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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.