9/19/2003 - BAE SYSTEMS, a leader in ARINC-653-compliant technology for real-time operating systems, and SBS Technologies Inc., a developer and producer of open-architecture embedded computer products, have joined forces to market systems for safety-critical use.
The two companies have agreed to collaborate to provide the CsLEOSTM real-time operating system from BAE SYSTEMS for applications using SBS Technologies single-board computers (SBC). The combination provides a powerful solution for customers whose products must meet rigid safety standards.
"SBS Technologies, embedded computing products are already deployed in a wide range of commercial and government uses, from networking to industrial automation to military systems. This relationship with BAE SYSTEMS will help extend our reach into safety-critical applications," said Frank Willis, vice president of business development for military products at SBS Technologies.
With more than 50 years of aircraft flight control experience behind it, the CsLEOS operating system "is an ideal commercial, off-the-shelf solution to many safety-critical systems requirements," said Milan Dedek, CsLEOS product manager for BAE SYSTEMS Aerospace Controls. "By combining our efforts to target safety-critical products, we will broaden both companies, ability to serve this important market."
The CsLEOS operating system is the only commercial, off-the-shelf RTOS offered by a safety-critical systems company. Its brick-wall partitioning, designed from the start to implement ARINC-653 and to be certifiable to the highest FAA DO-178B safety level, allows multiple applications to run on the same system without interfering with each otherTM ensuring that safety-critical functions are protected from other processes running on the same hardware. The unique implementation of CsLEOS also makes is possible to add, revise, and test system functions without retesting existing applications, significantly reducing project life-cycle costs.
A DO-178B, Level A-certifiable version of CsLEOS, complete with documentation artifacts to support system certification, is available now. (D0-178B, developed by RTCA Inc., a nonprofit company in Washington, D.C., is the international standard for certifying software used in safety-critical airborne systems).
The CsLEOS RTOS is supported on a range of SBS VME and 3U CompactPCI boards, including the SBS Technologies VG4 SBC.
Featuring the PowerPC 7410 running at 500 MHz, fast ethernet 10/100Mbit, two DMA channels, 512MB, 100MHz SDRAM with error correction for high integrity, a 64-bit SCSI, and two PMC expansion slots, the VG4 is ideal for use in embedded computing applications found in avionics, tactical ground vehicles, and rugged naval systems. As with all SBS Technologies products, the VG4 is designed for use in extended-temperature, high-shock and -vibration environments that are typical of many defense and aerospace platforms.
About SBS Technologies
SBS Technologies Inc., founded in 1986, designs and builds open-architecture embedded computer products that enable original equipment manufacturers to serve the commercial, communication, enterprise and government markets. SBS products are integrated into a variety of applications, including communication networking, medical imaging, industrial automation, and military systems. Its portfolio includes an extensive line of CPU boards, computer interconnections, avionics, telemetry, and fully integrated systems and enclosures. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS maintains nine primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States, and has international sales offices in five countries.
About BAE SYSTEMS
BAE SYSTEMS is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE SYSTEMS has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately £12 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.
BAE SYSTEMS North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 25,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers, needs with highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.
BAE SYSTEMS Aerospace Controls is a unit of the company’s U.S.-based Platform Solutions Sector, part of BAE SYSTEMS North America. The Platform Solutions Sector is a leading global supplier of integrated electronic control products, subsystems, and man-machine interface systems for air, space, sea, and ground vehicles. The business develops and produces electronic vehicle management systems, electronic engine controls, cockpit and helmet displays, and inertial systems for a variety of platforms including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, missiles, ground vehicles, ships, and space launch vehicles. It also produces HybriDrivev propulsion systems for intra-city transit buses and other medium and large vehicles. Based in Johnson City, New York, it employs approximately 6,400 people at 12 facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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