SOURCE: Quantum3D, Inc.

March 06, 2008 03:53 ET

Gables Engineering Selects Quantum3D IGL178 and IData178 for FAA DO-178B Certified Reconfigurable Multi-Function Avionics Display Program

Quantum3D COTS IGL178 Software-Based GPU and IData178 Model-Based HMI Development Tools Combine to Provide Innovative Display Platform Solution for FAA DO-178B Certified Flight Deck Applications

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Avionics 08 Conference -- Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial, Off-the-Shelf (COTS) open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, today announced that Gables Engineering, Inc. has selected Quantum3D IGL178™ and IData178™ for use in a new, reconfigurable, Multi-Function Display (MFD) system targeted at air-transport, regional and business-aviation flight deck applications.

IGL178 is the avionics and visual computing industry's first software-based Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for FAA DO-178B Level-A certifiable OpenGL® Safety Critical (SC) and OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES) based applications and IData®178 is the avionics industry's leading FAA DO-178B Level-A certifiable model-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) and embedded visual computing application development and deployment software tool suite.

Developed by both companies in close cooperation, the Gables Reconfigurable MFD includes smart display technology that enables the system to support important flight deck functions including Attitude Direction Indicators (ADIs), Horizontal Situation Indicators (HSIs), soft controllers and other capabilities on a reconfigurable platform with significantly reduced FAA or other certification authority safety-critical certification expenses.

The new MFD features dedicated, high-performance I/O processing that is reconfigurable for maximum flexibility and dedicated, CPU-based graphics processing that employs IGL178 to provide high-fidelity, high-performance, precision graphics. Gables' rapid-turn manufacturing capabilities offer the means to easily customize the smart MFD for multiple applications and to add any essential hard controllers, if required. The MFD includes a large LCD screen with optimized viewability and image-quality characteristics, aided by IGL178's unique image-quality enhancements including TrueStroke™ precision anti-aliased lines, fonts and points. And because the smart MFD employs IData178, with its unique Model-Based Development capability, the MFD's HMI may be readily modified by Gables or Gables' customers to rapidly tailor the MFD for new applications with greatly reduced time-to-market and certification costs.

"All of us at Quantum3D are excited to be working in partnership with Gables to make this advanced, yet low-cost MFD project a reality," said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D President and Co-Founder. "The Gables reconfigurable MFD represents a watershed achievement in avionics by employing an open-architecture, software-based, OpenGL SC GPU and model-based development in a new class of reconfigurable flight deck device -- which enables the system to address many market needs with one common platform."

"We have been very impressed with Quantum3D's IData and IGL178 software technology and support," said Rick Finale, Gables Engineering VP of Business Development. "The IGL178-based reconfigurable MFD platform, coupled with the outstanding model-based development features of IData, make a package we think can rapidly address many requirements on the flight deck."

Quantum3D will demonstrate IGL178 and IData178 at Avionics 08 in the Quantum3D Booth (#A24), March 5-6 in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. To schedule an appointment at Avionics 08, please contact Andy Pinkard, Quantum3D EMEA Director of Business Development at +44 798-938-2676. For more information on Gables Engineering, Inc., please visit For more information about Quantum3D or Quantum3D products including IGL178 and IData178, please visit or send email to

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