SAFETY CRITICAL AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
CoreAVI is the world’s leading supplier of real time safety critical graphics and compute drivers, COTS Hardware IP, and embedded graphics processors with 20+ year supply to military and commercial avionics manufacturers. Our products are successfully deployed on most major commercial and military platforms. Our drivers have been certified to DO-178C/ED-12C up to and including DAL A and our products are aligned with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Technical Standards. We work directly with the FAA to review product designs and concepts to ensure that our products attain certification compliance. Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, COMAC, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pilatus, SAAB, Sikorsky and others deploy CoreAVI’s products today in their aircraft systems.
Platforms for Safety Critical Applications (PSCA)
CoreAVI has revolutionized the way Mil/Aero integrators obtain an entire safety certifiable hardware and software commercial off the shelf platform. Using CoreAVI’s Platforms for Safety Critical Applications (PSCA), integrators can source everything their system needs – from safety critical COTS Hardware IP, graphics and compute drivers, firmware, real time operating systems and even development hardware – all pre-integrated, and all from one vendor. This greatly reduces cost, risk, and time to market, eliminating the integration headaches present when components must be sourced from multiple vendors.
Our Commitment to Innovation
CoreAVI continuously invests in the development of new technologies to enable the safety certification of real time and advanced airborne graphics and GPU compute systems. For example, CoreAVI has brought to market the world’s first safety critical graphics and compute driver – VkCore SC – that is based on a Vulkan API. CoreAVI has also created COTS-D safety critical Hardware IP that lends flexibility, convenience, cost savings and reduced risk to our customers. We listen to our customers’ pain points and use those concerns to provide the fuel for our innovations, developing our technologies to meet the growing and changing needs of the avionics industry.
CoreAVI is an active member of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium, a managed consortium of The Open Group that is standardizing software solutions for avionics systems. CoreAVI’s real time and safety critical graphics and compute drivers are aligned with the latest FACE Technical Standards. CoreAVI’s FACE-aligned products have been selected and successfully deployed by industry-leading avionics and aircraft manufacturers requiring a complete FACE-compliant solution stack.
CoreAVI has completed technology integrations to ensure product interoperability across the entire FACE technology stack that enables real time and safety critical graphics/video applications. CoreAVI’s ongoing product development initiatives emphasizes the use of open standards to promote the reuse of technology investments across multiple platforms. This reduces time and costs to next generation avionics system deployments.
CoreAVI’s products are developed to industry open standards such as the Khronos Group’s OpenGL SC and Vulkan SC, as well as RTCA DO-178C, DO-254 and EASA ED-12C. We continue our commitment to advancing modular and interoperable open architectures to deliver the most advanced and cost-effective embedded graphics solutions.
The use cases for unmanned vehicles in the air, at sea and on land are expanding rapidly. From their earliest beginnings as unmanned military surveillance, UVS platforms have evolved for use in transport, logistics, agriculture, law enforcement and a host of other commercial applications. For UVSs to be used in such a wide variety of industries, they must use complex and reliable control and monitoring systems.
The base or ground station component of the UVS is as critical as the vehicle itself. The vehicle must be closely tracked, monitored and controlled from the base station. This control function relies on integrated safety critical systems operating in a real time environment. The base station must be efficient and effective while providing zero fault access to the vehicle in use.
CoreAVI provides safety critical graphics and compute software for use in UVS base stations and we are a partner in the world’s first EASA certified aerial control ground station. Our FAA DO-278A and DO-178C certifiable OpenGL or Vulkan-based libraries allow UVS base station designers to build advanced graphics and compute capabilities into their control systems while preserving reliability and safety. CoreAVI also supports hardware accelerated video decode and encode functions in select graphics processors. The use of high-speed video compression and decompression algorithms allows vehicle platforms to take advantage of advanced optical, IR and other sensor systems for flight control and to record surveillance data.
Automotive Safety Critical Display and Compute Market
The automotive market is undergoing a fundamental change in vehicle form and functionality. The integration of systems such as ADAS, automated driving, traffic awareness, sensor data fusion, and synthetic vision systems require higher levels of compute capability and complex console display functionality that can be most effectively enabled using advanced graphics processors. Automotive technology integrators and manufacturers look to CoreAVI’s platforms for safety critical applications to enable the safe use of GPUs in vehicle subsystems.
One of the important factors in the design of modern display systems is the availability and assurance of information. High reliability display systems must operate in a deterministic and real-time way to effectively communicate safety information and features. This safety design approach is standard practice in today’s avionics platforms and in many industrial and military land and sea systems. Safety critical compute and display systems rely on software and hardware designed to operate without fail under difficult environmental and application conditions.
As safety requirements converge under FAA, IEC and ISO 26262 standards, the technology to deploy a low cost but safe autonomous automotive vehicle is now a reality. CoreAVI brings years of experience in the avionics marketplace to the automotive industry by enabling ground-up designed safety critical graphics and compute drivers delivered to ISO 26262 requirements while also meeting the latest open graphics API standards.
INDUSTRIAL GRAPHICS AND COMPUTE MARKETS
Modern Display and Compute Systems
The continued advancements and mass deployments of autonomous technologies in all industrial and transportation market segments has drastically increased demands for electronics to adhere to functional safety standards. Railway transportation systems are replacing traditional mechanical and manual systems with complex electronic subsystems that require safety certification to EN 50128 and EN 50129 standards. These standards, which define the safety requirements of software for railway applications such as communication, signaling and processing for railway control and protection systems, are based on the IEC 61508 functional safety standard for electronic equipment. Similarly, the industrial, nuclear, and robotics sectors are requiring a higher level of performance in their vision systems, sensing, monitoring and control systems while maintaining IEC 61508 standards. The medical industry, which heavily relies on safe and secure software for thousands of diagnostic and therapeutic devices, must adhere to the IEC 62304 certification standard for medical devices, which is also based on IEC 61508 functional safety standards. As a result, all these industries today have a higher degree of dependency on software applications with safety critical functions.
One of the critical factors in the design of modern display and compute systems is the availability and assurance of information. Because safety information cannot be reliably communicated unless a system can be trusted to operate in a predictable manner, applications and displays that can function deterministically in real-time are integral to highly reliable systems. CoreAVI brings years of experience with safety criticality and reliability in the avionics and automotive markets to the railway, industrial, robotics, nuclear, and medical industries. Our depth and breadth of experience in various safety certification markets ensure that our products attain certification compliance, thereby reducing schedule, cost and risk for our customers.
From Safety Critical Hardware to the Complete Safety Critical Platform
Core Avionics & Industrial Inc.’s (“CoreAVI”) story begins in 2005 with the launch of a related company, Channel One, in the United Kingdom. Channel One UK was founded with the aim of bridging the life-cycle gap between avionics systems and commercial semiconductors. Channel One achieved this and played a role in assisting major aviation corporations around the world to manage and maintain end-of-life electronic components for the production of safety critical avionics systems.
Channel One US is founded and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida to better serve its rapidly growing portfolio of US customers.
CoreAVI was formed in 2011 to offer combined safety critical OpenGL graphics and video driver products with graphics processors. CoreAVI’s overlapping expertise in hardware and software allowed it to rapidly grow into a trusted supplier to avionics, military, and industrial system designers around the world. CoreAVI expanded to support many of the industry’s leading graphics hardware platforms from suppliers such as Intel, AMD, and NXP with a portfolio of RTCA DO-178C/EUROCAE ED-12C OpenGL drivers and DO-254 certification artifacts. CoreAVI’s software products are compatible with all major real-time operating systems including those from DDC-I, Wind River, Green Hills, Lynx Technologies, QNX, SYSGO, as well as many proprietary systems.
In 2017, CoreAVI expanded into the COTS hardware market, creating safety critical COTS-D (or COTS-Design) hardware IP. With COTS-D, CoreAVI introduced a unique way for customers to reduce their risk, time to market, and overall costs.
2019 – Present
In 2019, CoreAVI extended its product portfolio to include VkCore SC, a safety critical graphics and compute driver based on Khronos’ Vulkan API that supports GPU compute technologies, enabling customers to harness the full capabilities of graphics processing and advanced computing, all in one API. Along with VkCore SC, CoreAVI has released its ComputeCore safety critical compute libraries to enable accelerated computing capabilities and autonomous systems.
The breadth and depth of CoreAVI’s product line allows system designers to procure their entire safety critical platform from one vendor while achieving the correct level of performance, and the right features, for virtually any safety critical application. As a result, CoreAVI has grown to provide state of the art technology to more than 155 major aerospace and defense programs in over 25 countries around the globe. CoreAVI is also bringing its successful avionics technology to the automotive, high-speed rail, and industrial IoT markets. To serve these industries, CoreAVI has achieved ISO 26262 product compliance and our developments are based on the functional safety principles of IEC61508.
For customers requiring safety-critical systems, CoreAVI is the partner of choice.
- Recipient of Khronos standards compliance: OpenGL SC1 on VkCore SC (January 2020)
- First to release safety critical GPU compute libraries for autonomous systems (January 2020)
- First to provide DO-178C safety critical Vulkan graphics and compute driver support for AMD E9171 GPU and NXP i.MX 8 SoC (February 2019)
- Voted Chair of Khronos’ Vulkan SC working group (February 2019)
- First to engineer safety critical VkCore SC libraries based on Khronos’ Vulkan API to support both compute and graphics; endorsed by NASA. (September 2018)
- First and only GPU compute RTOS driver deployed for autonomous avionics defensive systems. (January 2018)
- Winner of Military and Aerospace Electronics 2017 Innovators Platinum Award for joint UAV ground station solution with Wind River and Presagis. (November 2017)
- First to provide Future Airborne Capability Environment (“FACE”) EGL graphics compositor; endorsed by the US Army. (October 2017)
- First to offer avionics DO-254 DAL A certifiable COTS hardware IP. (October 2017)
- First to provide newest generation safety certifiable graphics/ArgusCore SC 2 (OpenGL SC 2) with certifiable programmable GPU shaders. (April 2016)
- First to revolutionize GPU monitoring systems for safety certified cockpit display systems by displacing FPGAs with CoreAVI’s TrueCore (software-only) solution. (March 2016)
As a global leader in the field, Abaco’s open architecture products are built to will withstand the rigors or the harshest environment, and with tamper-resistant, secure boot, memory sanitization, provide maximum security against data misuse. Abaco offers product lifecycle management to mitigate the risk from components or products going end-of-life.
“Airbus Defence and Space has designed a turnkey safety certifiable graphics display system designed to enable rapid deployment and safety critical avionics certification… Utilizing CoreAVI’s suite of OpenGL graphics drivers, the display product of Airbus Defence and Space offers highly scalable power-performance configurations to address a wide range of display applications for helicopters and aircraft.”
Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications, as well as radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions. CoreAVI’s products have been selected by AITECH and are integrated with a number of AITECH graphics and video computing products, including their M595, M596, M597, and M598 modules.
“CoreAVI’s OpenGL SC 2.0 product is another example of CoreAVI deviling world class technology to those using AMD processors in the avionics and high reliability markets,” said Stephen Turnbull, director of embedded vertical segments, AMD. “CoreAVI continues to be a valuable technical partner to support our avionics customers that require graphics and video on embedded safety critical platforms.”
CoreAVI is an AMD Value Added Reseller to the military and aerospace markets. CoreAVI”s temperature screened versions of AMD Radeon TM embedded discrete GPUs are utilized worldwide by CoreAVI’s avionics customers, providing exceptional rich graphics and video functionality ideal for enabling high-performance graphics in safety critical cockpit display systems
“Fully integrated and optimized with CoreAVI’s OpenGL graphics drivers, the joint product suites are ready to be used in a wide range of security- and safety-critical systems, including RTCA DO-178C, EN50128, and IEC 61508 standards.”
Esterel Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, providing model-based development solutions for safety-critical systems and software engineers, reducing cost, risk, and certification time. Esterel and CoreAVI work together to provide joint solutions to military, aerospace, and high reliable system manufacturers, for high performance embedded graphics HMI applications.
Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs have enabled intelligent computing in more than 130 billion chips. More than 70% of the world’s population are using Arm technology, which is securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. This technology combined with our IoT software and end-to-end connectivity, device and data management platform enables customers to derive real business value from their connected devices and data. Together with our 1,000+ technology partners we are at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of compute from the chip to the cloud.
“Boeing, the world leader in aircraft technology development, is utilizing the leading edge capabilities of AMD Embedded Radeon™ graphics processing units (GPUs) and CoreAVI’s highly efficient embedded and safety critical drivers to enhance visual effects designed to increase situational awareness, safety and aircraft effectiveness. The state-of-the art AMD graphics processing technologies are supported on real time operating systems and safety critical platforms by CoreAVI with OpenGL drivers and complete DO-178C certification artifacts.“
The Boeing Company is well known for being the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems worldwide. CoreAVI proudly supplies Boeing with safety critical OpenGL, video encode and video decode drivers, enabling next generation high performance avionics cockpit display systems to enhance visual effects designed to increase situational awareness, safety and aircraft effectiveness.
“Cobham carefully evaluated the OpenGL software drivers and GPUs available on the market and we selected CoreAVI’sI extended temperature screened AMD Radeon GPU and OpenGL drivers for its power-performance scalability and proven market adoption.”
