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September 08, 2008

Rockwell Collins Selects LynxOS-178 for Avionics System

Rockwell Collins has selected LynuxWorks' LynxOS-178 as the real-time operating system (RTOS) for the company's next-generation Pro Line Fusion avionics system. As a next-generation avionics system, Pro Line Fusion is ideal for an RTOS such as LynxOS-178, which helped speed the product's development and certification process.
 
Rockwell Collins has opted for LynxOS-178, a hard real-time RTCA/DO-178B level A operating system, to offer the interoperability benefits of POSIX with support for the ARINC 653 APplication EXecutive (APEX). LynxOS-178 is the only RTOS to be awarded a Reusable Software Component (RSC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In addition, it has LynxOS, a mature UNIX-style operating system that was designed from the ground up for hard real-time determinism at its core.
   
Pro Line Fusion is a scalable avionics system that offers an empowering user interface, extensive situational awareness via synthetic enhanced vision, MultiScan weather radar, head-up and head-down display synergy, and the largest high resolution displays. In addition, Pro Line Fusion offers advanced information management that includes superior maintenance systems, automated database management and wireless connectivity.
 
Rockwell Collins develops and deploys innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. The company, which has 20,000 employees and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries, has expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training.
 
"Our mission is to make our RTOS the industry's foremost enabler of developer innovation, so it's gratifying to know LynxOS-178 was instrumental in helping Rockwell Collins quickly develop and deliver its next-generation flight displays," said Joe Wlad, director of certification, services and marketing at LynuxWorks. "Rockwell Collins' history of pushing the envelope in avionics technology, coupled with the unmatched performance and capabilities that make LynxOS-178 the best RTOS to enable that kind of innovation, makes us ideal partners."
 
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Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Niladri’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart
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