LynuxWorks Powers Real-Time Battlefield Communication

6/24/2003 - Multiple branches of the military were able to communicate in real-time during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a result of the new Improved Data Modem, IDM TechnologyTM from Innovative Concepts, Inc. IDM Technology is powered by LynuxWorksTM' LynxOS® operating system and allows all aspects of the battlefield—including aviation units, ground forces and shipborne systems—to communicate digitally in real-time without relying solely on voice-to-voice communication. The IDM played an integral role in Iraq as it was utilized in the Apache Longbow, Chinook, Kiowa Warrior, and Blackhawk Army helicopters and ground forces.

IDM represents the latest in advanced military technologies designed to remedy communication issues. As a result, soldiers can, for the first time, transmit icons on digital maps and correlate the icons to a continuously pinpointed and tracked target. This strategic advantage was leveraged for more accurate weapons control, quicker attack strategies and fewer friendly-fire errors in Iraq.

"IDM is the latest example of our continued success in powering the most technologically advanced military applications," said Bob Morris, vice president of sales and marketing for LynuxWorks. "We've invested substantially in assuring that our products are certified to, and conform with, the highest government standards."

Importance of government standards
To achieve seamless data communication and joint situational awareness, LynxOS provides hard real-time capability and POSIX conformance required by the IDM. This POSIX conformance allows the IDM to execute a number of GOTS (government-off-the-shelf) packages which require full POSIX process model support as specified by the JTA-A (which mandates POSIX .1 support), in order to quickly integrate the required GOTS and COTS packages. LynxOS is the only real-time operating system to have been certified POSIX conformant by the IEEE. A different RTOS could offer POSIX compliance, meaning that its vendor has a document stating which POSIX features are supported and which are not, but only the LynxOS RTOS offers a true, conformant POSIX operating system.

"Since the IDM is mission-critical, we required hard real-time deterministic performance. After a thorough investigation of the available alternatives, LynxOS was the logical choice as it was the only real-time operating system to be certified POSIX conformant by the IEEE," said Richard Harrison, vice president of corporate business development at Innovative Concepts. "LynxOS was a critical factor in helping Innovative Concepts achieve interoperability with the tactical Internet, integrated battlespace communications network, and ensure our provided the military with seamless data communication and joint situational awareness."

About Innovative Concepts
Innovative Concepts, Inc. is a communications technology development firm specializing in the research, design, development, production, and support of wireless data communications products and services. Dedicated to delivering innovative products and services to the defense community, Innovative Concepts, Inc. collaborates with its customers to help them communicate more effectively and operate more efficiently. Expertise includes: the product suite of IDM Technology, software and systems engineering, hardware development, and aerospace technical services. More information on Innovative Concepts can be accessed via their web site at

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a technology leader in the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San José, California.

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective holders. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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