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SYSGO's AFDX® Software Solution achieves DO-178B Certification on Vibro-Meter's Avionics Equipment

SYSGO, leading supplier of software solutions for the most demanding safety and security applications, today announced that their first implementation of genuine software based AFDX® (ARINC 664) solution has received formal DO-178B certification.

This important milestone is the result of more than 2 years of effort with Vibro-Meter and other major avionics industrial players. Details of the project cannot be disclosed at this time, but this achievement can be considered as the first of several integrations which are currently at different stages of implementation, targeting new equipments for a major commercial aircraft.

“Coming with a software based implementation of AFDX® could have been seen as very challenging, “ said Didier Abel, Project Leader at Vibro-Meter SA. “We were confident however in the ability of our technical staff to take up this challenge, and we chose SYSGO as our key partner because of their experience in DO-178B certification and real time networking. This achievement is definitely the result of a very good partnership over 3 years and confirms our opinion about SYSGO’s technical excellence.”

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 (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit ). Portable AFDX® consists of the AFDX® Node implementation and the very small footprint host driver. ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) run on the AFDX Node, which gain more processing time for other tasks. The AFDX® Node configuration is based on a simple CSV text file which allows the use of standard tools for configuration editing and also eases the automated conversion of existing AFDX® configurations. 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 be ready for future challenges and future projects.

Host drivers are available for PikeOS, the Safe and Secure Virtualization (SSV) product from SYSGO, Linux and other major COTS (Commercial-of-the-Shelf) Real-Time Operating Systems.

About AFDX®

"Avionic Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet" (AFDX®/ARINC 664) is a specification of a deterministic aircraft data network bus system for commercial and other aircrafts. 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 behavior with a guaranteed dedicated bandwidth.

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