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LYNX MOSA.ic chosen for Gray Eagle UAS modernization

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By Ally Winning


GA-ASI opted for LYNX MOSA.ic to meet its software-modernization targets for the GE-ER program. The objectives included safety and cost efficiency, as well as the addition of new features, increasing system robustness and securing future flexibility.

GE-ER is a multi-mission UAS that will be used for surveillance and other intelligence gathering. The air vehicle features many sensors including colour and thermographic cameras. It is piloted from a ground-control station through either a satellite data link or by line-of-sight data link. One of the earliest goals for the project was to integrate an advanced video codec implemented on the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC from Xilinx, Inc. The LYNX MOSA.ic’s modularity allowed the development team to implement a robust solution in a mixed criticality environment that included both Linux and a deterministic RTOS. LYNX MOSA.ic securely partitions networking, security, safety and multimedia domains from each other with a defined and immutable allocation of hardware resources to each. The partitioning allowed the Xilinx hardware to be integrated without compromising hardware dependencies or the performance and determinism of other time-critical processes.

Although the system doesn’t require DO-178 certification at the present time, GA-ASI also appreciated that Lynx can offer a proven DO-178 certified OS with a path to DAL-A support.

“The video codec on the Zynq UltraScale+ supports concurrent 4K 60 fps video encoding, decoding and transcoding, is extremely efficient and will extend the capabilities of GE-ER, leveraging features of LYNX MOSA.ic to ensure reliability and system safety, said John Blevins, Senior Manager, Embedded Software and Ecosystem, at Xilinx.

“Lynx is naturally excited to be entrusted to supply technology for this software modernization program,” said Pavan Singh, VP Product Management, “our focus now is on ensuring the successful execution of this program through the development and into deployment”.

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