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Freescale Collaborates with Avionics Manufacturers to Facilitate Their Certification of Systems Using Multicore Processors

Dépèche transmise le 14 septembre 2011 par Business Wire

Freescale Collaborates with Avionics Manufacturers to Facilitate Their Certification of Systems Using Multicore Processors

Freescale Collaborates with Avionics Manufacturers to Facilitate Their Certification of Systems Using Multicore Processors

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has formed a working group with top North American and European commercial avionics manufacturers to define their information requirements for advanced Freescale multicore processors being used in commercial avionics applications.

“Highly advanced multicore processors based on Power Architecture® technology are ideally suited to meet the demanding requirements of commercial avionics applications”

The Multicore for Avionics (MCFA) working group was established to help commercial avionics companies fully leverage the performance, power and size advantages of Freescale’s sophisticated commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded multicore processors, such as the eight-core QorIQ P4080 device.

The MCFA working group includes representatives from BAE Systems, BARCO, Boeing, EADS, ELBIT, GE Aviation, Hamilton Sunstrand, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Thales and Freescale Semiconductor.

“Highly advanced multicore processors based on Power Architecture® technology are ideally suited to meet the demanding requirements of commercial avionics applications,” said Glenn Beck, avionics marketing manager for Freescale’s Networking Processor Division. “As a long-time provider of reliable, high-performance processors to the commercial avionics market, Freescale is pleased to play a leading role in helping top avionics companies realize the benefits of the latest advanced semiconductor designs.”

This week the DO-254 Users Group heard an MCFA proposal for addressing the unique advantages and challenges sophisticated multicore technology presents for avionics certification processes. The proposal is the result of an assessment by the MCFA working group and includes recommendations for a common, consistent certification methodology.

“Future avionics systems will benefit from the integration provided by multicore SoCs as the industry strives to provide safer, lighter and feature-rich commercial aircraft,” said Greg Arundale of Rockwell Collins. “The work that has come from the MCFA working group provides a crucial step toward allowing us to take advantage of next-generation processors provided by the electronics component industry.”

“The members of the MCFA working group have come together to deal with this challenge,” said Dr. Fred Fisher of the Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute (AVSI). “Their proposal provides the direction needed for the certification of systems with complex SoC microprocessors.”

MCFA working group participation and membership is open to all companies interested in certifying commercial aviation systems or subsystems. Please contact your local Freescale sales office for more information.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com

Freescale, the Freescale logo and QorIQ are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. The Power Architecture and Power.org word marks and the Power and Power.org logos and related marks are trademarks and service marks licensed by Power.org. © 2011 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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