VxWorks 653 Product Overview

October 4, 2019

Aerospace and defense platforms are increasingly mandated to maximize performance while meeting stringent affordability, safety certification, and physical constraints on device size, weight, and power (SWaP). To meet these needs, program and engineering managers have to ensure that the correct applications and architectures are selected right from the beginning of a project.

As technology progresses, the defense industry is gravitating toward using a mixture of powerful hardware platforms and standards-based, open virtualization systems that support unmodified guest OS environments, enabling developers to make use of the platforms’ flexibility to extract value across multiple use cases. One example is the consolidation specification for integrated modular avionics (IMA) systems: ARINC specification 653. Use of this internationally accepted specification enables multiple avionics vendors and hostedfunction suppliers to safely deploy integrated applications on a shared multi-core hardware platform, while maintaining complete system conformance with rigorous avionics safety standards such as RTCA DO-178C, EUROCAE ED-12C, RTCA DO-254, EUROCAE ED-80, RTCA DO-297, and EUROCAE ED-124.

VxWorks® 653 Multi-core Edition is a safe, secure, and reliable real-time operating system (RTOS). It delivers an ARINC 653–conformant system by providing robust time and space partitioning on the latest hardware platforms to ensure fault containment and the ability to upgrade applications with minimal test and integration demands.

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