A Standard that Brings Software Interoperability to Avionics Systems

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium is an aviation-focused professional group made up of U.S. industry suppliers, customers and users. The Consortium is creating a technologically appropriate open FACE reference architecture, standards and business model. FACE aims to standardize approaches to bring open standards solutions to avionics systems. These avionics systems will result in lower implementation costs for the U.S. government and other adopters of the standard. Using the modular open standard architecture (MOSA), Open Architecture (OA) and Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA), FACE supports a robust architecture for enabling software development. By using standard interfaces, this open standard enables interoperability between systems and components as well as interface reuse. The Future Airborne Capability Environment enables porting of application from multiple systems and vendors so that the warfighter can get the capabilities faster and at a reduced life cycle, up-front procurement, system integration, and upgrade/technology refresh cost and risk.

The FACE Consortium enables vendors and the U.S. government to work together to develop the open standard and best practices guidance documentation. Ultimately, the FACE standard is designed to enable, enhance and accelerate the deployment of systems to the warfighter through reusable software capabilities. This consortium is currently supported by the U.S. Army, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, defense contractors, and industry partners.

The FACE Consortium is defining the requirements for Software Development Toolkit (SDK) extensions and test suites, a Reference Implementation Guide, a verification process, and repository for modular software applications/services. Visit the FACE Consortium website for a complete list of published documents.

Further Reading

Rick Hearn, Product Manager, Safety Certifiable Solutions wrote about Optimizing Multicore Architectures for Safety-Critical Applications in Military Embedded Systems Magazine.

Mark Grovak, Avionics Business Development Manager wrote the article Milestone in Abstracting the Hardware: Realizing the Promise of FACE in Military Embedded Systems Magazine.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is an active associate member of the FACE Consortium. Curtiss-Wright offers a broad range of Candidate FACE Hardware including rugged embedded open standards based modules and systems designed to be in compliance with FACE profile specifications. Curtiss-Wright provides modules and systems which host FACE-conformant Software applications and operating systems to develop, integrate and test FACE compliant avionics.

FACE™, logo design and The Open Group Certification Mark™ are trademarks of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.

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