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DDC-I and North Atlantic Industries Announce DAL A BSP Support for Safety-Critical Deos RTOS Running on NAI’s 68PPC2 T2080 Multi-core OpenVPX Single Board Computer

FACE® Conformant avionics platform features bounded multi-core response with complete DO-178C/ED-12C DAL A verification for rapid development, certification and deployment

 

Phoenix, AZ and Bohemia, NY – March 28, 2024. DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, and North Atlantic Industries, a leading provider of embedded systems for mil/aero applications, today announced the availability of DDC-I’s Deos™ DO-178C Design Assurance Level A (DAL A) verified FACE® Conformant real-time operating system and a DAL A Board Support Package (BSP) for NAI’s 68PPC2 T2080 PowerPC OpenVPX single board computer. The BSP provides complete DO-178C/ED-12C DAL A verification evidence, including high assurance boot, multiple Ethernet channels leveraging the T2080 DPAA, PCIe, SATA flash storage, I2C, serial, real-time clock, watch dog timer, SPI, USB, and GPIO, greatly accelerating the development, deployment, and certification of high-performance safety-critical applications for avionics systems.

DDC-I’s approach to building safety critical software mirrors North Atlantic’s approach to configuring boards, with an emphasis on modular, scalable portable DAL-A verification. Deos utilizes a DAL-A linking loader that allows OS binary components and their artifacts to travel separately. NAI’s Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®) utilizes highly modular, portable components that can be added or removed, and reapplied to other system configurations with maximum reuse of DAL-A artifacts. This shared commitment to modularity, portability and reuse enables avionics designers utilizing Deos and the COSA architecture to reconfigure their I/O systems with minimal impact on hardware, software and DO-178 recertification.

“Our SafeMC multi-core technology and reusable verification evidence make Deos an ideal environment for developing, certifying and deploying high-performance, FACE® Conformant, safety-critical avionics applications targeting the 68PPC2 and COSA architecture,” said Greg Rose, Vice President of Marketing at DDC-I. “Our SafeMC technology provides unique solutions to address the AC 20-193 multi-core objectives, delivering best-in-class performance and determinism for safety-critical applications running on NXP PowerPC multi-core processors.”

“Deos running atop the 68PPC2 gives avionics developers an integrated platform that combines high-performance multi-core performance with a best-in-class safety-critical RTOS,” added Lino Massafra, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NAI. “Developers requiring the highest level of design assurance now have a rugged, flexible, off-the-shelf solution with configurable I/O and DAL-A evidence in a compact, low-power package that accelerates deployment of safety-critical systems.”

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 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. The Safety Extended Profile, which adds support for TCP/IP communications, multi-process support, and expanded POSIX capability (80 extra functions), is a superset of the functionality required by the Safety Base and Security Profiles.

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 bounded multi-processing (BMP) extension of the symmetric multi-processing 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.

The 68PPC2 is a 3U OpenVPX™ NXP® T2080 PowerPC single-board computer that can be configured with up to two NAI smart I/O and communications function modules. Featuring an NXP QorlQ® T2080 Quad Core e6500 Processor running at 1.8 GHz, and consuming less then 25W, the 68PPC2 is ideally suited for rugged Mil-Aero applications that accelerate deployment of SWaP-optimized systems in air, land, and sea applications. The 68PPC2 comes equipped with eight Mbytes of DDR3 SDRAM and 32 Gbytes of SATA II NAND Flash. It also features PCIe, USB, I2C, TTL, and RS-232 interfaces, as well as an optional SATA II for external access to up to 2 TB of expansion memory.

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/pr2403.

 About North Atlantic Industries (NAI)

NAI is a leading independent supplier of embedded computing, Input/Output, communications, measurement, simulation, power and systems products for commercial, industrial and military applications built on a Configurable Open System Architecture™ (COSA®). COSA offers the greatest modularity, flexibility, adaptability and configurability in the industry that accelerates our customer’s time-to-mission. COSA supports a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from COTS components with No NRE. For over 50 years, companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have leveraged NAI’s capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of I/O and communication-centric applications, and do so with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness. Information about NAI and its products can be found at http://www.naii.com.

