The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR, in its role as industrial use partner, develops a demonstrator for the avionics domain. This demonstrator will be a simplified implementation of an aircraft Environment Control System (ECS). NLR will use the CHARTER tools to develop the avionics subsystems of the ECS and evaluate the toolchain for use in the avionics domain. For the system software of the subsystems, NLR has selected Wind Rivers operating system VxWorks 653. VxWorks 653 conforms to or complies with standards that are relevant to the aviation community, i.e., ARINC Specification 653 (Part 1) and EUROCAE ED-12B (RTCA DO-178B). In the past NLR has applied the VxWorks operating system successfully in several projects (both research and commercial).
Wind River has made VxWorks 653 available to the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR for its contribution to the CHARTER project, because Wind River supports innovative software developments in the area of real-time embedded systems development and it is a good opportunity to demonstrate the applicability of the VxWorks operating system in future development environments.
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981. For more information about Wind River and VxWorks, please check out Wind Rivers web-site at http://www.windriver.com/.