LynuxWorks to Incorporate Rockwell Collins VMOS Into a New LynxOS for Safety-Critical Systems

LynuxWorks has announced that it will incorporate Rockwell Collins' Virtual Machine Operating System (VMOS) technology into a new version of its LynxOS real-time operating system.

The new kernel, derived from LynuxWorks' LynxOS and known as Rockwell Collins' VMOS, is a virtual machine operating system enhanced for use in military, business/regional aviation and air transport. It offers key features required to help developers quickly design and bring to market safety critical applications including hard partitioning of resources in time and space, POSIX interfaces, and the first DO-178B certifiable COTS TCP/IP stack. The complete package will include the LynxOS certifiable kernel, development tools, a certifiable TCP/IP stack, customer support and an artifacts package. The LynxOS certifiable product will save developers years of labor and cost usually devoted to system certification. Other customer benefits include a known certification package at a known cost; feature rich, open standards-based interfaces for applications development; and, a certifiable COTS OS and TCP/IP stack. Developed by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA), the DO-178B standard is a set of guidelines for the production of software for airborne systems. Adoption of the DO-178B standard is a method of component approval in many critical aerospace, defense and other environments, including military, nuclear, medical, and communications applications. LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies.