SYSGO, Vector Software Team on Safety Critical Applications

SYSGO announced a partner agreement with Vector Software. SYSGO is a leading supplier of software solutions for the world’s most demanding safety and security applications. Vector Software is a leading provider of software test tools for embedded systems. The partnership will allow DO-178B certifiable PikeOS developers to use leading software testing and code coverage from Vector Software as part of the certification process of their applications.

SYSGO is expanding quickly and sees an increasing demand for its innovative and certified solutions in numerous markets. For safety-critical customers, the use of a certifiable RTOS is essential but not sufficient. Certification of the complete system requires processes and tools of the highest quality. Vector Software has developed an expertise, and field-proven testing tools that perfectly complement the PikeOS development environment. The key component of the partnership will be the integration of the VectorCAST tools with the eclipse-based development environment CODEO provided within PikeOS.

“When we discuss the challenges of certification with our customers, they always stress the need for an integrated development environment and comprehensive toolset”, said Jacques Brygier, VP Marketing of SYSGO. “Because PikeOS is primarily used for the development of safety-critical applications, the testing phase is also mandatory for our customers. This partnership with Vector Software is a natural fit as the two companies not only target the same type of customers and applications, but also share the same priorities in terms of engineering expertise, product quality and customer support.”

PikeOS is an innovative product, providing an embedded systems platform where multiple virtual machines can run simultaneously in a secure environment. The safe and secure virtualization technology allows multiple operating system APIs to run concurrently on one machine, e.g. an ARINC-653 application together with Linux. The PikeOS microkernel architecture allows it to be used in cost sensitive, resource constrained devices as well as large, complex systems. The simplicity and compactness of the PikeOS design results in real-time performance that competes head-to-head with conventional proprietary RTOS solutions. PikeOS is certifiable to the DO-178B standard, and is also MILS compliant.

“Vector Software has built a strong reputation in the area of highly reliable applications”, declares Bill McCaffrey, Director of Marketing for Vector Software. “Our customers in avionics, transportation, medical, and industrial automation, have extremely demanding test and certification requirements, and we see PikeOS from SYSGO as an important player in all of these sectors. The safe and secure virtualization concept needs to be complemented by powerful testing tools and the VectorCAST family fully satisfies this requirement.”

SYSGO excels in providing operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded device market. A differentiating capability of SYSGO is the secure PikeOS paravirtualization operating system which is built upon a small, fast, and safe microkernel and supports the cohabitation of independent operating system personalities on a single platform, including ELinOS, SYSGO’s embedded Linux development environment. SYSGO supports international customers with services for embedded Linux, real-time capabilities and certification for safety-critical applications. Target markets include Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Transportation and Network Infrastructure. SYSGO customers include Airbus, Honeywell, Thales, Daimler, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rockwell-Collins, Siemens and Rohde & Schwarz. Today, the company has six facilities in Europe, including Germany, France and The Czech Republic and offers a global distribution and support network, extending to North America and the Pacific Rim.

About Vector Software
Vector Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of automated software testing tools for developers of safety-critical embedded applications. Vector Software’s VectorCAST line of products, automate and manage the complex tasks associated with unit, integration, and system level testing. The VectorCAST tools support the C, C++, and Ada programming languages.