RTOS

DDC-I and LDRA Announce Integrated Tooling for DO-178C Testing for Deos RTOS Users

Deos/LDRA tool suite integration leverages unique RTOS instrumentation hooks to deliver enhanced timing analysis and Worst-Case Execution Time (WCET) test capability, applicable for high design assurance systems and especially useful for multi-core system development

 

PHOENIX, AZ, USA and WIRRAL, UK – June 17, 2024 – DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, and LDRA, the leading provider of automated code analysis and software testing tools and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, today announced an enhanced integration between the Deos safety-critical DO-178C certifiable RTOS and the LDRA tool suite. The integrated solution, qualified to Design Assurance Level A (DAL A), utilizes unique OS-level instrumentation hooks that enable the LDRA tool suite to deliver enhanced unit test and worst-case timing analysis capabilities out of the box.

Unlike conventional RTOS/unit test integrations, which utilize chip-level facilities such as special registers or timers, Deos provides process log events with high-resolution time stamps that link what’s going on at the process level with the kernel’s more uniform/consistent view of time. These OS-level hooks provide for WCET measurement at both the system and task level using the developer’s interference generation tool of choice.

“DDC-I has been at the forefront of DO-178C safety-critical multi-core technology development, standardization and verification, with an emphasis on the guidance of CAST-32A initially, and then more recently the January 2024 release of AC 20-193 Use of Multi-Core Processors,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing at DDC-I. “The integration of Deos with the LDRA tool suite gives avionics developers the unit test platform they need to identify and resolve complex multi-core timing issues, especially the worst-case execution scenarios critical to avionics.”

“Proving that an avionics system is properly partitioned to avoid interference from competing cores is critical, yet nearly impossible without the proper development and testing tools,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director at LDRA. “Deos provides OS-level hooks that give the LDRA tool suite unique visibility into RTOS operation, enabling it to deliver uniform timing analysis with enhanced worst-case execution capabilities, essential for airworthiness certification.”

About the LDRA tool suite

The LDRA tool suite is LDRA’s flagship platform that delivers open and extensible solutions for building quality into software from requirements through to deployment. The tool suite provides a continuum of capabilities including requirements traceability, test management, coding standards compliance, code quality review, code coverage analysis, data-flow and control-flow analysis, unit/integration/target testing, and certification and regulatory support. The LDRA tool suite’s unit and integration testing capabilities provide an intuitive user interface that allows the same tests to be executed in the host or target environments. Where code re-use is in consideration, they allow those same tests to be re-run automatically in different target environments. Test generation (test harness, test vectors, code stubs) and result-capture support is available for a wide range of host and target platforms. Optimized instrumentation technology supports even highly constrained 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers, and through to high-performance 32- and 64-bit processors.

TBwcet is an optional module for the LDRA tool suite that automates the measurement of WCET on the target – the only way to provide evidence of adequate resourcing and mitigation for interference where multi-core processors (MCP) are deployed. Test results and reports generated using TBwcet can be uploaded to LDRAvault. LDRAvault is a web application that automatically aggregates certification artifacts across distributed users and complex projects​, can easily adapt to comply with a growing and evolving certification and regulatory landscape​, supports traditional as well as CI/CD workflows, automatically generates advanced visualizations to gain insights across large and targeted sets of certification data through a ‘single pane of glass’​, and enables effective collaboration across the enterprise and supply chain, and with regulatory authorities​​.

About Deos

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides certified conformant FACE OSS Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles that feature hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, with support for Rate Monotonic, ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system as specified by the FAA’s Advisory Circular (AC) AC 20-193.

Target Platforms

Deos and the LDRA tool suite are available for a variety of popular avionics multi-core processors, including the NXP i.MX8. Other popular targets include the Xilinx XC102 and ZCU102 evaluation kit), x86, TI, and soon Qualcomm.

About LDRA

For more than 45 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and elimination and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA has headquarters in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit www.ldra.com.

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission- and safety-critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety-critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit http://www.ddci.com/pr2409.

