Lockheed Martin selects LynxOS RTOS for AWACS aircraft

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - January 26, 2012

All operating system components within LynxOS are designed for absolute determinism -- hard real-time performance. This means that they absolutely must respond within a known period of time.

LynuxWorks, Inc has said that the Mission Systems and Sensors Division (MS2) of Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY, has selected the LynxOS real-time operating system (RTOS) and Luminosity Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for use in conjunction with the United Kingdom (UK) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).  

The UK’s AWACS aircraft provide an airborne early warning capability by tracking aircraft at extended ranges and it has become invaluable for airborne command and control and their ability to relay vital information to commanders on the ground. 

According to Robert Day, VP of Marketing at LynuxWorks, “In recent years, LynuxWorks software has been selected for a growing list of current and next-generation aircraft. This is one more example of LynxOS’ strength to meet demanding security and mission-critical software requirements.”

 

 

LynxOS combines hard real-time embedded technology with broad conformance to open and de facto standards like Linux, POSIX and UNIX. All operating system components within LynxOS are designed for absolute determinism -- hard real-time performance. They absolutely must respond within a known period of time and this predictable response is ensured even in the presence of heavy I/O due to the kernel’s unique threading model, enabling interrupt routines to be extremely short and fast.

LynxOS also has linear scalability, so that it stays unwaveringly deterministic even as the tasks it performs increase massively. This determinism extends to networking applications, which can stay responsive even in the face of the most complex demands.

LynxOS includes the latest version of the Luminosity IDE offering powerful development, debug and analysis tools integrated into an industry standard Eclipse-based framework for maximum interoperability. Designed to accelerate time-to-market for embedded system developers, Luminosity provides a fast and easy way to create, edit, compile, manage, debug and profile C/C++ embedded and real-time applications as well as effectively build and debug kernel downloadable images from configurable LynuxWorks operating systems.

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