With over 10,000 employees spanning five continents, Cobham is the world’s leading supplier of critical control solutions. CoreAVI provides Cobham with its advanced graphics products and complete DO-178C certification packages that allows Cobham to deliver scalable interoperable graphics display systems to its customers worldwide that may be enhanced and supported for many years. CoreAVI’s DO-178C OpenGL driver certification package that was successfully delivered to Cobham was believed to be the first DO-178C/ED-12C completed graphics project.
“CoreAVI is Curtiss-Wright’s technology partner to enable our rugged graphics modules and single board computers with advanced real time OpenGL, video libraries, and avionics safety certification. Their first to market OpenGL SC 2.0 product family is a welcome addition to the range of CoreAVI products we already support for deployed applications, thus expanding the vastly growing number of products selected by Curtiss-Wright for deployment for real-time critical and safety certifiable applications.”
Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is a leading technology and integration partner in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for aerospace and defense applications. Curtiss-Wright works closely with customers to provide a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions, from modular open systems approaches, to fully application-specific optimized solutions. CoreAVI’s program-ready solutions have been selected by Curtiss-Wright to support their graphics display products; this includes 20 year supply programs, OpenGL drivers for RTOS, DO-178C/DO-254 certification packages, integration, and support. Some of the CoreAVI-supported rugged graphics products Curtiss-Wright offers include the popular graphics modules XMC-715, VPX3-716, VPX3-717, VPX3-718, and VPX3-719.
“Safety-critical avionics developers utilizing Deos can now take full advantage of CoreAVI’s versatile high-performance display capabilities with a “program ready” AMD RadeonTM GPU that is pre-screened for extended temperature mil-aero applications and comes with a 20+ year component supply guarantee.”
DDC-I provides complete solutions for embedded software developers worldwide. DDC-I offers real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, primarily focusing on mission- and safety-critical applications. CoreAVI’s embedded OpenGL graphics and video drivers and avionics safety certification products supports DDC-I Deos’s Real Time Operating System.
“CoreAVI, the world’s leading supplier of real time and safety critical graphics and video drivers, are partnered with Disti to deliver the very first ISO 26262 certified OpenGL driver to the automotive market. Delivery of this certified driver furnishes the final piece of a comprehensive certified software solution for automotive user interface development.”
DiSTI is a global leader in the development of User Interface software for businesses, governments and the military. The company’s flagship product, GL Studio, enables programmers and developers to build high-fidelity graphics, 3D simulations and fully interactive controls into their models, enhancing the level of realism and sophistication, while improving learning and retention. More than 500 customers worldwide, including BAE, Boeing, Dassault, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Raytheon and Thales, use DiSTI solutions to build maintenance trainers, create PC and Internet-based courseware and to develop components for safety-critical applications.
In 1987, EIZO (formerly Tech Source Inc.) was one of the first corporations to delve in world of high performance computer graphics hardware solutions for niche markets. Today, EIZO serves commercial, defence, and other rugged markets including Air Traffic Control/Management, avionics, military and embedded systems. EIZO focuses on several COTS products, as well as solutions tailored to the needs of the customer; with a product line ranging from graphics, imaging and video capture boards to H.264 encoders and high compression video recorders.
ENSCO Avionics offers mission- and safety-critical engineering, software, hardware engineering, and synthetic vision systems for the aerospace industry. ENSCO Avionics supports solutions for all stages of system life cycle from development through to certification. CoreAVI’s embedded OpenGL graphics drivers and iData HMI product have been certified together in DAL A avionics display systems. The products are integrated with the IData Tool Suite and enable IData graphics applications to run in hardware accelerated graphics environments, on real time and safety critical platforms, for commercial and military applications.
HENSOLDT is a leading global supplier of premium sensors for security and surveillance missions. Capitalising on more than a hundred years of experience in high-performance technology, we are the world market leader for missile warning systems and submarine periscopes. Moreover, HENSOLDT is well represented in the market for radar systems, optronics and electronic protection systems.
The company was formed from Airbus’ defence electronics activities, which were spun off from the Airbus Group in 2017 and have now entered the market together with the former Airbus DS Optronics as a new sensor house under the brand name of HENSOLDT. CoreAVI partners with HENSOLDT to provide the safety critical drivers and the world’s first 4K safety certifiable video output for HENSOLDT’s Centrion Mission Computer.
