Portable AFDX® - SYSGO provides first software-only Implementation for AFDX®
"This is another milestone to strengthen our position as a major vendor of safety critical COTS software in Europe. Since the US avionics market also focuses on AFDX®, this is the next step that will allow SYSGO to emerge in the US market with a widely needed product", says Detlev Schaadt, CTO of SYSGO. The software implementation of AFDX® offers design possibilities that hardware solutions can not provide. Software AFDX® is portable, more flexible and much more affordable compared to the currently used ASICs. Portable AFDX® consists of the AFDX® Node implementation and the very small foot-printed host driver. ICMP and SNMP run on the AFDX® Node not on the host. The configuration of the AFDX® Node can be done through the host driver which uses a XML based VCT (Virtual Channel Table). This flexibility enables Portable AFDX® to be used in several environments, only by changing the configuration. SYSGO´s software AFDX® avoids the high design risks and extensive development costs of a hardware solution and provides the opportunity to incorporate customer ideas and to be ready for future challenges.
The reference implementation is based on a PowerQuicc II PMC module. SYSGO provides drivers for their own PikeOS RTOS, LynxOS-178 (LynuxWorks) and Linux. However, there are no limitations for using other safety critical RTOS.
"Avionic Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet" (AFDX®/ARINC-664) is a specification of a deterministic aircraft data network bus system for public (but not only) avionic transportation. The network is based on standard 802.3 Ethernet technology components to reduce the overall costs for the aircraft network. AFDX® extends the standard Ethernet by adding Quality of Service (QoS) and deterministic behaviour with a guaranteed dedicated bandwidth.
SYSGO excels in providing operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded device market. A differentiating capability of SYSGO is the secure PikeOS™ paravirtualization operating system which is built upon a small, fast, and safe microkernel and supports the cohabitation of independent operating system personalities on a single platform, including ELinOS™, SYSGO’s embedded Linux development environment. SYSGO supports international customers with services for embedded Linux, real-time capabilities and certification for safety-critical applications. Target markets include Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Transportation and Network Infrastructure. SYSGO customers include Airbus, Honeywell, Thales, Daimler, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rockwell-Collins, Siemens and Rohde & Schwarz. Today, the company has six facilities in Europe, including Germany, France and The Czech Republic and offers a global distribution and support network, extending to North America and the Pacific Rim.