DDC-I, NAI, and RTI Announce Integrated Real-Time MOSA Avionics Platforms Targeting FACE™ and DO-178C Applications

Multicore PowerPC and ARM platforms feature DO-178C RTOS, integrated DDS/TSS Connectivity, multifunction I/O and reusable DAL-A evidence

 

Phoenix, AZ, Bohemia, NY, and Sunnyvale, CA, April 25, 2023.  DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission and safety-critical applications, North Atlantic Industries (NAI), a leading supplier of embedded computing solutions and power supplies, and Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the largest software framework company for autonomous systems, today announced that they have collaborated to offer a MOSA-aligned SWaP-optimized, platform for avionics targeting FACE applications. The multicore platforms combine NAI’s PowerPC and ARM-based Configurable Open Systems Architecture (COSA®) single-board computers and multifunction I/O with DDC-I’s Deos’ FACE™ Technical Standard, Edition 3.1 conformant Operating System Segment (OSS) software and RTI’s Connext software connectivity framework.

“DDC-I, NAI and RTI have joined forces to offer avionics developers a modular, certifiable, pre-integrated FACE-targeted platform,” said Greg Rose, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at DDC-I. “The systems combine world-class multicore performance, versatile I/O and safety certification capabilities with a proven DDS framework that streamlines communications, accelerates integration, and enhances reuse and application portability.”

“Deos running on NAI’s COSA architectures provide an excellent safety-critical RTOS platform for our connectivity software,” said Chip Downing, Senior Market Development Director of Aerospace and Defense at RTI. “Together, COSA, Deos and Connext TSS offer a modular, reusable open architecture solution that combines FACE, ARINC 653, POSIX, and DDS into a COTS solution stack that reduces integration and certification risk while speeding time to market.”

“We are excited to be working with DDC-I and RTI to offer our customers  integrated platforms that combine our high-performance ARM Cortex-A53 multicore capability and configurable I/O with a best-in-class safety-critical RTOS and communications framework,” added Lino Massafra, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NAI. “Developers requiring the highest level of design assurance now have a rugged, flexible, off-the-shelf solution that accelerates certification and deployment of safety-critical systems.”

DDC-I, NAI and RTI share an approach to building MOSA-aligned, SWaP-optimized safety critical systems that emphasizes modular, scalable, portable DO-178C DAL A certification evidence. Deos utilizes a DAL A linking loader that allows OS binary components and their artifacts to travel separately. NAI’s COSA utilizes highly modular, portable components that can be added, removed, and reapplied to other system configurations with maximum reuse of DAL-A artifacts. RTI Connext TSS employs an open, modular framework with DAL A evidence that provides real-time messaging and information sharing for seamless, safety-critical communications, data exchange and interoperability between FACE applications and Deos. This shared commitment to modularity, portability and reuse enables avionics designers to reconfigure their systems with minimal impact on hardware, software and DO-178 recertification.

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).

Connext TSS is a modular, certified conformant FACE Transport Services Segment (TSS) software connectivity framework designed to meet the demanding requirements of critical airborne systems requiring low latency, high reliability, scalability, security and commercial DO-178C DAL A certification evidence. Featuring peer-to-peer communications and real-time Quality of Service (QoS), Connext TSS facilitates information sharing in real time, enabling applications to work together as one integrated system. Connext TSS is based on the Object Management Group® (OMG®) Data Distribution Service (DDS™) standard, and is the first certified, conformant FACE Transport Services Segment (TSS) that enables rapid interoperability of FACE system components and networked platforms.

NAI’s 68ARM2 VPX single-board computers and NIU3E multifunction I/O processing system feature dual Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 MPCore processors. The 68ARM2 provides a VITA 46.11 Tier-2 interface and can be configured with up to three NAI Smart I/O and communications function modules. The NIU3E, which features FACE 3.0 Input-Output Service Segment (IOSS) conformance, provides 4 Ethernet 10GBase-SR multimode fiber optic ports, 16 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports, 24-channel discrete I/O, 8-channelARINC 429/575, 4-channel CANBus and 2-channel MIL-STD-1553. Both the 68ARM2 and NIU3E comply with DO-178C and DO-254 DAL A.

About NAI

NAI is a leading independent supplier of embedded computing, Input/Output, communications, measurement, simulation, power and systems products for commercial, industrial and military applications built on a Configurable Open System Architecture (COSA). COSA offers the greatest modularity, flexibility, adaptability and configurability in the industry that accelerates our customer’s time-to-mission.  COSA supports a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from COTS components with No NRE.  For over 50 years, companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have leveraged NAI’s capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of I/O and communication-centric applications, and do so with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness. Information about NAI and its products can be found at www.naii.com.