DDC-I Showcases DO-178C, DAL A Multi-core RTOS and Cockpit Display Graphics at Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit

BOOTH # 910

Denver, CO – April 24-26. 2024.  DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, today announced that it will exhibit at the Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit, which runs from April 24-26 at the Gaylord Rockies Hotel & Convention Center in Denver, CO. At this year’s summit, DDC-I will showcase its Deos safety-critical real-time operating system (RTOS), which utilizes the latest DO-178C Design Assurance Level A (DAL A) multi-core verified baseline.

DDC-I will host a pair of safety-critical avionics display demos at its booth (#910). Both demos will feature Deos running on an NXP i.MX8qm processor with integrated Vivante GC7000 GPU and CoreAVI VkCoreGL® SC2 OpenGL® SC driver and libraries. One demo, focusing on avionics instruments, utilizes the Ensco IData cockpit display graphics tool suite to create and deploy human machine interface (HMI) displays. The second demo, focusing on instrument and drone capabilities, utilizes the Ansys SCADE display design and development environment to create and deploy the HMI.

“We’re excited to be part of the Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit and look forward to demonstrating our world class, safety-critical platform to the Army Aviation community,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing at DDC-I. “Deos is used by a number of avionics vendors to create safety critical displays, and we look forward to demonstrating that capability on a multi-core platform at the show.”

The annual Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit, sponsored by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), is an opportunity for the entire Army Aviation community to gather in one place at one time focused solely on Army Aviation issues. The summit aims to transform aviation warfighting and strengthen the sacred trust within the aviation community. Attendees can expect insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and updates on cutting-edge aviation technologies and strategies.

At this year’s summit, four new members will be inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, including two Medal of Honor recipients. The 2024 summit will also feature a Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert on April 26 with Randy Houser and the AAAA Summit Golf Tournament on April 23 at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, CO.

DDC-I’s Deos is a safety-critical time and space partitioned RTOS. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos combines DO-178C DAL A artifacts with FACE® Technical Standard support that encompasses the Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles for the Operating System Segment (OSS). The Safety Base Profile features hard real-time response, time, and space partitioning, and both ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety-critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system executing on Multi-Core Processors (MCP), as specified by the FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-193.

 

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission- and safety-critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety-critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit http://www.ddci.com/pr2406.

DDC-I Demonstrates Safety-Critical Multi-core RTOS with Integrated Cockpit Display Graphics at Embedded World

BOOTH # 4-107

Nuremberg, Germany – April 8, 2024. DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, today announced that it will exhibit at the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference, which runs from April 9-11 at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in Nuremberg, Germany. DDC-I will showcase its Deos safety-critical avionics real-time operating system (RTOS), which utilizes the latest DO-178C Design Assurance Level A (DAL A) multi-core verified baseline.

DDC-I will also host a pair of safety-critical avionics display demos at its booth (#4-107). Both demos will feature Deos running on an NXP i.MX8qm processor with integrated Vivante GC7000 GPU and CoreAVI VkCoreGL® SC2 OpenGL® SC driver and libraries. One demo, focusing on avionics instruments, utilizes the Ensco IData cockpit display graphics tool suite to create and deploy human machine interface (HMI) displays. The second demo, focusing on instrument and drone capabilities, utilizes the Ansys SCADE display design and development environment to create and deploy the HMI.

“We’re excited to be part of the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference and look forward to demonstrating our world class RTOS platform to the safety-critical embedded community,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing at DDC-I. “Deos has flown for millions of hours aboard commercial air transport, business jet, military aircraft and helicopters. It delivers advanced features such as multi-core capabilities that address AC 20-193 objectives, real-time time and space partitioned operation, and reusable certification evidence. These capabilities and others make Deos the preeminent safety-critical environment for developing, certifying, and deploying advanced avionics systems.”

