Austin, Texas: Freescale has formed a working group with North American and European commercial avionics manufacturers to define their information requirements for Freescale multicore processors being used in commercial avionics applications.
The Multicore for Avionics (MCFA) working group was established to help commercial avionics companies using Freescale’s commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded multicore processors, such as the eight-core QorIQ P4080. It includes representatives from BAE Systems, BARCO, Boeing, EADS, ELBIT, GE Aviation, Hamilton Sunstrand, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Thales, and Freescale Semiconductor.
Last month 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.
MCFA working group participation and membership is open to all companies interested in certifying commercial aviation systems or subsystems.