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Wind River and Partners Drive COTS In Safety-Certified Avionics Displays

Avionics systems suppliers using these combined COTS solutions can save up to 35% or more over the life of a DO-178B certified system

Barco Avionics Systems

AMSTERDAM - Avionics 2008 - Booth E31 - March 5, 2008 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced today that it has established a new product integration with Esterel Technologies, a leader in model-based design, verification and qualified code. The partnership will incorporate formal design and development technologies into safety-critical software for the avionics industry, which delivers advanced 3-D graphics and video displays, utilizing more data than ever before and requiring a new design process. The result is code generated from Esterel's SCADE Suite® and SCADE Display™ targeted for Wind River's VxWorks 653® platform, which is safety-certified to DO-178B Level A and fully conformant to ARINC 653, Supplement 2 Part 1. These combined commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions allow avionics systems suppliers to save up to 35% or more over the life of a DO-178B certified system.

Wind River's VxWorks 653 Integrated Multiple Avionics (IMA) platform allows sophisticated display functions to be easily integrated into time- and space-partitioned systems using standard COTS platforms. Developers of displays can now focus on providing added functionality and new features rather than building a foundation from scratch to meet rigorous safety standards. Technology from Esterel gives the embedded developer the ability to efficiently design safety-critical avionics display applications targeted for the Wind River platform. The unique integration between Esterel and Wind River products includes qualified code generation, verification, and enhanced support for OpenGL SC, safety-critical graphics in the deployed system.

Once the application is designed, the code can be automatically generated in C or Ada and integrated on the Avionics Platform. AdaCore, provider of high quality Ada tools and support services, has fully integrated their Ada code, compliant to the Ada 2005 standard, into the design workflow. The Ada programming language is the language of choice in a long list of avionics projects (787, A380, 767, A330 MRTT, 777, Eurofighter, NH90 and others). The new ISO standard, Ada 2005, goes even further in providing innovative features for building safety-critical software. New restrictions and profiles allow projects to adapt their run-time to their safety-critical development, supporting deterministic scheduling and initialization, together with static source code analysis. Ada 2005 introduces flexible task-dispatching policies, execution-time clocks and timers, and a unification of concurrent and object-oriented features. These make Ada the safest choice when building programs that can't fail.

Barco, a Wind River customer and maker of display systems for the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye, Pilatus PC-21 and Honeywell's Primus 1000, 2000, 2000XP, SPZ-8400, 8500 and SPZ-8000 avionics systems, are taking advantage of open architecture to build open standards-based displays based on COTS design tools and OpenGL. These components enable customers to easily develop and integrate their own applications into display solutions.

Jean-Christophe Monfret, Product Management Director at Barco, explains, "Military and civil aviation customers are demanding more advanced applications that become available faster, that are cheaper and that are better integrated into the same unit. This approach enables them to reduce weight and space, improve system availability, and comply with various levels of the DO-178B software safety standard. The open architecture enabled by Wind River and its partner ecosystem allows us to meet these rigorous requirements and reduce our time to market. Certifying systems such as primary flight display, synthetic vision, enhanced vision and digital moving map for ARINC 653 requires a COTS approach to maintain a competitive edge. Wind River is a pioneer in COTS software and understands the high service-level demands of our environment. That is why we have selected VxWorks 653 as the default core operating system for our MOSArt solution for open displays."

Alex Wilson, Aerospace and Defence Specialist for Wind River adds, "Avionics systems are quickly moving toward standards-based certification as systems integrators are being asked to deliver increasingly complex products. Together with our partners, we are able to reduce development and certification risk. With approximately 40,000 developers using Wind River platforms, we are confident that the airspace of tomorrow requires a COTS strategy for software development."

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or call 1-800-872-4977.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3800 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 751 million in 2006.

About MOSArt
MOSArt is Barco's Modular Open System Architecture for real-time avionics applications. MOSArt allows system integrators to be in full control of software development and to integrate their own software on Barco's powerful open hardware platform. By doing this, customers can preserve the intellectual property of their core technology (Primary Flight Display, Synthetic Vision, Flight Management System, mission computer,...). MOSArt is an affordable, flexible platform, offering optimal flexibility for manufacturer-independent future evolutions.

About Esterel Technologies
Esterel Technologies is the worldwide leader of model-based design, verification and code generation tools for critical embedded systems.

SCADE Suite™ is the market leading, model-based development environment dedicated to safety-critical embedded software:

  • DO-178B qualified up to level A for Military and Aerospace Industries
  • IEC 61508 certified at SIL 3 by TÜV for Heavy Equipment, and Energy
  • EN 50128 certified at SIL 4 by TÜVfor Rail Transportation

SCADE Display™ is the leading edge embedded graphics design environment dedicated to safety-critical display systems, DO-178B qualified up to level A for Military and Aerospace Industries.

Esterel Technologies is a privately held company with headquarters in Elancourt, France and Mountain View, California, USA, and with direct sales offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, and China.

For additional information, visit the Esterel Technologies website at www.esterel-technologies.com.

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial software solutions for Ada, a modern programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where safety, security, and reliability are critical. AdaCore's flagship product is the GNAT Pro development environment, which comes with expert on-line support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has an extensive worldwide customer base; See http://www.adacore.com/home/company/customers/ for more information.

Ada and GNAT Pro continue to see growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railroad systems, and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services. AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris. www.adacore.com

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