The Embedded World Exhibition & Conference provides a global platform and place to meet for the entire embedded community, including leading experts, key players, and industry associations. Embedded World is a must-attend event for developers, system architects, product managers and technical management, offering unprecedented insight into the world of embedded systems, from components and modules to operating systems, hardware, and software design, M2M communication, services, and various issues related to complex system design.

DDC-I’s Deos is a safety-critical time and space partitioned RTOS. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos combines DO-178C DAL A artifacts with FACE® Technical Standard support that encompasses the Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles for the Operating System Segment (OSS). The Safety Base Profile features hard real-time response, time, and space partitioning, and both ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety-critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system executing on Multi-Core Processors (MCP), as specified by the FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-193.

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission- and safety-critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety-critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit http://www.ddci.com/pr2404.

DDC-I’s Safety-Critical Deos Avionics RTOS Delivers wolfSSL DAL-A DO-178C Certifiable Encryption

WolfSSL, wolfCrypt, and wolfBoot bring secure, lightweight, encrypted FIPS 140-2-certified communications to DO-178 avionics applications running Deos

 

Phoenix, AZ and Edmonds, WA – October 4, 2023 – DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, and wolfSSL, a leading provider of TLS cryptography, today announced the availability of version 5.0 of the wolfSSL embedded SSL library, wolfCrypt cryptography library and certification kit, and wolfBoot secure boot loader for DDC-I’s Deos DO-178 safety-critical real-time operating system. The Deos™ RTOS equipped with DAL-A-certifiable wolfSSL, wolfCrypt and wolfBoot enables avionics developers to quickly add secure, encrypted, FIPS 140-2-certified data transport communications and secure boot loading to their avionics systems.

Deos provides a robust foundation for secure systems, its modularity, hard partitioning, denial of dynamic operations, integrity checks, and controlled interprocess communications making it the preferred environment for high assurance systems.  The addition of wolfSSL, wolfCrypt, and wolfBoot provides the proper cryptographic underpinnings for secure data transport, boot and firmware upgrades. Together, Deos and the wolf suite bring trusted, military-grade security to connected avionics systems, making it ideal for not only military systems, but also urban air mobility and next generation commercial avionics systems.

“WolfSSL and Deos bring trusted, military-grade security to connected commercial and military aircraft,” said Bob Morris, President and CEO at DDC-I. “Advanced safety-critical features like time/space partitioning and the ability to support multiple isolated TCP/IP stacks make Deos an excellent platform for deploying avionics applications that utilize wolfSSL capabilities like secure boot, FIPS 140-2 crypto and secure TCP/IP technologies.”

“The integration of Deos should prove very attractive to avionics developers who require a secure, out-of-the-box, safety-critical solution that comes ready to certify, complete with DAL A evidence,” said Larry Stefonic, CEO and Founder at wolfSSL. “We have a very strong working relationship with DDC-I and have found Deos to be quite straightforward to work with. Together, I believe we offer our joint customers a world class platform that features best-in-class RTOS and security.”

The wolfSSL embedded SSL library is a lightweight, portable, C language-based SSL/TLS library that targets embedded and RTOS environments for connected applications such as avionics. Featuring FIPS 140-2 certified cryptography, the compact library supports industry standards up to TLS 1.3 and DTLS 1.2, is up to 20 times smaller than OpenSSL, offers a simple API, provides an OpenSSL compatibility layer, and includes OCSP and CRL support.

To facilitate DO-178C level A certification, the wolfCrypt certification kit provides traceable artifacts for the following encryption algorithms:  SHA-256 message digest; AES encryption and decryption; RSA for signing and verifying messages; and chacha20_poly1305 for authenticated encryption and decryption. Any of the FIPS 140-2 validated crypto algorithms can be used in DO-178 mode for combined FIPS 140-2/DO 178 consumption.

wolfBoot is a portable secure bootloader that offers firmware authentication and firmware update mechanisms. Upon installing a verified update, wolfBoot creates a backup copy of the last firmware image known to work correctly. If the new version is not confirmed by the application, or if the image installed is somehow corrupted, the bootloader will restore the state of the system before the most recent update.

