SOURCE: LynuxWorks

September 18, 2006 08:00 ET

New Version of LynuxWorks LynxOS-178 for Safety-Critical Devices First to Support Intel Pentium Platforms

Offers Expanded Memory and Improved Links for Communications Between Devices

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 18, 2006 -- In a move unprecedented in the embedded systems market, LynuxWorks, Inc., today announced that its LynxOS-178 real-time operating system (RTOS) is the first-ever commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) RTOS to support Intel's Pentium architecture in safety-critical systems. In addition, LynxOS-178 2.2 also provides an enhanced capacity for communication across separate devices using different operating systems and includes expanded memory support that enables developers of military and aerospace systems to take full advantage of today's more powerful hardware.

LynuxWorks LynxOS-178 is the first COTS RTOS for safety-critical systems to support the Intel Pentium X86 architecture, which opens up new hardware designs for developers of safety-critical systems. As previous releases of LynxOS-178 already support PowerPC and other platforms, LynuxWorks now offers unmatched openness in development platforms for safety-critical systems. The introduction of LynxOS-178 2.2 showcases LynuxWorks' long-standing commitment to broaden support of open and industry standards, which has spanned 18 years, including POSIX® compliance, ARINC 653 conformance, and full supports for C++ applications.

"With the addition of support for the Intel Pentium platform, LynuxWorks' LynxOS-178 now offers an even higher advantage for development of safety-critical products," said Joe Wlad, director of product management and FAA DER, LynuxWorks. "LynuxWorks is sensitive to the needs of military and aerospace developers, and prides itself on providing a certified real-time operating system that allows them to use the most current hardware available for their applications."

LynxOS-178 2.2 also includes support for distributed communications middleware products such as Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) or Distributed Data Systems (DDS). This architecture allows multiple heterogeneous devices to communicate seamlessly enabling designers to simplify development of distributed systems. LynuxWorks also has expanded memory support in LynxOS-178, allowing developers to fully exploit the power of today's latest hardware designs. Other new features in LynxOS-178 2.2 work together toward expanded functional usability for further improvements in time-to-market for safety-critical development applications.

The military and aerospace industry mandates rigorous technical and process requirements for safety-critical computing. In the United States, these are expressed in the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) DO-178B standard for the production of software for airborne systems. The targeted DO-178B certification level is either A (catastrophic), B (hazardous/severe), C (major), D (minor) or E (no effect).

LynxOS-178 2.2 fully satisfies the objectives of the DO-178B level A specification, providing a low-risk path to DO-178B certification for developers to meet the technical requirements in the production of software for airborne systems. The availability of LynxOS-178B 2.2 allows developers to leverage software and artifacts that have been certified previously. In the end, LynxOS-178 2.2 provides high value to developers by enabling the rapid time-to-market delivery of safety-critical applications.


LynuxWorks' LynxOS-178B 2.2 is available immediately through LynuxWorks. In addition to the LynxOS-178B 2.2 kernel, the offering will include a complete artifacts package for the kernel and user library, DO-178B required documentation, code coverage test suites and analysis for 100-percent modified condition/decision coverage of the kernel and libraries, a full suite of standards-based development tools and support.

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.

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective holders. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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