DDC-I Announces Safety-Critical Deos RTOS for Mercury’s ROCK-2 OpenVPX Mission Computing & Avionics Architecture

Save time and money developing and certifying high-performance multi-core mission-critical computers to DO-178

DDC-I announced the Deos DO-178 safety-critical real-time operating system (RTOS) compatibility with Mercury Systems’ ROCK-2 mission computing architecture. Compute solutions based on the ROCK-2 architecture running Deos RTOS greatly simplifies the flight-safety certification process of mission-critical computers to reduce program risk, while saving cost and time.

The ROCK-2 architecture features BuiltSAFE™ technology, bringing the highest level of flight-safety assurance to aerospace and defense applications. BuiltSAFE is an open systems-compliant, 3U OpenVPX™ form factor that is fully compatible with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA). Together, ROCK-2 and BuiltSAFE™ offer customers an extensive portfolio of interoperable NXP® and multi-core Intel® based processing hardware, software, networking, datalink, graphics and I/O building blocks with supporting flight-safety certification artifacts, so their solutions can be deployed quickly with less program and schedule risk, and at a lower total cost of ownership than traditional systems. From design to full product support, the included reusable DAL artifacts simplify the flight-safety certification process for both hardware (DO-254) and software (DO-178B/C) for greater program velocity with reduced risk.

“Deos’ time and space partitioning, SafeMC multicore technology, and IOI deterministic data distribution service are a perfect fit for ROCK-2’s modular, multi-slot, multi-partitioned hardware architecture,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “Deos makes it easy for avionics designers to take full advantage of ROCK-2 multiprocessing, whether it be multiple cores on a single module, or multiple processors spanning several modules.”

“ROCK-2 based solutions running Deos provide a flexible, reusable platform that delivers best-in-class processing with extensive I/O, networking, and multi-media capabilities,” said Ike Song, Mercury’s Vice President and General Manager for Mercury’s Mission Systems group. “Our customers now have an affordable, high-performance COTS platform with which to develop their highly converged mission and avionics processing solutions with, a platform which delivers an accelerated and low risk path to flight safety certification.”

Deos is a field proven, safety-critical, avionics RTOS that is used to host a multitude of flight critical functions, such as air data computers, air data inertial reference units, cockpit video, displays and flight instrumentation, flight management systems, engine management, and many more.  Built from the ground up for safety-critical applications, Deos is the only certifiable time- and space-partitioned COTS RTOS created using RTCA DO-178, Level A processes from the very first day of its product development. Deos’ unique modular design and verification evidence provides the easiest, lowest cost path to DO-178C DAL A certification, the highest level of safety criticality. DDC-I’s SafeMC™ technology extends DDC-I’ s advanced time and space partitioning capabilities to multiple cores, enabling developers of safety-critical systems to achieve best in class multicore performance without compromising safety-critical task response and guaranteed execution times.

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