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides certified conformant FACE OSS Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles that feature hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, with support for Rate Monotonic, ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system as specified by the Certification Authorities Software Team (CAST).

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission and safety critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit https://www.ddci.com/pr2312.

About wolfSSL 
wolfSSL focuses on providing lightweight and embedded security solutions with an emphasis on speed, size, portability, features, and standards compliance. Dual licensed to cater to a diversity of users ranging from hobbyists to the user with commercial needs, we are happy to help our customers and community in any way we can. Our products are open source, giving customers the freedom to look under the hood. Our wolfSSL embedded TLS library is the first commercial release of TLS 1.3 in the world. For more information on wolfSSL products, please contact us at facts@wolfSSL.com or visit wolfSSL.com.

 

DDC-I Announces In-Flight, Multicore, exFAT File System for Deos Safety-Critical DO-178C Avionics RTOS

Reusable DAL-A-verified file system ideal for avionics systems requiring high data storage capacity, low-latency real-time performance and in-flight random read-write access file system

 

Phoenix, AZ , February 28, 2023.  DDC-I, a leading supplier of safety-critical operating systems and tools, today announced an in-flight capable file system for safety-critical avionics applications requiring high-performance random read/write access. Utilizing the popular exFAT file system for data portability on and off the Avionics device, the Deos™ Volume Management System (DVMS) supports single-core and multicore SafeMC™ operation. Additionally, DVMS offers flexible APIs including ARINC-653 Part 2 and POSIX style interfaces, and it is verified to DO-178C Design Assurance Level A (DAL A). The low-latency, XML-configurable file system also features a Media Abstraction Layer (MAL) that decouples media device specifics, supports mixed DAL application access with support for DMA at DAL A, maintains time partitioning, and is available with both power-fail-safe journaling and lossless compression.

“DVMS and the exFAT file system, with DO-178C verification evidence to DAL A, provides effortless mobility for in-flight safety critical data on/off the avionics platform to Windows and Linux based workstations,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “The Deos RTOS with its SafeMC technology, DVMS with exFAT, and our comprehensive OpenArbor development tools provide a turnkey avionics software development and deployment solution for systems that require high performance multicore operation and data portability.”

DVMS, adaptable through XML configuration files, was developed as a user space DO-178C DAL-A shared library that allows file operations within the time and space partition of the calling application. The DVMS utilizes the exFAT format, a standard file system format for high-capacity memory devices, that enables data to be easily transferred on or off Deos systems through removable media to Linux, Windows and other workstations.

DVMS supports single core, multicore, and multiple concurrent partition access to the file system (re-entrant operation). Each user partition can own one or more DVMS partitions. The DVMS execution time is assigned to the calling application. Each DVMS partition, or volume, may contain one or more files, with DVMS handling mutual exclusion for access to the volumes. The DVMS libraries utilize a Media Abstraction Layer (MAL) that makes it hardware media agnostic. The MALs are available for RAM Disk, a RAW interface, NAND/NOR flash, SATA, and CompactFlash and/or can be modified for customer specific storage media.  DMVS is available for Arm, PowerPC and X86 processors.

DVMS features an optional journaling library in which file system data structures (metadata) as well as the file data itself are written to a temporary, but power-cycle-preserved area before committing them to their proper location in the storage device. DVMS also features an optional compression library, a port of the popular zlib lossless data compression library that enables compression/decompression of files on a per volume basis.

About Deos

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides a FACE Conformant Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles that features hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, and Rate Monotonic, ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system as specified by the Certification Authorities Software Team (CAST).

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission and safety critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit https://www.ddci.com/pr2302.

ProtoLogic EDS and DDC-I Announce Ruggedized, Safety-Critical COTS Avionics Display Platform

Delivers advanced AMLCD display technology, configurable I/O and middleware coupled with a FACE-conformant, safety-critical multi-core RTOS, certifiable to DO-178C DAL-A

Large and small format displays with in house optical bonding; sizes up to 21.5″ diagonal (shown) – with and without touch.

