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Single board computer for mission-critical avionics

Posted: 05 Nov 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:avionics  single board computer  signal processing 

GE Intelligent Platforms has introduced the Wind River VxWorks 653 platform on two of its rugged 3U and 6U OpenVPX single board computers for mission-critical avionics applications. According to the company, the solution runs on the SBC625 6U OpenVPX based on the Intel Core i7 processor and the SBC312 3U OpenVPX, which features the 8-core QorIQ P4080 processor from Freescale.

The software platform promises to deliver the stringent integrated modular avionics (IMA) foundation aerospace and defence companies need to address the safety and security requirements of mission critical applications, as well as the portability and reusability requirements of non-critical applications. For organisations developing solutions designed to comply with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) reference architecture that is increasingly being mandated as a requirement by the U.S. military, VxWorks 653 provides the base technology to deliver future conformance with the FACE Safety Base Profile of the FACE Technical Reference Manual, added GE Intelligent Platforms.

The VxWorks 653 platform supplies complete ARINC 653 Part 1 conformance and expands the ARINC 653 XML configuration capabilities to enable a true multi-vendor platform that supports fully independent RTCA DO-297/EUROCAE ED-124 IMA supplier sourcing.

The SBC625 brings substantial processing power, graphics capability, I/O bandwidth and functional density to customers developing and deploying demanding mil/aero applications, which include command/control, ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar/sonar and signal processing.

For demanding space- and weight-constrained environments such as unmanned vehicles, the SBC312, with its 8-core processor, brings significantly higher performance and throughput while maintaining the power consumption and heat dissipation characteristics of earlier dual core 3U VPX single board computers.

VxWorks 653 serves as a key technology in a range of commercial, space, safety and mission-critical programmes, both manned and unmanned. It is used in over 300 programmes by more than 165 customers on over 60 aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing commercial and military aircraft such as the Airbus A400M and Boeing 787, NASA space vehicles, as well as advanced autonomous vehicles such as the nEUROn, the firm noted.

Board support packages (BSPs) for VxWorks 653 for the SBC625 and SBC312 are available at no cost from GE Intelligent Platforms for buyers of the single board computers.

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