SOURCE: LynuxWorks

April 03, 2007 12:21 ET

LynuxWorks Strengthens Leadership in Aerospace Market by Providing Safety-Critical Platform for European Space Agency's Landmark Galileo Satellite Navigation System

Unparalleled Support for Open Standards, With Safety-Critical Reliability on Pentium Architecture, Key to Selection of LynxOS-178 to Run Core Communications Between Ground and Space Operations

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 3, 2007 -- Representing a milestone for both the aerospace and embedded industries, LynuxWorks, Inc., a world leader in embedded software, today announced it has been selected to provide the real-time operating system (RTOS) for the European Space Agency's Galileo project, a civilian-controlled global navigation system. This validates LynuxWorks' unique approach to safety-critical systems and builds on the company's two decades of innovation and leadership in embedded and real-time technologies. As part of the core element of the Galileo system, LynxOS-178, the first and only commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) RTOS to receive Reusable Software Component (RSC) acceptance for reusability from the FAA for DO-178B certification, will provide enhanced capabilities for communications across various devices and operating systems both on the ground and in space.

The European Galileo global navigation satellite system is designed to provide an unprecedented degree of accuracy (determining location down to the meter) and not only will have guaranteed availability, but also will be compatible with the world's other two positioning systems, GPS and Russia's GLONASS. Galileo will be used for location-based services, as well as in situations where safety is critical, such as running trains and landing airplanes, and in search and rescue operations.

LynxOS-178 will be used in the critical Galileo Mission Segments (GMS), which lies at the heart of the system. The GMS is a network of Earth-based stations that monitor signals from the satellites and transmit navigation data to the satellites. LynxOS-178 offers unmatched openness in development platforms for safety-critical systems, offering support for both Pentium and PowerPC processors, both of which will be used in the overall Galileo project. LynxOS-178 showcases LynuxWorks' long-standing commitment to broad support of open and industry standards, including POSIX compliance, ARINC 653 conformance and full support for C++ applications.

"For years, LynuxWorks has been at the forefront of the embedded aerospace market and the selection of LynxOS-178 for the Galileo satellite navigation system is further proof that we are the experts in this area," said Gurjot Singh, CEO, LynuxWorks. "The Galileo satellite system is a landmark development for the global aerospace industry, just as LynxOS-178 was a landmark development in the embedded industry when it was first announced. LynuxWorks' ability to remain at the leading edge of embedded technology makes it the clear choice for projects like Galileo."

LynxOS-178 is designed specifically to fulfill the stringent needs of multithread and multiprocess applications in safety-critical real-time systems. The military and aerospace industry mandates rigorous testing and certification for safety-critical computing. In the United States and Europe these are expressed in the RTCA/DO-178B, RTCA/DO-278 and EUROCAE ED-12B guidance documents for the production of software for airborne and ground systems.

LynxOS-178 fully satisfies all the objectives of the highest levels of these guidance documents, providing a low-risk path to software certification for developers of software for safety-critical airborne and ground systems. The availability of LynxOS-178 allows developers to leverage software and artifacts that have been certified previously. In the end, LynxOS-178 provides high value to developers by enabling the rapid time-to-market delivery of safety-critical applications.

"With its certain certifiability and its support of both PowerPC and Pentium architectures, LynxOS-178 has been chosen as a result of a strict selection process," said Bertrand Revol, sub project manager, Alcatel Alenia Space, which is overseeing the Galileo project. "LynxOS-178 will provide us with the ability to guarantee availability of the satellite system under any circumstance."

LynuxWorks has a tradition of leadership in aerospace systems, offering the highest level of security and reliability of any COTS embedded operating system. LynuxWorks software has been deployed and is running in a wide array of mission-critical aerospace systems including the U.S. Department of Defense's Network Centric Operations initiative, NASA's Satellite Laser Ranging SLR, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's AVIRIS Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer, radar control systems for the U.S. Air Force and many more.

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. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Jose, California.

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