Wind River updates VxWorks 653 Platform for avionics systems

January 29, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The latest version of VxWorks 653 includes support for multi-core silicon and partitioning enabling multi-supplier DO-178C certified platforms. Wind River has also announced support for the Safety Base Profile of Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard.

Wind River’s update of VxWorks 653 includes support for multi-core silicon and robust partitioning for applications that enable multilevel RTCA DO-178C certification. VxWorks 653 3.0 Multi-core Edition is an ARINC 653-compliant operating environment developed specifically to exploit the advantages of multi-core silicon architectures to provide greater flexibility, performance, and application consolidation, under strict ARINC 653 avionics software requirements. By using multi-core separations and partitioning, this consolidation platform enables customers to re-use legacy software while expanding functionality beyond what could be done with single-core silicon platforms.

This version of VxWorks 653 will also enable engineers to integrate multiple software applications at different levels of safety from multiple application software suppliers on a shared compute platform. The robust safety partitioning and virtualisation/separation capabilities of VxWorks 653—certified and validated in mission-critical avionics systems—also suit it for critical industrial and transportation solutions.

Separately, Wind River has released Wind River VxWorks 653 2.5 Platform, which supports both the ARINC 653 standard and the Safety Base Profile of the FACE Technical Standard 2.1 from the FACE Consortium. The FACE Technical Standard provides guidelines for creating a common operating environment for applications across multiple Department of Defense (US) avionics systems. VxWorks 653 Platform supports numerous open standards and allows users to choose from a variety of APIs when developing their safety-critical airborne applications.

Part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a COTS platform for delivering safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications.

Wind River and Vector Software will be hosting a webcast, titled, “FAA Regulatory Guidance for Multi-core Usage in Certified Avionics Systems,” on 3 rd March 2015. For more information and to register for the webcast, visit

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