Cumming, GA and Phoenix, AZ , January 25, 2023.  ProtoLogic EDS, an industry leader in ruggedized avionics displays and display processors, and DDC-I, a leading supplier of safety-critical operating systems and tools, today announced that they have joined forces to offer a turnkey, open COTS display platform for avionics. The integrated open COTS platform features ProtoLogic EDS’ ruggedized flat panel AMLCD display, processor and reconfigurable I/O modules running DDC-I’s Deos™ DO-178C Design Assurance Level A (DAL-A) verified ARINC-653 and FACE™ 3.1 conformant software environment in single or multi-core configurations.

“We’re pleased to team with DDC-I to offer the industry a fully integrated COTS display system to commercial and military avionics developers,” added Chris Haan, Vice President of Business Development at ProtoLogic EDS. “Our hardware platform has everything avionics developers need to hit the ground running with readily certifiable value-added display applications.  The quality, support, and performance of the Deos RTOS has proven that we made a good decision to work with DDC-I, and we already have positive feedback from our customers as well.”

“This is an integrated, cost effective, COTS DO-178C DAL-A certifiable display platform for the avionics market,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “Protologic has taken a progressive and unique step towards offering the glass display, electronics, base software environment and middleware and integrated and packaged these components as a display platform.  Together, this reduces risk and time to market for avionics developers by enabling them to focus on application development.”

ProtoLogic EDS’s ruggedized AMLCD display modules and systems feature high-resolution, sunlight readable displays, with integrated CPU/GPU, video processor and analog and digital interfaces and data I/O processors in an expandable open architecture. ProtoLogic’s products are fully certifiable (DO-178/254) and support custom and industry standards (FACE, OpenGL, MOSA, SOSA, HOST) and are designed to withstand the harshest environments (DO-160/MIL-STD-810/461/462).

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides a FACE Conformant Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles that features hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, and Rate Monotonic, ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system as specified by the Certification Authorities Software Team (CAST).

About ProtoLogic EDS, Inc.

ProtoLogic provides high quality services and products for the ruggedized display industry, featuring a seasoned and knowledgeable engineering team with an extensive background in the design, development, ruggedization and manufacture of flat panel display systems and subsystems for the ruggedized military and industrial industries. ProtoLogic’s utilization of the latest, state-of-the-art design tools and sound engineering design and production principles consistently results in the highest quality products and unmatched program performance. For more information, please contact Chris Haan at 1479 Ventura Drive, Ste. E, Cumming, GA 30040. Phone (678) 513-1700 or fax (678) 513-1621. https://protologiceds.com/

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission and safety critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit https://www.ddci.com/pr2301.

Intelligent Artifacts Demonstrates Safety-Critical Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning and Reasoning on DDC-I’s Deos RTOS Embedded Platform

Intelligent Artifacts Booth #E2

DDC-I Booth #F1

 

Manhattan, NY and Phoenix, AZ – November 2, 2022. Intelligent Artifacts, a leading provider of machine intelligence solutions for mission and safety-critical systems, and DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, today announced the integration of the Intelligent Artifacts GAIuS™ framework, a reusable, certifiable safety-critical Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Reasoning (AI/ML/R) solution for embedded avionics systems, running on DDC-I’s Deos™ DO-178C real-time operating system. The companies will demonstrate the integration at Aerospace Tech Week Americas in Atlanta, GA November 8-9.

The GAIuS demo, utilizing a robot constructed by Intelligent Artifacts, will run on the Deos RTOS in a virtual environment using a certifiable GAIuS agent to make predictions. Intelligent Artifacts will demonstrate the engine’s capabilities for sensor fusion, including visual streams, for object detection and recognition. All demonstrated functionality will be supplemented with full visibility into auto-generated world models used by the IA Reasoning Engine, path planning and navigation to gain more information, and the Explainable, Computable, Interpretable, Traceable, and Editable (ExCITE) features that make the AI/ML/R solution regulation-ready for aviation.

