Lynx/Vector tie-up yields dynamic testing for mission-critical OSs

April 21, 2016 //By Graham Prophet
Lynx/Vector tie-up yields dynamic testing for mission-critical OSs
Vector Software's VectorCAST Test Automation Platform now supports the latest versions of LynxOS and LynxOS-178 from Lynx Software Technologies; the integration between the LynxOS family of real-time operating systems and the VectorCAST test automation platform.

The outcome is that VectorCAST now supports the dynamic testing of mission-critical LynxOS applications, including those deployed on LynxOS-178 which is, Lynx says, the only RTOS to be awarded a Reusable Software Component (RSC) by the FAA.


Robert Day, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Lynx, said, "LynxOS-178 offers developers a significant time to market advantage for safety-critical aerospace, defence and other applications by supplying OEMs and system integrators with proven software and artefacts that have previously been certified. The partnership between Lynx and Vector Software will minimize customers' development effort and risk by providing a streamlined path for creating any further artefacts they may need. As the VectorCAST and LynxOS tool environments both support the standards-based Eclipse foundation, the integration and subsequent use is a very straightforward process."


William McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer of Vector Software added, "VectorCAST is an essential tool that supports the dynamic testing of mission-critical applications in industries such as aerospace and defense, avionics, automotive, industrial, medical and transportation. Our partnership with Lynx enables companies that are building safety critical applications on LynxOS and LynxOS-178 to easily access VectorCAST's broad spectrum of automated testing capabilities, including unit, integration, and system testing as well as code coverage analysis."


Lynx adds that, “LynxOS-178 only DO-178B and EUROCAE/ ED-12B level A certified operating system to offer the interoperability benefits of POSIX and support for both the ARINC 653-1 Application EXecutive (APEX) interface and the FACE (Future Airborne Capability Environment) security and safety profiles. LynxOS-178 has been awarded the first and only FAA-accepted Reusable Software Component (RSC) as defined by Advisory Circular 20-148. As an FAA-recognized RSC that meets the objectives of RTCA/DO-178B, LynxOS-178 may be used on more than one project without having to regenerate certification artefacts. Due to its modular architecture, LynxOS-178 is also the only COTS solution available which is able to support multiple processor architectures, including Intel and PowerPC, with a

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