Wind River and Esterel Technologies Partner to Create New Safety-Critical Software Development Platform

Embedded World, Nürnberg – February 13, 2007 – Wind River, the global leader in Device Software Optimisation (DSO), and Esterel Technologies, worldwide supplier of SCADE, the Certified Software Factory for safety-critical embedded software applications, today announced a strategic partnership for creating a joint solution for rapidly building and certifying safety critical avionics systems.

This joint solution will combine Esterel Technologies' correct-by-construction SCADE Suite and SCADE Display design tools integrated with Wind River's VxWorks 653 Real Time Operating System (RTOS). This combination will enable code generated directly from SCADE's KCG Qualified Code Generator to be integrated immediately with Wind River's VxWorks 653 RTOS, reducing time-to-market and minimizing certification and deployment risk. This solution combines the SCADE KCG Qualification Kit, Wind River's Certification Artefacts DVD, and Wind River's DO-178B qualified ARINC 653 XML configuration tool to accelerate safety certifications. This joint solution also enables platform providers, systems integrators and application developers a cost effective route from application design and development, to systems integration and RTCA DO-178B / DO-254 and EUROCAE ED-12B and / ED-80 certification that is also compliant with DO-297, and standard controlling the integration of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) systems.

"Our customers need proven, integrated technologies that accelerate building complex safety-critical applications that are MMU-partitioned for additional reliability and re-use," states Rob Hoffman, VP and General Manager of Wind River's Aerospace and Defence business. "This integration of Wind River's VxWorks 653 and Esterel's SCADE Certified Software Factory provides a powerful combination of global technologies that reduce the risk and increase quality for device software platforms that must meet the stringent safety certifications required by the FAA and EASA. The SCADE KCG Qualified Code Generator uniquely removes testing challenges of avionics display and control systems."

"Wind River's DSO solutions are a perfect fit for the SCADE Certified Software Factory," states Eric Bantégnie, CEO of Esterel Technologies." Coupling our SCADE Suite and SCADE Display products with the world's largest device software code base enables our joint customers to rapidly create, deploy and safety-certify systems with minimal risk and rework. Industry-leading programs like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Eurocopter EC-135 platforms can now easily benefit from the integration of these powerful tools."

About Wind River VxWorks 653
Wind River VxWorks 653 provides safety critical developers with the Eclipse-based device software development suite, Wind River® Workbench, the VxWorks 653 ARINC 653 compliant Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and Level A Certification artefacts for RTCA DO-178B EASA ED-12B. VxWorks 653 is Wind River's robust operating system environment for controlling complex ARINC 653 Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) systems. This product is coupled with the world's most complete DO-178B / ED-12B Level A certification artefacts DVD, with more than 65,000 hyperlinked files to ensure robust testing and certification authority completeness in any safety-critical environment.

VxWorks 653 has a proven XML configuration system that enables the insertion of new or modified applications, or changes in system configuration without forcing a retest of the entire operating environment. IMA developers can now reuse certification artefacts for individual applications without rebuilding the OS or hosted function applications. In addition, Wind River's XML configuration system is also compliant with the DO-297 Integrated Modular Avionics Development Guidance and Certification Issues Document, including the separation of application providers, platform providers, and system integrators.

SCADE Suite™ is the market leading, model-based development environment dedicated to safety-critical embedded software:

  • DO-178B qualified up to level A for Military and Aerospace Industries

  • IEC 61508 certified for all SIL levels by TÜV for Heavy Equipment, and Energy

  • EN 50128 certified for all SIL levels by TÜV for Rail Transportation

SCADE Display is the leading edge embedded graphics design environment dedicated to safety-critical display systems, DO-178B qualified up to level A for Military and Aerospace Industries.

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit

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Esterel Technologies and SCADE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Esterel Technologies S.A. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Global Corporate Communications