March 11, 2009 04:00 ET

Presagis Optimizes Avionics Solutions Using Wind River's VxWorks DO-178B Certification Platform

Integrated solution speeds design of human machine interfaces (HMIs) in next-generation cockpits

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) -

Attention: Technology Editors

Today Presagis™ announced a solution stack based on Wind River's family of VxWorks DO-178B platforms which should allow the avionics industry to take a leap forward. This development platform helps developers mitigate risk and streamline the development of modern avionics systems. The cockpit avionics stack combines the avionics' industry-leading graphics development software from Presagis with Wind River's robust DO-178B certification real-time operating system (RTOS), providing a clear, low-risk path for technology investment when developing cutting-edge embedded displays. The combined platform is expected to reduce development costs, reduce project complexity and improve productivity for avionics designers.

"Presagis and Wind River share a common vision of providing fully integrated solutions to avionics systems integrators," said Robert Kopersiewich, Vice President of Product and Program Management, Presagis. "By testing and optimizing our software on Wind River's VxWorks DO-178B platforms, we provide customers with a pre-integrated solution with robust performance that meets development needs."

Presagis works closely with Wind River to ensure integration with its products, VAPS and VAPS XT, and the latest versions of Wind River's VxWorks 5, VxWorks 6, and VxWorks 653 operating systems platforms. Aerospace and defense customers can now have confidence in their avionics development technology investment and the ability to meet critical avionics standards while capitalizing on proven, robust solutions. Presagis expects to save developers man-months of work per program reducing the time normally spent integrating, testing, optimizing and verifying an embedded target system.

To simplify the deployment of graphics applications to the embedded system, Presagis HMI tools leverage a unique technology called the Porting Layer. The Porting Layer, which is provided by Presagis or developed by the customer, initializes timers, callbacks and the display; it also includes graphic rendering commands. Once created for a specific target platform, the Porting Layer enables developers to create multiple display scenarios to increase testing capabilities. Among many benefits, the Porting Layer allows VAPS- and VAPS XT-built HMIs to be ported to virtually any embedded target and to be optimized for VxWorks. This significantly reduces development and testing times while improving performance.

"Avionics designers traditionally have incurred significant risk when integrating HMI solution stacks for DO-178B certified environments," said Rob Hoffman, Vice President and General Manager for Aerospace and Defense at Wind River. "Wind River is committed to alleviating this burden. The Presagis design solution enables users to focus on the design and development of next-generation avionics content, and, when coupled with our proven runtime environments with COTS certification evidence, we expect our customers to significantly reduce the time needed for system testing and integration."

To see advanced graphics developed by Presagis running on the Wind River VxWorks, please visit Presagis at Avionics 2009 in Amsterdam, Holland on March 11-12, 2009 at booth C21.

About Presagis

Presagis is a world leader in commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation, and embedded display graphics software, and creator of the first unified COTS modeling and simulation software portfolio for the global aerospace and defense markets. Presagis is built on a combined legacy of innovation and service, delivering superior customer value through rapid technology advancement. The company services more than 1,000 active customers worldwide, including many of the world's most respected organizations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, BAE Systems and CAE. For more information, visit

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