“Honeywell is pleased to extend our alliance with CoreAVI into the next generation of graphics accelerators. The partnership has been important in achieving unique and important features that differentiate Honeywell in the marketplace. We fully expect to continue leveraging CoreAVI products to develop and deliver next generation high-integrity, scalable, and interoperable graphics display system to our customers”
Thousands of Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft worldwide. CoreAVI and Honeywell have formed a strategic alliance to advance avionics cockpit display technologies for deployment into aerospace, and other high reliability applications. Since 2006, CoreAVI has been providing Honeywell with its suite of graphics products to enable Honeywell with the latest graphics technologies to develop next generation high-integrity, scalable, and interoperable graphics display technologies.
For over 30 years, customers have entrusted Lynx Software Technologies to solve their most challenging safety-critical software challenges. This includes real-time operating systems, secure hypervisors and software frameworks. We focus on accelerating the way customers create, certify and deploy mission-critical platforms and have partnered with CoreAVI to ensure their innovative, trusted graphics drivers run optimally on Lynx’s DO-178-certified operating system.
NXP Semiconductors enables secure connections for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial & IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 29,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $8.88 billion in 2019. Find out more at www.nxp.com.
Presagis is a global leader providing modeling, simulation, and embedded software solutions to the aerospace, defense and critical infrastructure markets. Modern cockpit designers are increasingly adopting the ARINC 661 architecture, and are starting to deploy touch and gesture as the preferred means of human interaction. Presagis’ technology, developed in conjunction with major aircraft OEMs, provides leading-edge capabilities to help you develop such products.
Presagis has been delivering first in-class cockpit graphics design tools for the last 30 years and more than 15 years delivering DO-178-certifiable solutions. We provide the tools and services necessary to bring your new products to market fast, and with reduced risk. Our latest generation of tools combine the reliability you need for mission- and safety-critical graphics development with leading-edge technology developed for modern cockpit graphics.
SYSGO specializes in operating system technology, middleware, and software services designed for the embedded and real-time market. PikeOS, SYSGO’s Safe and Secure Virtualization (SSV) product, differentiates SYSGO in the market, and operates as both a Real Time Operating System and a Hypervisor. PikeOS is built on a fast, safe, and secure microkernel, supporting co-existence of independent operating system personalities on a single platform. SYSGO offers a global distribution and support network for its primary market, including Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Railway, Medical, and Security.
Rapita Systems provides on-target software verification tools and services globally to the embedded aerospace and automotive electronics industries. The Rapita Verification Suite (RVS) includes tooling for authoring and managing tests (RapiTest), execution time analysis (RapiTime), structural coverage analysis (RapiCover) and task scheduling visualization (RapiTask). Rapita have successfully supported some of the world’s best-known aerospace and automotive companies with their verification and DO-178C/ISO 26262 certification. Rapita also provide bespoke engineering services and solutions to customers globally, including pioneering work on the verification of multicore systems (“CAST-32A Compliance”) and GPU platforms.
“CoreAVI is VeriSilicon’s trusted partner to enable our Vivante graphics IP to act in high reliability and safety critical roles… CoreAVI’s investments in the development of its safety certifiable OpenGL SC 2.0 libraries is a major milestone that further empowers the avionics and automotive electronics manufacturers with a solution that is both high performance and safety certifiable achieving the required deterministic behaviors that significantly lowers overall risk for the user. CoreAVI’s OpenGL SC 2.0 libraries represent a watershed moment in the embedded GPU industry’s history – by bringing such a high standard of safety and determinism to the embedded GPU space that before now was extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.”
VeriSilicon (VIVANTE) offers a comprehensive set of GPU IP solutions for cutting-edge applications in the mobile, consumer, automotive, embedded, real time/mission critical, and home entertainment markets. Our product portfolio includes mass market, performance leading technologies in 3D, GPGPU, 2D/CPC and vector graphics.
The combined value of CoreAVI’s safety critical video decode driver suite and proven OpenGL drivers using Wind River safe and secure VxWorks operating systems delivers a compelling offering to the market… With the availability of FAA DO-178B/C and DO-254 certification packages, CoreAVI and Wind River’s integrated solution stack reduces risk and cost, and speeds time to market for our customers.”
Wind River® is a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for addressing the system-level challenges and opportunities of IoT that is backed by world-class global professional services, award-winning customer support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the software and expertise that enable the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit www.windriver.com.
WOLF Advanced Technology designs, develops and manufactures ruggedized boards for video capture, process, encode and display. WOLF’s solutions can operate in harsh environmental conditions without sacrificing the high-speed processing power available from advanced NVIDIA and AMD GPUs. WOLF’s products include COTS, MCOTS or full custom designs, using VPX, XMC and PMC architectures. CoreAVI supports Wolf’s graphics and video modules with their real time OpenGL and video driver suites and DO-178C/DO-254 certification products.