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VxWorks 653 and VxWorks Cert Platforms

Proven in the most challenging safety- and security-critical applications, VxWorks® makes it easier and more cost-effective for technology suppliers to meet the stringent safety certification requirements of EN 50128, IEC 61508, RTCA DO-178C, EUROCAE ED-12C, and other standards in aerospace, defense, industrial automation, transportation, and other regulated industries.

Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform

VxWorks 653 is an excellent choice for all regulated industries looking to adopt and certify safe, secure, and reliable multi-core solutions, reducing risk and certification efforts. It provides a robust, multilevel safety, time and space partitioning, and virtualization application environment and is coupled with commercial off-the-shelf certification (COTS) certification artifacts for accelerated time-to-certification.

VxWorks 653 is the world leader in ARINC 653 real-time operating environments, with a proven track record of more than 200 customers across 400 programs in more than 80 civilian and military aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A400M, and the Northrop Grumman UH-60V Black Hawk avionics upgrade. VxWorks 653 3.0 Multi-core Edition adds RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C certification evidence and supports the latest multi-core processors. VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition also supports unmodified guest OS virtualization support for ARINC 653, VxWorks, POSIX®, the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE), and Linux on a shared multi-core platform, making it ideal for supporting new application code mixed with legacy systems.

VxWorks 653 is the first RTOS to be certified conformant to the FACE Technical Standard managed by The Open Group. VxWorks 653 Platform 2.5 is certified conformant to the FACE Technical Standard Operating System Segment (OSS) Safety Base Profile supporting all ARINC 653 and POSIX capabilities required by the FACE Conformance Test Suite.

Benefits include:

High performance with lower development costs

  • Supports a wide range of guest operating systems through a multi-core-enabled scheduler and hardware virtualization assist, allowing applications to run in parallel using separate compute resource to increase compute capacity and domain separation
  • Delivers high performance and low jitter through a two-level virtual machine architecture
  • Can simultaneously support multiple safety levels on a shared compute platform

Easy portability and less costly upgrades

Supports a wide variety of specifications, standards, and APIs:

  • FACE Technical Standard 2.0
  • FACE Technical Standard 2.1
  • ARINC 653 APEX
  • VxWorks
  • Ada
  • C and C++

Streamlined development for faster build cycles

  • Enables RTCA DO-297 and EUROCAE ED-124 role-based development guidelines for clear separation of platform supplier, application developers, and system integrator
  • Includes Wind River Workbench, an Eclipse-based development suite that supports integration with a wide variety of software tools
  • Wind River Simics support for system simulation and test automation

COTS RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C safety certification artifacts

  • Complete application independence with separate build, debug, test, certification, and recertification of applications
  • RTCA DO-330 and EUROCAE ED-215 qualified development and verification tools
  • RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C DAL A safety certification evidence


Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform

Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform is a real-time operating system for safety-critical applications that require RTCA DO-178, EUROCAE ED-12, or IEC 61508 certification evidence in avionics, transportation, industrial automation, and medical device industries.

VxWorks Cert Platform delivers the following capabilities:

  • Certification to RTCA DO-178, Level A on numerous projects
  • IEC 61508 SIL2/3 certification on numerous projects
  • Optional certified Highly Reliable File System (DO-178, Level A)
  • Optional support for real-time processes (RTPs, on select versions)
  • Optional Wind River Certified Network Stack (TCP/UDP/IPv4/Multicast, DO-178 Level A and IEC 61508 SIL3)
  • Proven, robust VxWorks API
  • Support for PowerPC, Intel, and ARM® architectures
  • Wind River Workbench development suite