Aonix's Technology Powers Architecturally Neutral Real-Time System

10/14/2004 - Aonix®, a provider of complete safety- and mission-critical solutions, has been selected to provide a partitioning kernel suitable for an architecturally neutral real-time system (ANRTS) targeting high-integrity applications. The High Integrity Java Applications (HIJA) project will advance real-time systems implementation technologies through a platform-independent framework that maintains the robust reliability essential for safety- and mission-critical applications.

Well-established as a leader in real-time mission- and safety-critical technologies, Aonix understands the increasingly mobile and connected nature of the project’s target applications in avionics, automotive, and telecommunications. Aonix, a leader in ARINC-653 and DO-178B certification, will provide the partitioning technology, built on SmartKernel, a memory- and time-partitioned kernel designed to provide safety and security protection.

“The HIJA project is fortunate to have the expertise and strength of Aonix on the team,” noted David Lounsbury, The Open Group's Vice President and Managing Director of Research and Technology. “Their experience working with real-time applications in the mission- and safety-critical market as well as their dedication to the development of a safety-critical Java specification gives me confidence that the HIJA project will be a success.”

“It has always been Aonix’s strategy to build on market standards,” noted Marc Richard-Foy, Business Development Manager for Embedded Software. “We appreciate the leadership The Open Group is taking in developing an architecturally neutral real-time platform that enables all players to take advantage of the mainstream tools available to the Java community. This initiative will reduce the need in current practice to trade-off cost, time to market, and flexibility in return for improved safety and reliability.”

An innovative aspect of the HIJA research is its support for dynamic deployment and code mobility in high-integrity systems. By extending Java’s “write once, run anywhere” capabilities, solutions providers are able to deliver the portability and upgradeability needed for the 10+ years of system performance required in the mission-critical space. High-integrity software components can be maintained and distributed in portable byte-code representation and effortlessly distributed to and deployed on a variety of CPU architectures and underlying real-time operating systems.

The HIJA platform also provides a standard set of development tools to perform the static analysis and verification typically imposed on the developer of high-integrity software. By standardizing these tools, the HIJA project further reduces development costs and time and improves software quality and maintainability.

The 6th Framework Programme is an European Community initiative created to foster European research and development and promoting new technology, applications and industries. Of the more than 70 proposals submitted for embedded systems technology research, HIJA was one of the top ranked proposals. Jointly funded by the European community and participating companies, the project will run through 2006. The HIJA project is expected to contribute to ongoing standards development activities related to safety-critical Java, mission-critical Java, and ARINC-653 Part 2 Apex extensions.

The HIJA project is led by The Open Group and consists of four universities and research institutes (University of Karlsruhe, University of York, FZI and DIT-UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)), four end-user companies (Thales-Avionics, Bellstream, Telecom Italia Learning Services, and CRF (Fiat)), and four technology suppliers (Aicas, Aonix, The Open Group, and Trialog).

About Aonix
Aonix is a global independent provider of Software Engineering Development Environments with more than 20 years of experience. Our products cover Analysis and Design (AmeosTM, Software through Pictures® and Architecture Component DevelopmentTM), GUI Design (TeleUSE®) and implementation in Ada (ObjectAda®, AdaWorld®), JavaTM platform support for Embedded Systems (PERC®,JRAVENTM, JRTKTM), high-performance and certifiable Real-Time kernels (RAVENTM, SmartKernelTM) and Software-Testing. As a pioneer in current market trends such as Model Driven Architecture® (MDA), Real-Time JavaTM and in the development of safety-critical applications Aonix addresses the needs of mission- and safety-critical applications for various industries including Avionics, Space, Defense, Transportation, Telecoms, Automotive, and Industry in general. Professional training, consulting and local technical support guarantees our customers the successful development and deployment of their applications. Headquartered in San Diego, CA and Paris, France, Aonix operates sales offices throughout North America and Europe in addition to a network of international distributors. For more information, visit

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