SYSGO, leading supplier of software solutions for the most demanding safety and security applications, announced that their first implementation of genuine software based AFDX (ARINC-664) solution has received formal approval by FAA for DO178B Level C certification. This implementation is part of an engine monitoring unit (EMU) developed by Vibro-Meter SA, a MEGGIT Group company.
This important milestone is the result of more than 2 years of effort with Vibro-Meter and other major avionics industrial players. Details of the project cannot be disclosed at this time, but this achievement can be considered as the first of several integrations which are currently at different stages of implementation, targeting new equipments for a major commercial aircraft.
“Coming with a software based implementation of AFDX could have been seen as very challenging,” said Didier Abel, Project Leader at Vibro-Meter SA. “We were confident however in the ability of our technical staff to take up this challenge, and we chose SYSGO as our key partner because of their experience in DO-178B certification and real time networking. This achievement is definitely the result of a very good partnership over 3 years and confirms our opinion about SYSGO’s technical excellence.”
The software implementation of AFDX offers design possibilities that hardware solutions can not provide. Software AFDX is portable, more flexible and much more affordable compared to the currently used ASICs. Portable AFDX consists of the AFDX Node implementation and the very small footprint host driver. ICMP and SNMP run on the AFDX Node, which gain more processing time for other tasks. The AFDX Node configuration is based on a simple CSV text file which allows the use of standard tools for configuration editing and also eases the automated conversion of existing AFDX configurations. SYSGO´s software AFDX avoids the high design risks and extensive development costs of a hardware solution and provides the opportunity to incorporate customer ideas and be ready for future challenges and future projects.
Host drivers are available for PikeOS, the Safe and Secure Virtualization (SSV) product from SYSGO, Linux and other major COTS Real Time Operating Systems.
“Avionic Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet” (AFDX/ARINC-664) is a specification of a deterministic aircraft data network bus system for commercial and other aircrafts. The network is based on standard 802.3 Ethernet technology components to reduce the overall costs for the aircraft network. AFDX extends the standard Ethernet by adding Quality of Service (QoS) and deterministic behavior with a guaranteed dedicated bandwidth.
About Vibro-Meter SA
Vibro-Meter SA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meggitt PLC, a multi-national high tech manufacturing company. Vibro-Meter specializes in vibration monitoring systems and sensors. Vibro-meter activities and market areas include instrumentation and monitoring systems for aviation, aerospace, nuclear reactors energy production plants, chemical, automotive and industrial applications.
SYSGO provides operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded market. A differentiating capability of SYSGO is the Safe and Secure Virtualization platform PikeOS, a paravirtualization operating system which is built upon a small, fast, and safe micro kernel. It supports the co-existence of independent operating system personalities on a single platform, including ELinOS, SYSGO’s embedded Linux distribution. SYSGO supports international customers with services for embedded Linux, real-time capabilities and certification for safety-critical applications. Markets include Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Transportation and Network Infrastructure. Customers include Airbus, Honeywell, Thales, Daimler, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rockwell-Collins, Siemens, and Rohde & Schwarz. SYSGO has facilities in Germany, France, The Czech Republic and North America, and offers a global distribution and support network, including Europe and the Pacific Rim.