- July 14, 2017
July 14 2017 — Abaco Systems announced availability of the LynxOS-178 2.2.4 real time operating system from Lynx Software Technologies (formerly LynuxWorks) for Abaco’s DO-254 certifiable SBC 314 3U VPX single board computer (SBC).
LynxOS-178 is also aligned to the FACE (Future Airborne Capability Environment) standard which defines an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types, and which is of importance to many of Abaco’s customers.
Abaco also announced the first customer for the combined hardware/software offering: Ampyx Power, a Dutch company developing a disruptive next generation wind energy technology within the emerging Airborne Wind Energy sector. Ampyx Power selected the Abaco/Lynx certifiable COTS solution for their tethered autonomous aircraft that can supply 2000 households with cheap and sustainable energy in the future.
With programs looking to leverage the time and cost benefits of COTS hardware and software products for safety certification, while COTS vendors seek program-specific funding to enable them to provide those benefits, Abaco is making a upfront investment in developing the artifacts necessary to achieve DAL A DO-254 certification. Supported products include the SBC314, FORCE2 and RAR15-XMC dual avionics protocol interface.
As well as supporting FACE, LynxOS-178 2.2.4 supports Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) and ARINC 653 APplication EXecutive (APEX), and offers true portability for safety-critical software designs. LynxOS-178 2.2.4 is also offered with a full set of DO-178C DAL-A certification artifacts for systems requiring the highest level of avionics safety certification.
The SBC314 3U VPX single board computer is available with either the Qualcomm (formerly NXP/Freescale) QorIQ T2081 processor for performance or with the QorIQ T1042 for applications where minimal power consumption is required.
The FORCE2 mission ready display computer integrates the SBC314 with an AMD Radeon E8860 or coreAVI E8860 graphics processor and up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM.