Research & Development Projects


Research & Development Projects


The SCARLETT Project

SCARLETT stands for SCAlable and Reconfigurable eLectronics plaTforms and Tools. 

The objective of this four-year European project that started in May 2008 is the evaluation and validation of new flight systems avionics architecture which can be applied to all classes of aircraft by scalability of both resources and functions.

The project involves 40 partners, including Airbus, Thales, Dassault Aviation, SAAB, DIEHL Aerospace, GE aviation, Barco, Gallileo Avionica, Messier Bugatti, ONERA, Alenia Aeronautica, TTTech,... 

The first generation of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA1G) has been introduced through the European funded research projects PAMELA, NEVADA and VICTORIA. It has led the aerospace industry to take a revolutionary step away from the previous federated architectures and their classical bespoke electronics.

IMA1G, currently onboard the A380, A400M and B787 aircraft, replaces separate and dissimilar equipments, with fewer common processing modules, sharing the necessary power supply and communication links.
IMA1G is a first step in the evolution toward a full IMA concept, which demonstrates its possible implementation and benefits when applied to a limited range of aircraft functions. The number of processing units in the new A380 is half that of previous generations. Reductions in airline operating costs are expected to be between 15 to 20% through significant weight reduction and maintenance savings.
The concept of the SCARLETT project is based on a shared analysis made by the European Aerospace Community which supports the need to carry out research leading to a conceptual breakthrough in IMA1G in order to define a scalable, reconfigurable fault-tolerant driven and secure new avionics platform, namely DME: Distributed Modular Electronics.
In implementing the innovations in the DME concept, SCARLETT will progress the state-of-the-art beyond the current IMA1G in the following

  • Scalability, portability and adaptability
  • Fault tolerance and reconfiguration capabilities
  • A minimum number of types of standardized electronic modules
  • Support for the full range of avionics function

These innovations will be supported by advanced processes, methods and tools for an efficient implementation in the future.

By progressing as described above the European Industry will be in a position to offer a common avionics platform solution across a worldwide range of aircraft types, at a higher level of maturity at entry into service.
SYSGO's role within the project is to:

  • Contribute to new Apllication Programming Interface specifcation preaparing ARINC653 work group meeting for Operating System services and its enhancements to support reconfiguration
  • Demonstrate PikeOS can supply IMA certified applications and multi-criticality levels through various demonstrators
  • Be ready to supply the defined DME for the next avionics generation

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