“Our explainable, traceable, and problem and data-agnostic technology solves many of the challenges around AI/ML for safety-critical airborne applications, giving avionics developers the unique opportunity to incorporate AI into their platforms,” says Nick Cianciolo, IA’s CEO. “Completion of our Cert-kit, which we will demonstrate on a verified DDC-I Deos embedded platform at Aerospace Tech Week, will unlock dual-use possibilities for civil and military aircraft in application areas like machine vision, sensor fusion, and autonomy.”

Intelligent Artifacts is on track to be the first certifiable reusable software component that enables AI/ML/R for avionics systems. Their Cert-kit enables plug-and-play AI/ML/R capabilities for aerospace platforms, featuring semantic reasoning, dynamic decisioning, and a host of other advanced capabilities that move the industry towards the goal of human-level machine intelligence. Additionally, Intelligent Artifacts offers DO-330 qualifiable tools for newly proposed learning assurance. The enhanced technology stays true to the company’s ExCITE philosophy, with a goal of keeping systems EXplainable, Computable and deterministic, Interpretable, Traceable, and Editable. The technology does not use neural nets; It is completely analytical.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Intelligent Artifacts to demonstrate their world class machine learning avionics technology on our Deos safety-critical RTOS platform,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “Deos systems equipped with GAIuS technology provide a modular, scalable, reusable, FACE-Conformant, DO-178C COTS platform that is ideal for quickly developing, certifying, and deploying safety-critical avionics applications that utilize state of the art AI, machine learning and reasoning technology.”

DDC-I’s Deos is a safety-critical time and space partitioned real-time operating system (RTOS). Verified to the guidance of DO-178C/ED-12C Design Assurance Level A (DAL A) for avionics applications, Deos supports ARINC 653 APEX, Rate Monotonic Scheduling (RMS), and first RTOS to receive the Future Airborne Capability Environment™ (FACE) Conformance Certificate for the FACE Technical Standard, Edition 3.1.  The certification covers the Safety Extended and Safety Base Profiles for the Operating System Segment (OSS).

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety-critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system executing on Multi-Core Processors (MCP), as specified by the Certification Authorities Software Team (CAST) in its Position Paper CAST-32A for Multi-core Processors.

About Intelligent Artifacts

Intelligent Artifacts is a leader in machine intelligence, providing the complete intelligence layer for Defense and Aerospace customers in need of modular, flexible, and scalable AI solutions. Their fully explainable AI/ML and Reasoning (AI/ML/R) framework is trustworthy and transparent for safety-critical applications as a pathway to human-level intelligence. To learn more visit www.intelligent-artifacts.com. Interested in partnering with IA to complete their Cert-kit? Reach out to sales@Intelligent-artifacts.com.

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission- and safety-critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety-critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit http://www.ddci.com/pr2213.

DDC-I’s Multicore DO-178C Deos RTOS Hosts Honeywell Flight Management System for Airbus

Safety-critical multicore RTOS gives Airbus flight management system unprecedented multi-core performance, modularity, scalability, and reuse

PHOENIX, AZ. September 7, 2022.  DDC-I, a leading supplier of safety-critical operating systems and tools, today announced that its DO-178 Deos™ multicore real time operating system (RTOS) has been selected by Honeywell to host its new Flight Management System (FMS). Airbus will utilize the next-generation Honeywell FMS to meet the air traffic management needs of its new A320, A330 and A350 twinjets, with service entry planned for the end of 2026.

“Deos has flown for millions of hours in systems aboard commercial air transport, business jet, military aircraft and helicopters,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at  DDC-I. “We are excited to have been selected by Honeywell for this state-of-the-art flight management system. Advanced multicore capabilities that uniquely address CAST-32A objectives, binary modularity and reusable certification evidence make our DO-178C DAL A Deos avionics platform the perfect safety-critical environment for developing, certifying, and deploying advanced flight management systems.”

