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Wind River Platform First of its Kind to Receive FACE Certification

By Staff Writer | March 29, 2017
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Wind River’s VxWorks 653 platform has passed the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) conformance certification for the FACE Operating System Segment Safety Base Profile. It is the first commercial-off-the-shelf product to achieve this type of certification, the Intel subsidiary said. The solution can now be integrated with other verified FACE software components.

“As a founding member of the FACE Consortium we are proud of the work that our Wind River team and the FACE membership have performed,” Wind River said. “Successfully completing the FACE conformance certification launches a new era of rapid integration and deployment of global avionics software. This FACE certification directly removes risk from programs building next generation integrated modular avionics systems.”

VxWorks 653 is currently used in more than 400 programs by more than 200 customers and is supported by 24 partners. The avionics platform can be used in commercial, space, safety, autonomous and mission-critical programs. It is being used in more than 80 aircraft, including the Airbus A400M, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Northrop Grumman Black Hawk UH-60V Cockpit Digitization Program.

Managed by The Open Group, the FACE Technical Standard and FACE Consortium is a government and industry consortium. It aims to define an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types. Primary objectives of the consortium include creating reusable and interoperable software capabilities while fostering innovation and competition. Rockwell Collins is a sponsor and founding member of the FACE Consortium and holds multiple leadership positions at the steering committee and subcommittee levels.

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