About RTI

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is the largest software framework company for autonomous systems. RTI Connext® is the world’s leading architecture for developing intelligent distributed systems. Uniquely, Connext shares data directly, connecting AI algorithms to real-time networks of devices to build autonomous systems.

RTI is the best in the world at ensuring our customers’ success in deploying production systems. With over 1,800 designs, RTI software runs over 250 autonomous vehicle programs, controls the largest power plants in North America, coordinates combat management on U.S. Navy ships, drives a new generation of medical robotics, enables flying cars, and provides 24/7 intelligence for hospital and emergency medicine. RTI runs a smarter world.

RTI is the leading vendor of products compliant with the Object Management Group® (OMG®) Data Distribution Service (DDS™) standard. RTI is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with regional offices in Colorado, Spain and Singapore. Download a free 30-day trial of the latest, fully-functional Connext software today: www.rti.com/downloads

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/pr2304.

DDC-I’s Deos Safety-Critical RTOS Available for North Atlantic Industries’ 68PPC2 Multicore Open VPX Single Board Computer

Integrated avionics platform couples bounded multicore response times with complete DO-178C/ED-12C DAL A verification for rapid development and deployment

 

Phoenix, AZ and Bohemia, NY – March 10, 2021. DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, and North Atlantic Industries, a leading provider of embedded systems for mil/aero applications, today announced the availability of DDC-I’s Deos™ safety-critical real-time operating system for NAI’s 68PPC2 T2080 PowerPC OpenVPX single-board computer. The integrated platform comes with complete DO-178C/ED-12C DAL A verification evidence for the Board Support Package, including all network and I/O drivers, greatly accelerating the development, deployment and certification of high-performance safety-critical applications for avionics systems.

DDC-I’s approach to building safety critical software mirrors North Atlantic’s approach to configuring boards, with an emphasis on modular, scalable portable DAL-A verification.  Deos utilizes a DAL A linking loader that allows OS binary components and their artifacts to travel separately.   NAI’s Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®) utilizes highly modular, portable components that can be added or removed, and reapplied to other system configurations with maximum reuse of DAL-A artifacts. This shared commitment to modularity, portability and reuse enables avionics designers utilizing Deos and the COSA architecture to reconfigure their I/O systems with minimal impact on hardware, software and DO-178 recertification.

The 68PPC2 is a 3U OpenVPX™ NXP® T2080 PowerPC single-board computer that can be configured with up to two NAI smart I/O and communications function modules. Featuring an NXP QorlQ® T2080 Quad Core e6500 Processor running at 1.5 GHz, and consuming less then 25W, the 68PPC2 is ideally suited for rugged Mil-Aero applications that accelerate deployment of SWaP-optimized systems in air, land and sea applications. The 68PPC2 comes equipped with eight Mbytes of DDR3 SDRAM and 32 Gbytes of SATA II NAND Flash. It also features PCIe, USB, I2C, TTL, and RS-232 interfaces, as well as an optional SATA II for external access to up to 512 Gbytes of expansion memory.

“Advanced SafeMC™ multicore technology, together with reusable verification evidence, make Deos an ideal environment for developing, hosting, and certifying high-performance safety-critical avionics applications targeting the 68PPC2 and COSA architecture,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “Deos SafeMC technology uniquely resolves the CAST-32A multicore objectives, enabling it to deliver unmatched performance and determinism for safety-critical applications running on NXP PowerPC multicore processors.”

“We are pleased to be working with DDC-I to offer our joint customers an integrated platform that combines our high-performance multicore capability with a best-in-class safety-critical RTOS,” added Lino Massafra, vice president of sales and marketing at NAI. “Developers requiring the highest level of design assurance now have a rugged, flexible, off-the-shelf solution combining high-performance multicore computing and configurable I/O in a compact, low-power package that accelerates deployment of safety-critical systems.”

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 combines FACE conformance with DO-178C DAL A artifacts, providing a FACE Safety Base Profile 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.

 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++, Ada, and JOVIAL 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/pr2101.

 About NAI

NAI is a leading independent supplier of embedded computing, Input/Output, communications, measurement, simulation, power and systems products for commercial, industrial and military applications built on a Configurable Open System Architecture (COSATM). COSA offers the greatest modularity, flexibility, adaptability and configurability in the industry that accelerates our customer’s time-to-mission.  COSA supports a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from COTS components with No NRE.  For over 50 years, companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have leveraged NAI’s capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of I/O and communication-centric applications, and do so with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness. Information about NAI and its products can be found at www.naii.com.