Honeywell’s FMS provides the primary navigation, flight planning, optimized route determination and enroute guidance for the A320, A330, A350 and A380 platforms, delivering best-in-class operational efficiency, reliability, and safety. The next-generation FMS will also incorporate connectivity with non-avionics systems in the outside world, such as Electronic Flight Bags and airline operational control centers.

The new FMS combines multiple current Airbus FMS offerings into a single standardized hardware and software platform for Airbus aircraft, providing the multi-core performance, functionality and modularity needed to deliver future enhancements without hardware changes. At the completion of development, the new FMS will be a standalone federated system, making it easier for operators to support the fleet.

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides a FACE™ Conformant Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles that features hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, and Rate Monotonic, ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system specified by multicore guidance contained in AC-20-193 (draft) and AMC-20-193 (released).

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission and safety critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact  DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; email sales@ddci.com or visit https://www.ddci.com/pr2210.

DDC-I’s Multicore Deos RTOS Powers New Honeywell Anthem Integrated Flight Deck

Safety-critical multicore RTOS gives best-in-class flight deck unprecedented modularity, scalability, and reuse with highest performance per watt

PHOENIX, December 21, 2021.  DDC-I, a leading supplier of safety-critical operating systems and tools, today announced that its DO-178 Deos™ multicore real time operating system (RTOS)  has been selected by Honeywell to host its new Honeywell Anthem cloud-native cockpit system. Deos features such as fine grain cache partitioning, binary modularity, and reusable certification evidence give Honeywell Anthem the ability to set the new gold standard for future flight deck systems.

Larry Miller, Honeywell’s Real Time Operating Systems Chief Engineer, stated, “Deos plays a central role in the Honeywell Anthem Flight Deck. It yields excellent performance on modern, power efficient processors while also offering unique capabilities that give us better control of core-to-core contention. This allows us to meet our safety objectives with deterministic operation while at the same time reducing the worst-case CPU utilization of our applications.  Deos boosts processing performance by implementing fine grained cache partitioning in software rather than hardware, which gives us access to faster and more efficient processors. As a result, the Honeywell Anthem system enjoys a compelling advantage in throughput per watt over other competitive offerings. In addition, Deos’ capabilities promote software modularity and binary reuse, which reduces our verification and validation complexity and lowers our certification cost, thereby reducing the effort needed to reapply Honeywell Anthem from one aircraft type to the next. We have decades of experience using Deos in numerous safety-critical Honeywell products, and it has a strong technical pedigree.”

Honeywell Anthem is an always-on, cloud-connected cockpit system that improves autonomy, flight efficiency, operations, safety, and comfort. Anthem’s flight deck combines unprecedented connectivity with an intuitive smart-phone-like interface, crystal clear 2k display and modern aesthetics comparable to those in the high-end automotive market. With a few finger swipes, pilots or operators, whether in the cockpit or on their device at home, can reconfigure screens and information and customize the layout of digital displays within the cockpit just like they would on their personal smart device.

“DDC-I’s Deos is a mature, robust DO-178C DAL A verified avionics platform that has already flown for millions of hours in Honeywell systems aboard commercial air transport, business jet, military aircraft and helicopters,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “We are excited to have been selected by Honeywell for this next generation of flight deck systems. Advanced features like multicore capabilities that address CAST-32A objectives, low-jitter deterministic operation, and reusable certification evidence make Deos the perfect safety-critical environment for developing, certifying, and deploying advanced avionics systems like Anthem.”

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides a FACE™ Conformant Safety Base and Safety Extended Profiles that features hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, and Rate Monotonic, ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system as specified by the Certification Authorities Software Team (CAST) in its Position Paper CAST-32A for Multi-core Processors.

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission and safety critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit https://www.ddci.com/pr2113.

 

VLAB Works and DDC-I Announce Virtual Software Platform for NXP T2080 QDS Board

Austin TX, and Phoenix, AZ – November 9th 2021 – ASTC’s VLAB Works and DDC-I today announced the availability of a new T2080 QDS VLAB Virtual Machine for Development and Test (VLAB VDM), running DDC-I’s Deos™ DO-178C avionics operating system on a range of IT host platforms, such as Desktop PCs, Servers and Cloud. The T2080 QDS VLAB VDM provides a software-only representation of the popular NXP T2080 QDS hardware board that runs the same unmodified software as the physical board and is now available for licensing from VLAB Works. It can run either standalone as a virtual machine or in conjunction with advanced VLAB user tools.

