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VXWorks 653 and VXWorks Cert

Proven in the most challenging safety- and security-critical applications, VxWorks® makes it easier and more cost-effective for technology suppliers to meet the stringent safety certification requirements of EN 50128, IEC 61508, RTCA DO-178C, and EUROCAE ED-12C.

VxWorks 653

VxWorks 653 is an excellent choice for all regulated industries looking to develop and certify safe, secure, and reliable multi-core solutions, reducing risk and certification efforts. It provides a robust, multilevel safety, time and space partitioning, and virtualization application environment. Coupled with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) certification artifacts, it can accelerate the time required to accomplish certification while reducing schedule risk.

VxWorks 653 is the world leader in ARINC 653 real-time operating environments, with a proven track record of more than 220 customers across 440 programs in more than 80 civilian and military aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A400M, and the Northrop Grumman UH-60V Blackhawk avionics upgrade.

VxWorks 653 is the first and only RTOS to be certified conformant to the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE) Technical Standard, thereby supporting all ARINC 653 and POSIX capabilities required by the FACE Conformance Test Suite.

VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition helps customers take advantage of the increased computation power of multi-core processors and comes with a RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C safety certification evidence package. The platform allows safe and non-safe applications to share the same hardware platform by enabling the virtualization of unmodified guest operating systems.

Benefits include:

High performance with lower development costs

  • Supports a wide range of guest operating systems through a multi-core-enabled scheduler and hardware virtualization assist, allowing applications to run in parallel using separate compute resource to increase compute capacity and domain separation
  • Delivers high performance and low jitter through a two-level virtual machine architecture
  • Can simultaneously support multiple safety levels on a shared compute platform

Easy portability and less costly upgrades

Supports a wide variety of specifications, standards and APIs:

  • FACE Technical Standard 2.0
  • FACE Technical Standard 2.1
  • ARINC 653 APEX
  • VxWorks
  • Ada
  • C and C++

Streamlined development for faster build cycles

  • Enables RTCA DO-297 and EUROCAE ED-124 role-based development guidelines for clear separation of platform supplier, application developers, and system integrator
  • Includes Wind River Workbench, an Eclipse-based development suite that supports integration with a wide variety of software tools
  • Wind River Simics support for system simulation and test automation

COTS RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C safety certification artifacts

  • Complete application independence with separate build, debug, test, certification, and recertification of applications
  • RTCA DO-330 and EUROCAE ED-215 qualified development and verification tools
  • RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C DAL A safety certification evidence

Supported Target Architectures

  • PowerPC
  • Intel Architecture

Supported Hosts

  • Windows 7
  • Linux (Wind River, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and SUSE)


Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform

Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform is a real-time operating system for safety-critical applications that require RTCA DO-178, EUROCAE ED-12, or IEC 61508 certification evidence in avionics, transportation, industrial automation, and medical device industries.

VxWorks Cert Platform delivers the following capabilities:

  • Certification to RTCA DO-178, Level A on numerous projects
  • IEC 61508 SIL2/3 certification on numerous projects
  • Optional certified Highly Reliable File System (DO-178, Level A)
  • Optional support for real-time processes (RTPs, on select versions)
  • Optional Wind River Certified Network Stack (TCP/UDP/IPv4/Multicast, DO-178 Level A and IEC 61508 SIL3)
  • Proven, robust VxWorks API
  • Support for PowerPC, Intel, and ARM® architectures
  • Wind River Workbench development suite