Wind River VxWorks 653 Selected for nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Demonstrator
|Multi-vendor COTS approach to safety-certified software enables future of unmanned air combat.|
SAN JOSE, California – Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley 2008 – Booth #1929 – April 15, 2008 – Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced today that the nEUROn European Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator will be standardized on Wind River's VxWorks 653® operating system. The computer core system complies with the ARINC 653-1 avionics standard and can be supplied with complete RTCA DO-178B / EUROCAE ED-12B up to Level A certification documentation.
The objective of the nEUROn project is not to perform military missions, but to demonstrate maturity and effectiveness of technical and cooperation solutions. This technology demonstrator will have the following goals:
The nEUROn UCAV demonstrator is being developed with the intention of demonstrating a modular and reliable avionics system, using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)-based modular on-board computers, and high-productivity and high-quality critical real-time software.
The nEUROn technological demonstrator project is organized with a unique Prime Contractor, Dassault Aviation, which is in charge of the main contract implementation, and five European partners:
Andi Pabinger, Vice President of EMEA Sales for Wind River, reveals: "We are seeing more unmanned systems developed internationally by disparate teams to meet increasingly diverse mission requirements. This growing complexity is driving the need for COTS components – including the software at the heart of unmanned vehicles."
Pabinger continues: "European Systems integrators are choosing Wind River's validated solutions, backed up by award-winning support to reduce risk and certification costs. This allows them to concentrate on added functionality and flexibility for world-class projects like the nEUROn. VxWorks 653 inherently supports supplier separation per DO-297, enabling the asynchronous systems integration of ARINC 653 platform providers and application software suppliers, reducing certification complexity."
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