Virtutech, Inc., the leading provider of virtualized software development solutions for advanced electronic systems, today announced support of BAE Systems’ RAD750 Space Computer. This unique model enables early development, benchmarking and testing of flight software for RAD750 Space Computer-based systems in parallel with the hardware design and prototype debug.
BAE Systems has more than 400 computers on board satellites in space, and the RAD750 represents the company’s third-generation space processor. Already launched on several missions, the RAD750 has more than 300 MIPs, which provide nearly 10 times the performance of current space processors. Virtutech Simics helps BAE Systems’ customers using the RAD750 Space Computer in their space application gain significant benefits to a traditional development environment, including reduced development and test costs, reduced integration costs, and lower acquisition, maintenance and operations costs.
“Space programs require years of development with little margin for error – both in the quality of the final system and timetables for launch. That represents a significant risk in time and cost to our customers. To mitigate those risks, our customers want to develop software years ahead of the available flight hardware. Simulation is the most cost-effective way to fill this gap, offering our customers early insight into benchmarking and reducing development risk,” said Durwin Bullock, director of engineering for BAE Systems’ Space Systems and Electronics unit. “Virtutech’s simulation model for the RAD750 Space Computer helps ensure our customers hit their launch windows.”
“BAE Systems’ RAD750 space computer is used on the highest visibility space projects in the world. Their support for Simics is yet another endorsement of the value of Virtutech’s technology in developing space software,” said John Lambert, president and CEO of Virtutech. “This is an important model for us, and we expect to see the use of Simics continue to become more widespread throughout the space sector.”
Virtutech, Inc. is the leading provider of full-system simulation for advanced software development. Virtutech’s Simics is a revolutionary, award-winning simulator that provides a programmer-friendly environment for testing and debugging embedded software. Simics eliminates software developers’ dependence on test hardware and drives concurrent development, enabling its customers to lower capital expenditure, accelerate time to market and reduce project risk. Based on more than a decade of R&D and close collaboration with leading universities and systems vendors, Virtutech’s technology serves the needs of the world’s leading technology providers, including Cisco, EMC, Ericsson, Honeywell, IBM and Sun Microsystems. Virtutech is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier trans-Atlantic defense and aerospace company, delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. BAE Systems, with more than 100,000 employees worldwide, had 2005 sales that exceeded $28 billion.