Smiths Aerospace Selects Wind River for Use in Boeing 7E7 Common Core System
London, Mar 30 2004 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the global leader in device software optimisation (DSO), today announced that Smiths Aerospace selected Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 for use in the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner Programme. Specifically, Wind River will be used in the 7E7’s Common Core System, which hosts many of the airplane’s avionics and utilities functions.
“Wind River is honoured to be selected by Smiths and for use in their Common Core System on the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner programme,” said Ken Klein, CEO, president and chairman for Wind River. “Our device software expertise in safety critical markets was a key factor for the selection and also underscores our technical excellence. Wind River is proud to be developing applications that will shape the future of commercial aviation.”
Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is part of the company’s Safe and Secure Program, which is designed to provide fully integrated device software platforms that meet the stringent safety certifications required by the FAA. The 7E7 Common Core System is comprised of extremely complex device software with 80 to 100 applications running simultaneously. Smith and Wind River provided the technology and expertise Boeing requires for this next generation airplane.
Designed to be the most advanced and efficient commercial airplane in its class and predicted to dramatically alter the future of avionics, the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner will set new standards for environmental responsibility and passenger comfort. Developed to seat 200- to 250-passengers, the 7E7 will fly between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles at the same speeds as today's fastest twin-aisle commercial airplanes – the 777 and 747. The Boeing 7E7 stands to dramatically change the avionics market and Boeing projects to sell up to 3,500 7E7s over the next 20 years. Boeing began offering the new airplane to customers in early 2004.
Smiths Aerospace is an industry leader in developing software applications and integrating systems utilising software partitioned architectures, essential for developing safety critical systems.
“Smiths Aerospace and Wind River have a long history of partnering to develop innovative, reliable and FAA-certifiable commercial partitioned operating systems and Smiths is delighted to once again be working with Wind River and its Platform Safety Critical ARINC 653,” Mike Grady , vice president, Civil and Military Air Transport of Smiths Aerospace. “Working together on this groundbreaking programme, we will enable Boeing to further reduce costs, size, and power consumption for the 7E7, while simultaneously providing the interoperability, flexibility and reliability needed to meet today’s stringent security and safety requirements.”
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