Ada Core Technologies, Inc., and Wind River Systems, Inc.,
are working with Smiths Aerospace to create a software package that both complies
with strict avionics software standards and yet is also a commercial off-the-shelf
(COTS) software solution for safety and mission-critical embedded systems. Smith
Aerospace, which develops software applications and integrating systems that use
software partitioned architectures, will fund, market, and manage the project.
The company is integrating several avionics software applications, including the
Smiths Flight Management System (FMS) and the Communication Management function,
onto a single PowerPC processor for the C-130 AMP and 767 Tanker Transport programs.
The PowerPC processor will host Wind River's Tornado® for Safety Critical
Systems platform. Tornado is part of Wind River's integrated embedded
software solutions for connected devices. The platform supports the development
of a wide range of embedded and desktop systems, from aerospace avionics
applications to automotive and telecommunication devices.
Ada Core Technologies (ACT) is providing support with its GNAT Pro environment
for Ada software development. An Ada Resource Association member,
ACT is a privately held company founded in
1994 with major offices in New York City and Paris, which produces and supports
the GNAT family of open-source Ada 95 software development environments.
For more information on the new team for embedded Ada development, please see
ACT's press release.