Curtiss-Wright, Green Hills Software, and Harris Corporation Announce Power Architecture-based FACE Aligned Digital Moving Map Solution

Airborne solution combines Harris’s FACE conformant FliteScene® Digital Moving Map Software, Green Hills and Pre-Validated Board-sets for Embedded Defense Applications

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, in collaboration with Harris Corporation and Green Hills Software, has announced a new Power Architecture-based Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) aligned Airborne Digital Mapping Solution. The rugged open architecture COTS-based system features the Green Hills field-proven INTEGRITY®-178 tuMP™ safety- and security-critical multicore real-time operating system (RTOS) running Harris Corporation’s popular FliteScene® Digital Moving Map software. The application is powered by Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-133 OpenVPX™ single board computer (SBC) and VPX3-716 graphics display module. Designed to ease and speed the integration of situational awareness and high performance digital mapping functions into embedded commercial and military avionics systems, this pre-validated digital mapping system enables system architects to statically define when the VPX-133 SBC should deterministically execute the FliteScene application, and with which processor core (or cores).

The NXP® quad-core QorIQ™ T2080 Power Architecture processor based VPX3-133 is ideal for rugged deployed applications that do not require DO-254 safety-certifiable hardware. For applications that require DO-254 certification, Curtiss-Wright offers its VPX3-152, an NXP T2080-based SBC that supports DO-254 DAL A. Both SBCs support INTEGRITY-178 tuMP. For safety-certifiable SBC designs, NXP’s T2080 SOC is emerging as a de facto standard, thanks to its support from proven and trusted safety-certifiable OS vendors such as Green Hills Software. The VPX3-133, which shares a similar architecture to the VPX3-152, can be used to speed system development in advance of the VPX3-152’s upcoming availability.

The rugged VPX3-133 enables system designers to rapidly integrate COTS system solutions based on Green Hills Software’s RTCA/DO-178B DAL-A and CAST-32A compliant INTEGRITY-178 tuMP, the industry’s only multi-core RTOS that enables users to utilize all available compute power from the processor’s QorIQ cores, including virtual cores, all based on deterministic, user-defined core and scheduling assignments. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only multicore operating system that meets FACE v3.0 and the ARINC-653 standard’s requirement for multicore operation as defined in Section 2 of Supplement 4 for the ARINC-653 standard: “Multiple processes within a partition scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores,” and “Multiple partitions scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores.”

For information about the VPX3-133 INTEGRITY-178 tuMP board support package (BSP) customers should contact Green Hills Software directly.

“We are excited, along with Harris and Green Hills Software, to deliver this FACE-aligned digital mapping solution to avionics system designers seeking Power Architecture-based deployable solutions,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “This fully integrated Power Architecture based solution eliminates the cost and design risk associated with deploying new digital map capabilities while delivering on the promise of the FACE open avionics standard to make software systems more robust, interoperable, portable and secure.”