Proven COTS Software Safety Solutions

With Wind River® VxWorks® safety-certified platforms, developers get the cost and risk reduction they expect from a VxWorks commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) real-time operating system (RTOS), as well as the assurance that they are using a proven operating system foundation to meet the most demanding safety certification standards.

Wind River offers the most complete COTS safety certification evidence for safety critical platforms. Certification evidence is delivered as a complete package on DVD, in a hyperlinked format for easy navigation and traceability, easing the time and expense required by certification authorities.

VxWorks Safety Solutions

Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform

Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform is a proven safety critical software development environment for delivering applications that must be certified to the requirements of RTCA DO-178B/C, EUROCAE ED-12B/C, IEC 61508, and related safety critical software standards. Complete certification evidence is provided for DO-178B/C, EUROCAE ED-12B/C, and IEC 61508.

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Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform

Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform delivers complete ARINC 653 Part 1, Supplement 2 conformance and expands the ARINC 653 XML configuration capabilities to enable a true multi-vendor platform that supports fully independent RTCA DO-297/EUROCAE ED-124 integrated modular avionics (IMA) supplier sourcing. The platform is certified to DO-178B/C and EUROCAE ED-12B/C Level A.

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VxWorks Safety Standards


The RTCA jointly with EUROCAE publishes guidance on meeting software aspects of aircraft safety and airworthiness as required by regulatory bodies such as the FAA.

Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform and Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform are both certified to software safety level A in current aircraft systems and ship with complete sets of certification evidence.

IEC 61508, IEC 61511, IEC 61513, EN-50128

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) publishes safety standards applied to the design and development of electronic/programmable devices in industrial, railway, nuclear, and process control applications.

Safety critical systems around the globe rely on Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform to provide robust and reliable run-time capability certified against IEC standards. VxWorks Cert Platform is certified by TÜV SÜD to IEC 61508 SIL Level 3.

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ARINC 653 Part 1 defines the required services for a space and time partitioning run-time platform for safety critical avionics systems. The intent of the ARINC 653 standard is to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of different software safety levels on the same physical hardware to create an IMA architecture. Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform is a fully compliant ARINC 653 Part 1 (including addendum 2) solution with a proven track record in more than 290 projects by over 163 customers on over 56 aircraft.

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Why VxWorks Platforms for Safety Critical Systems?

The adoption of COTS software solutions in the safety critical market has greatly reduced the risk and cost of do-it-yourself or roll-your-own operating system solutions. Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform and
Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform provide proven, certified solutions with comprehensive certification evidence—reducing risk, cost, and time for safety critical development.

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Accelerated Development of
Safety Critical Systems

Wind River Simics

Wind River Simics is a virtual platform that allows you to simulate the entire target, even if it contains multiple boards with multiple hardware architectures running multiple real-time operating systems. By giving distributed teams of developers, testers, and integrators access to the entire target system, Simics allows them to debug and test it as a whole instead of individual pieces of the system. And Simics can help developers standardize their certification processes and satisfy requirements-based testing, coverage analysis, and robustness verification more easily. Its features transcend hardware test platform capabilities to solve the more rigorous DO-178C verification requirements.

Wind River Workbench On-Chip Debugging

Wind River offers advanced JTAG tools for rapid hardware and software debugging. Our JTAG tools provide complete support for partitioned environments that enable non-intrusive debugging, monitoring, and testing for safety and security systems.

Wind River Professional Services

With deep expertise and proven best practices for avionics programs, our comprehensive and structured engineering services are specifically designed to help customers meet strict program schedules and certification requirements. Our team of technical experts is qualified to assist with a variety of architecting and engineering activities. Services include safety certification, device design, board support package (BSP) and driver optimization, software system and middleware integration, and legacy application and infrastructure migration.

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