Wind River Drives Next-Generation Innovation with Updates to VxWorks 653 Platform


  • Latest version of VxWorks 653 includes support for multi-core silicon and partitioning enabling multi-supplier DO-178C certified platforms.
  • Company also announces support for Safety Base Profile of Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Technical Standard.
  • VxWorks 653 used in over 325 programs by more than 185 customers in over 70 aircraft.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jan. 28, 2015 — Wind River®, a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, has released updates to VxWorks® 653, which include support for multi-core silicon and robust partitioning for applications that enable multilevel RTCA DO-178C certification. Additionally, Wind River has announced support for the Safety Base Profile of Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) 2.1 Technical Standard.

VxWorks 653 3.0 Multi-core Edition is an ARINC 653-compliant operating environment developed specifically to utilize the advantages of multi-core silicon architectures to provide greater flexibility, performance, and application consolidation, under strict ARINC 653 avionics software requirements. By utilizing multi-core separations and partitioning, this new consolidation platform allows customers to re-use legacy software while expanding functionality beyond what could be done with single-core silicon platforms.

This version of VxWorks 653 will also enable customers to integrate multiple software applications at different levels of safety from multiple application software suppliers on a shared compute platform. The robust safety partitioning and virtualization/separation capabilities of VxWorks 653–certified and validated in mission-critical avionics systems–also make it an optimal choice for critical industrial and transportation solutions.

Separately, Wind River has released Wind River VxWorks 653 2.5 Platform, which supports both the ARINC 653 standard and the Safety Base Profile of the FACE Technical Standard 2.1 from the FACE Consortium. The FACE Technical Standard provides guidelines for creating a common operating environment for applications across multiple Department of Defense avionics systems. VxWorks 653 Platform supports numerous open standards and allows customers to choose from a variety of APIs when developing their safety-critical airborne applications.

"With the two latest versions of VxWorks 653, not only are we enabling a shift toward adoption of multi-core silicon in the safety-critical market, but also strengthening our commitment to open standards and portability with support of the FACE Technical Standard," said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president of product management at Wind River. "These platform updates are allowing customers to utilize cutting-edge multi-core hardware and open standards to increase profitability, reduce risks, and address regulatory requirements."

Part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a COTS platform for delivering safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications. Used in over 325 programs by more than 185 customers in over 70 aircraft, VxWorks 653 is the platform of choice for a wide range of commercial, military, and space safety- and mission-critical programs, both manned and unmanned, around the globe. These include Airbus and Boeing military and commercial aircraft like the Airbus A400M and Boeing 787.

Wind River and Vector Software will be hosting a webcast, titled, "FAA Regulatory Guidance for Multi-core Usage in Certified Avionics Systems," on March 3. For more information and to register for the webcast, visit

More information about Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform is available at

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