Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it is collaborating with Green Hills Software to support the RTCA/DO-178C certified multi-core INTEGRITY-178 tuMP (Time-Variant Unified Multi Processing) real-time operating system (RTOS) on its safety certifiable COTS single board computers (SBC). The first Curtiss-Wright product to support Green Hills Software’s safety certified multi-core RTOS is the recently introduced 3U OpenVPX™ VPX3-1220, an RTCA/ DO-254 Design Assurance Level (DAL) C safety certifiable SBC. Based on Intel’s latest generation Mobile Xeon® processor E3 v5 (formerly known as “Skylake-H”), the rugged VPX3-1220 features a low-power version of the Xeon processor and delivers high performance quad-core x86 processing with integrated graphics at typically 50% the power levels of previous solutions. The availability of INTEGRITY-178 tuMP for the VPX3-1220 provides the ideal combination for system integrators that require optimal throughput and industry-leading SWaP benefits for their Intel-based multi-core critical system.
The announcement follows Green Hills Software’s recent completion of all RTCA/DO-178B Level A certification requirements for INTEGRITY-178 tuMP. The combination of Curtiss-Wright’s RTCA/DO-254 safety certifiable SBCs and artifact kits, with a board support package (BSP) provided by Green Hills Software for its safety certified multi-core RTOS will significantly reduce the time and cost for integrators to certify avionics systems deployed on military and commercial manned and unmanned aircraft.
Designed with an RTCA/DO-254 design process from the beginning of the development cycle, Curtiss-Wright’s safety certifiable multi-core processor SBCs, when combined with Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS, will provide system designers with a complete COTS hardware/software solution for avionics systems. To speed and ease the safety certification process, an RTCA/DO-254 data artifact package for each SBC, and a certifiable board support package (BSP) with RTCA/DO-178 artifacts for the multi-core RTOS, will be available.
The VPX3-1220 is the industry’s first multi-core Intel Xeon-based SBC designed to meet DO-254 Design Assurance Level (DAL) C for use on safety critical military and civil aerospace platforms. This high-performance, safety certifiable COTS module is supported by a wide range of popular operating environments, including real-time operating systems certifiable to DO-178C. Because the VPX3-1220 is offered with off-the-shelf certifiable design artifacts available from Curtiss-Wright it speeds the system safety certification process. Available with certifiable DO-254 design artifacts from Curtiss-Wright, this powerful VPX module can greatly speed the deployment and certification of critical manned and unmanned airborne Safety Certifiable applications.
This SBC is ideal for use in SWaP-C constrained aerospace and defense systems. It’s designed for general purpose mission computing applications that require the highest possible processing performance while consuming low power. It speeds and simplifies the integration of Intel Xeon-class processing into demanding deployed applications such as mission computing, image and display processing, virtualization and small multi-SBC ISR systems.
The VPX3-1220 is easily integrated with other members of Curtiss-Wright’s extensive 3U OpenVPX product family, including Intel, Power Architecture® and ARM-based SBCs, powerful graphics and storage modules, as well as DSP and FPGA engines to develop powerful mission computing and ISR/EW systems. It joins the recently introduced Xeon Processor D-based CHAMP-XD1 3U VPX DSP processor card to provide customers with a wider choice of Xeon-based computing modules, enabling system designers to select the solution that best matches their application’s requirements without having to compromise on features and performance.
Designed to be pin-compatible with previous generations of Curtiss-Wright SBCs, the VPX3-1220 is ideal for use in technology upgrade programs. Thanks to its 6th generation ‘Skylake’ Xeon processor, the VPX3-1220 features faster DRAM and consumes lower power than previous generations of SBCs. The board’s enhanced graphics and video features deliver up to 3x faster GPU performance compared to predecessors.
The VPX3-1220 was developed under Curtiss-Wright’s COTS Safety Certifiable Module initiative using a process that results in a DO-254 DAL C certifiable product with supporting artifacts. The module’s DO-254 Artifact Kit offers reusable design artifacts and support documents for use in safety critical military and civil aerospace platforms.