DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for safety-critical applications, announced that it has entered the real-time operating system market with a pair of safety-critical RTOSes. The first, known as Deos, targets the high-end safety-critical market, with a focus on military and aerospace applications requiring safe operation and/or DO-178B Level A certification. The second RTOS, a microkernel known as the HeartOS, will target general embedded as well as low- to mid-range safety-critical applications.
“Until now, COTS run-time support for safety-critical applications has been sorely lacking, either in functionality, or ease of certification,” said Bob Morris, president and CEO of DDC-I. “Deos and HeartOS are the first commercial RTOSes built from the ground up to address the performance, reliability, security, and certification requirements of safety-critical applications, and have been certified on more airframes than all other COTS RTOSes combined.”
“DDC-I has been providing software development tools, run-time platforms and services to the safety-critical industry for more than 20 years,” added Morris. “Now we are leveraging that expertise to offer turnkey safety-critical software platforms with tightly integrated, full-featured COTS RTOSes — platforms that address all aspects of development, certification, and deployment.”
Deos and HeartOS are based on technology developed at Honeywell and deployed on dozens of commercial and military aircraft. To enhance this technology, which represents hundreds of person-years of engineering and IP development, DDC-I has expanded its engineering staff and added core Honeywell engineers from the original Deos RTOS design team. The near-term roadmap includes enhanced tool support, new programming interfaces, and increased target support. DDC-I will also provide previously certified artifacts up to DO-178B Level A.
Deos[tm] (DDC-I Embedded Operating System) is a safe, fast, memory-protected RTOS optimized for safety-critical applications that place a premium on reliability, real-time performance, testability, and formal certifiability. Featuring deterministic, real-time response, guaranteed resource availability, and a patented “slack” scheduling mechanism that achieves 100% CPU utilization, Deos is the only COTS certifiable time- and space- partitioned RTOS built from the ground up for safety-critical applications. Deos provides the easiest, lowest cost path of any COTS RTOS to DO-178B Level A certification, the highest level of safety criticality.
The HeartOS, scheduled for release in Q1 of 2009, is a POSIX-compliant, deterministic RTOS optimized for small- to medium-sized safety-critical applications with tight space and time constraints. Certifiable to DO-178B Level A, the HeartOS is highly configurable and scalable, features a compact, portable TCP/IP stack, and is available with a small footprint, POSIX-compliant journaling file system.
Development support for DDC-I’s RTOS family includes DDC-I’s Eclipse-based, OpenArbor Integrated Development Environment. Available with Ada, C/ C++, and RTSJ Java optimizing compilers, the mixed-language IDE features a color-coded source editor, project management support, automated build/make utilities, and a mixed-language, multi-window, symbolic debugger.
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 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 real-time Java, C, C++, Ada, Fortran and JOVIAL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.