VLAB Works and DDC-I have collaborated to validate seamless Deos operation on this new platform. This integration effort has enabled unmodified software builds running Deos on VLAB VDM’s for development and test convenience, before moving the same binary to hardware for final validation and product deployment.

“Working within a purely virtual environment in VLAB and on your IT host infrastructure frees designers from the constraints of embedded hardware-based software development, enabling continuous development, debug, integration and test of target compiled software from any location,” said Ross Dickson, Global Product Manager for VLAB. “Easy platform maintenance and scalability of virtualization and test performance are provided along with the capability for multi-board and system-level extensions in a software-only environment. With VLAB your digital twin can be binary compatible.”

“Our Deos safety-critical RTOS  running atop VLAB is ideal for avionics developers targeting the NXP T2080 QDS hardware who want to accelerate the development process with a binary compatible virtual platform,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “The platform has everything avionics designers need to develop, simulate, and test production code hosted on Deos prior to final validation and deployment on the target hardware.”

VLAB supports the T2080 QDS with:

  • Choice of VLAB user environments to suit your needs, from standalone configurations, to a full development IDE with a suite of user tools, to batch mode supporting parallel, continuous integration testing.
  • Fully scriptable environment for workflow automation providing compatibility with automation frameworks including Jenkins, Git Labs, and others.
  • Scalable test and validation infrastructure via operational IT or cloud resources rather than single use capital intensive embedded hardware.
  • Advanced non-intrusive software analysis tools including code profiling, tracing, and coverage (statement, function, branch & MC/DC), optimization, and many more. Connection to 3rd party tools including debuggers, co-simulation environments, system analyzers, system simulations, hardware in the loop test benches, and more.
  • Fault injection frameworks enabling fault isolation and recovery testing and enabling corner case testing via direct branch manipulation.

Deos is a safety-critical embedded RTOS that employs patented cache partitioning, memory pools, and safe scheduling to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other certifiable safety-critical COTS RTOS on multi-core processors. First certified to DO-178 DAL A in 1998, Deos provides a FACE™ Conformant Safety Extended and Safety Base Profiles that features hard real-time response, time and space partitioning, and both ARINC-653 and POSIX interfaces.

SafeMC™ technology extends Deos’ advanced capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multi-core performance without compromising safety-critical task response and guaranteed execution time. SafeMC employs a bound multiprocessing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multiprocessing architecture (SMP), safe scheduling, and cache partitioning to minimize cross-core contention and interference patterns that affect the performance, safety criticality and certifiability of multi-core systems. These features enable avionics systems developers to address issues that could impact the safety, performance and integrity of a software airborne system executing on Multi-Core Processors (MCP), as specified by the Certification Authorities Software Team (CAST) in its Position Paper CAST-32A for Multi-core Processors.

 

VLAB Works is an ASTC Pty Ltd company – our core mission is to reduce the barriers to the broader application of modeling, simulation, and all-in-software product prototyping, providing new alternatives to traditional industry development tools and methodologies. With VLAB, companies can significantly reduce the complexity and cost of adoption and application of these technologies in their internal development operations. Additionally, VLAB customers can significantly reduce the cost of support to their own customers and partners in the design ecosystem. This end-to-end value proposition of VLAB to the entire development process helps companies achieve greater return on investment.

For more information on VLAB and VLAB Virtual Platforms, please see www.vlabworks.com or contact sales@vlabworks.com

 

About DDC-I, Inc.

DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on mission- and safety-critical applications. DDC-I’s customer base is an impressive “who’s who” in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety-critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, and Ada application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 4545 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail sales@ddci.com or visit http://www.ddci.com/pr2111.