Curtiss-Wright, Green Hills Software Collaborate to Demonstrate INTEGRITY-178 tuMP Safety-Certifiable RTOS on the Multi-Core Intel VPX3-1220 SBC Module

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced this week that Green Hills Software’s field-proven INTEGRITY-178 tuMP safety- and security-critical multi-core real-time operating system (RTOS) was recently demonstrated on the Curtiss-Wright VPX3-1220 module, an RTCA/DO-254 Design Assurance Level (DAL) C safety-certifiable 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC). The rugged module features the Intel Xeon E3 processor (formerly known as “Kaby Lake”) and enables avionics system designers to rapidly integrate Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) system solutions based on the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS.

INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is said to be the industry’s only multi-core RTOS that enables users to utilize all available compute power from the Xeon E3 processor’s quad cores, including its virtual cores, all based on deterministic, user-defined core and scheduling assignments. With its embedded Intel Core technology design, the VPX3-1220 SBC brings unprecedented computing power to certifiable mission computing and critical airborne applications.

The VPX3-1220’s low-power mobile Xeon E3 processor, which is ideal for airborne applications, delivers high-performance, quad-core x86 processing with integrated graphics at 50% of typical power levels compared to previous Intel processor solutions, according to the company. Paired with the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP operating system (OS), the SBC provides a compelling combination of hardware and software for system integrators that require optimal processing power and industry-leading size, weight and power (SWaP) benefits for their multi-core critical systems.

“Support for Green Hills’ INTEGRITY-178 tuMP multi-core RTOS on the VPX3-1220 SBC demonstrates Curtiss-Wright’s dedication to raising the performance bar for safety-certifiable avionics, while simplifying the complex DO-254/DO-178 safety certification process for our embedded avionics customers,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. “Our ongoing collaboration with trusted operating system vendors, such as Green Hills, enables us to deliver complete COTS-based, safety-certifiable hardware and software solutions to the embedded defense and aerospace market.”

For programs with DO-254 DAL A or DAL B requirements, or system designers seeking a Power Architecture-based SBC, Curtiss-Wright offers the NXP QorIQ T2080-based VPX3-152, a DO-254 DAL A safety-certifiable 3U OpenVPX SBC that also supports INTEGRITY-178 tuMP. In addition, earlier this year, Curtiss-Wright announced support for the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS on its T2080 SOC-based VPX3-133 3U OpenVPX SBC. The VPX3-133, combined with INTEGRITY-178 tuMP, is ideal for rugged deployed applications that do not require DO-254 safety-certifiable hardware.

The VPX3-1220 and VPX3-152 are compatible with Curtiss-Wright’s entire safety-certifiable module portfolio, including the VPX3-717 and VPX3-719 safety-certifiable OpenVPX graphics processors, and the VPX3-611 safety-certifiable MIL-STD-1553B and ARINC 429 I/O Module.

The VPX3-1220 SBC is available now for both air-cooled and conduction-cooled environments.