DO-254/DO-178C Safety Certifiable Mission Computer

Today’s challenging airborne missions need powerful systems. While DO-254/DO-178C safety certification of these systems is imperative, development is also complex, time-consuming and costly, which leaves developers frantically trying to decipher the regulating authorities’ requirements while maintaining their time to market schedule and budget. Certification also poses certain risks and challenges for end users needing to change their mission profiles during an aircraft’s lifecycle.

Hensoldt, Curtiss-Wright, and CoreAVI have partnered to create a new Safety Certifiable Mission Computer that delivers both safety critical functions and high performance - all in one rugged chassis. Hensoldt can provide system/equipment design and qualification along with platform and application software.

Key Benefits

  • Multi-core processing technology
  • DO-254/DO-178C DAL C Safety Certifiable with available artifact kits
  • Multi-channel video capture and HD graphics with analog and digital interfaces
  • Ability to adapt aircraft mission computers during the aircraft’s in-service lifecycle simply by adding new applications
  • Building blocks allow system to be available for rapid prototyping as requirements evolve
  • FACE-compatible
  • Highly robust, reliable, and SWaP-optimized
  • ITAR-free

How It Works

Our Safety Certifiable Mission Computer is made up of two physically segregated functional areas, assigned to safety critical and non-safety critical requirements. Each area features assigned hardware components which are designed to specific functional and criticality requirements of the applications.

  • Safe Area:
    • Hosts safety-critical functions at DO-254, DO-178C DAL C or higher (e.g. Digital Map or Terrain Awareness) and provides the interfaces to the aircraft avionics system.
  • App Area:
    • Hosts Apps that implement specialized data processing functions incorporating sensor and cockpit data e.g. video processing, sensor data fusion. The Apps run on commercial operating systems.
  • Segregator:
    • Performs hardware segregation of both Safe and App Areas and executes intelligent software monitoring of the App Area.
    • Prevents direct access from the App Area to the safety critical elements of an aircraft avionics system. Data such as computation results can be exchanged between the App Area and Safe Area through a well-defined protocol.
    • New Apps can be developed independently from hardware and aircraft environment.
    • Cyber resilience is integrated by security shell technologies.
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Key Features

  • Curtiss-Wright production-ready Single Board Computers, MPSoc, Graphics Modules and Interface Modules
  • Hensoldt chassis, platform and application software
  • VITA 46 OpenVPX 3U standard modules
  • Customized form factors
  • Memory: minimum 256 GB
  • Interfaces: MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, UART, I2S, SPI, Discrete, Gigabit Ethernet, HD-SDI in/out, SMPTE-292M, DVI
  • Housing: ARINC 600 3U VPX
  • Weight: ~7 kg
  • Power: 28 VDC
  • Environmental: -40 - +70°C
  • Flexible I/O: certifiable and deterministic FPGA-based interface solution
  • Safety-certification artefacts for hardware and software in SAFE AREA according to DO 254, DO-178C DAL C (DAL B on request)
  • Operating Systems Graphic Drivers and Support Libraries

Safe Area

  • Wind River VxWorks 6.9 or VxWorks 653 V2.5
  • Graphics driver CoreAVI OpenGL SC 1.0

App Area

  • Microsoft Windows or Linux other OS on request
  • App Development Kit
  • Full multi-core library support and x86 / x64 ecosystem (e.g. Intel MKL, IPP, OpenCL, OpenCV and others)

Applications

  • Digital Mapping applications
  • Synthetic Vision Systems
  • Terrain Awareness
  • Enhanced Tactical Information
  • Automated Sensor Data Processing
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