Safety Critical RTOS supports Curtiss-Wright VPX6-187 SBC.

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LynxOS-178 2.2.3 FAA Level A-certifiable RTOS features board support package (BSP) for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions VPX6-187 rugged SBC and supports Freescale® Power® Architecture QorIQ P4040/4080 SoC multi-core processor. Included support for Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) 2.0 aids development of portable military avionics platforms, and Reusable Software Component acceptance from FAA for DO-178B certification facilitates systems integration.

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Lynx Software Technologies Announces Safety Critical RTOS Support for the Curtiss-Wright VPX6-187 SBC

Ruggedized single-board computer now offers COTS
development and deployment platform for latest version of LynxOS-178

SAN JOSE, CA – Lynx Software Technologies, a world leader in the embedded safety and security software market, today announced the availability of its board support package (BSP) for the Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions VPX6-187 rugged single board computer (SBC). The new BSP is a part of LynxOS-178 2.2.3, the latest release of the safety critical RTOS (real-time operating system) from Lynx Software Technologies. The BSP brings this FAA Level A certifiable RTOS to Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 board and adds support for the Freescale® Power® Architecture QorIQ P4040/4080 System On a Chip multi-core processor.  The LynxOS-178 2.2.3 release for the VPX6-187 includes support of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) 2.0 which aids in the development of portable military avionics platforms.

LynxOS-178 is the first and only commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) operating system to receive Reusable Software Component (RSC) acceptance from the FAA for DO-178B certification. RSC certification acknowledges a speedier, smoother and more reliable development path for system integrators at a much lowered cost.

Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 can support up to 8 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, USB, Serial ATA, and MIL-STD-1553 using Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 processor with 8 E500MC Cores at speeds up to 1.5 GHz. The release of this BSP from Lynx Software Tech has created a foundation on which to build a DO-178B certifiable multi-core RTOS solution using a Firewalled Asymmetric Multi-Processing (FAMP) architecture.

"With this latest BSP, we're offering DO-178B customers a migration path to next-generation PowerPC QorIQ multi-core hardware resulting in more performance, more memory, and the ability to run more sophisticated avionics applications on a safety-critical OS,” said John Blevins, director of Product Marketing at LynuxWorks. “Customers that use Curtiss-Wright boards and our RTOS should feel confident and secure that they are getting the best support for their hardware and software combinations for all of their safety-critical applications. Combining LynxOS-178 with the VPX6-187 gives military avionics developers the ability to develop next generation applications using several FACE 2.0 profiles including the Security, Safety, Safety-Extended, and General Purpose profiles."

Based on the Power® Architecture QorIQ SOC processor, Curtiss-Wright’s rugged VPX6-187 is a premium choice in embedded and high-performance computing. Each of the 8 cores has its own 64 KB L1 cache and its own 128 MB L2 cache helping to ensure deterministic performance in a safety environment. With four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and two 64-bit PMCs on independent PCI buses this is a very powerful foundation for sophisticated Avionics applications.

“Thanks to its FAA RSC certification, the LynxOS-178 2.2.3 board support package provides system designers with a rapid, reliable and cost-effective development path for their DO-178B certifiable Safety Critical applications,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division.

About LynxOS-178 RTOS
LynxOS-178 is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) RTOS that fully satisfies the objectives of the DO-178B level A specification and meets requirements for Integrated Modular Avionics developers. LynxOS-178 delivers the security and real-time responsiveness needed for safety-critical systems and provides a low-risk path to DO-178B certification for developers to meet the technical requirements in the production of software for airborne systems. In addition, LynxOS-178 provides full POSIX conformance, enabling developers to take advantage of the time-to-market and investment-protection benefits of open standards-based development. The powerful formula of DO-178B certification and POSIX conformance allows developers to meet the most stringent requirements for real-time safety-critical applications while at the same time ensure application portability, software reuse and interoperability between embedded systems.

About Lynx Software Technologies
Lynx Software Technologies, a world leader in the embedded software market, is committed to providing open and reliable RTOS and software tools to embedded developers. The company's LynxOS family of OSes offers open standards with the highest level of safety and security features, enabling many mission-critical systems in defense, avionics and other industries. The latest product in the portfolio, the award winning LynxSecure offers a secure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor that forms a platform for the development of high assurance systems. Since it was established in 1988, Lynx Software has created technology that has been successfully deployed in thousands of designs and millions of products made by leading communications, avionics, aerospace/defense, and consumer electronics companies. Lynx Software's headquarters are located in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.  For more information, visit

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Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
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