Robins Air Force Base Selects DDC-I for AC-130U Software Support

Replaces Legacy compilers with DDC-I’s Eclipse-based OpenArbor IDE and SCORE-Ada compilers

Phoenix, AZ. August 26, 2008. DDC-I, a leading supplier of development tools for safety-critical applications, today announced that is has been selected by the US Air Force Warner Robins Air Logistics Center to assist with the USAF’s organic refresh and support effort for the C130’s avionics software. The USAF will use DDC-I’s Open Arbor products to replace legacy MIPS and 1750A Ada compilers. As part of the compiler evaluation, the USAF has migrated one of the avionics applications to DDC-I’s OpenArbor development environment.

“The Air Force has traditionally outsourced its support to contractors,” said Bob Morris, president and CEO of DDC-I. “Now they are creating their own ‘organic’ software teams to save costs and reduce turn-around times. DDC-I is proud to provide foundational products, training, and services that will better enable the USAF to bring this work internally and ramp up its program teams in short order.”

Starting with a clean slate enables the USAF software teams to look beyond the very basic tools that the original contractor used to developed and maintain the C130’s avionics software. Now, instead of staying with rudimentary tools like command-line debuggers, Solaris/VAX servers, and weak profilers, the USAF teams can employ leading edge IDEs and other tools. These best-in-class tools give the USAF teams a technical advantage over the contractor’s old-line approach, thereby enhancing productivity and robustness.

OpenArbor is a mixed-language, object-oriented IDE for developing and deploying real-time, safety-critical applications. The core environment combines optimizing compilers and libraries for C and Embedded C++ with the SCORE mixed-language debugger. The SCORE debugger features an intuitive multi-window GUI, project management support, and automated build/make utilities. SCORE’s symbolic debugger recognizes C/EC++, Ada and Fortran syntax and expressions, and can view objects, expressions, call chains, execution traces, interspersed machine code, machine registers, and program stacks.

OpenArbor provides a separate Eclipse plug-in for Ada development. Known as SCORE-Ada, this plug-in features an optimizing Ada compiler and run-time environment optimized for safety-critical embedded Ada projects. The SCORE-Ada debugger supports full Ada-level debugging, including constraints, attributes, tasking, exceptions, break-on-exception and break-on-tasking events. The debugger is non intrusive, can debug at the source or machine level, and can be enabled without changing the generated code.

About DDC-I, Inc.
DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on 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 compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for real-time Java, C, Embedded C++, Ada, JOVIAL and Fortran application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 1825 E. Northern Ave., Suite #125, Phoenix, Arizona 85020; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail or

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Robins Air Force Base Selects DDC-I for AC-130U Software Support