- Airborne solution combines Harris’s FACE conformant FliteScene® Digital Moving Map Software, Green Hills and Pre-Validated Board-sets for Embedded Defense Applications
Ashburn, Va. 17 November 2017. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, in collaboration with Harris Corporation and Green Hills Software, has announced a new Power Architecture-based Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) aligned Airborne Digital Mapping Solution. The rugged open architecture COTS-based system features the Green Hills field-proven INTEGRITY®-178 tuMP™ safety- and security-critical multicore real-time operating system (RTOS) running Harris Corporation’s popular FliteScene® Digital Moving Map software. The application is powered by Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-133 OpenVPX™ single board computer (SBC) and VPX3-716 graphics display module. Designed to ease and speed the integration of situational awareness and high performance digital mapping functions into embedded commercial and military avionics systems, this pre-validated digital mapping system enables system architects to statically define when the VPX-133 SBC should deterministically execute the FliteScene application, and with which processor core (or cores).
The NXP® quad-core QorIQ™ T2080 Power Architecture processor based VPX3-133 is ideal for rugged deployed applications that do not require DO-254 safety-certifiable hardware. For applications that require DO-254 certification, Curtiss-Wright offers its VPX3-152, an NXP T2080-based SBC that supports DO-254 DAL A. Both SBCs support INTEGRITY-178 tuMP. For safety-certifiable SBC designs, NXP’s T2080 SOC is emerging as a de facto standard, thanks to its support from proven and trusted safety-certifiable OS vendors such as Green Hills Software. The VPX3-133, which shares a similar architecture to the VPX3-152, can be used to speed system development in advance of the VPX3-152’s upcoming availability.
The rugged VPX3-133 enables system designers to rapidly integrate COTS system solutions based on Green Hills Software’s RTCA/DO-178B DAL-A and CAST-32A compliant INTEGRITY-178 tuMP, the industry’s only multi-core RTOS that enables users to utilize all available compute power from the processor’s QorIQ cores, including virtual cores, all based on deterministic, user-defined core and scheduling assignments. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only multicore operating system that meets FACE v3.0 and the ARINC-653 standard’s requirement for multicore operation as defined in Section 2 of Supplement 4 for the ARINC-653 standard: “Multiple processes within a partition scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores,” and “Multiple partitions scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores.”