the rigorous safety certification requirements of the aerospace and defense industry," said Marc Brown, vice president, marketing and strategy, VxWorks Product Division, Wind River. "Wind River's strong partnership with Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing and board support package with DO-178B certification evidence underscore our commitment to helping our customers realize efficiencies by using commercial off-the-shelf solutions in safety critical environments."

Additional details about the VxWorks DO-178B Platform can be found at

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