Aonix brings Ada kernel certification kit to market

San Diego, 25 Oct. 2008. Officials at Aonix announced the release of a new certification kit for ObjectAda RAVEN. Built in response to requirements from existing customers, Aonix has designed the ObjectAda RAVEN certification kit to provide the evidence and tools required to assist customers for certification to DO-178B Level A as well as to other standards.

ObjectAda RAVEN enables engineers to build applications for deployment in safety-critical applications such as those found in transportation, avionics, and flight systems, and nuclear energy management where stringent standards must be followed and proof of conformance is essential to obtain certification from associated authorities, company officials say. Procuring commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) certification evidence together with ObjectAda RAVEN should yield savings, Aonix officials say.

"By providing developers with products that improve code reliability, reduce testing overhead, and shorten certification cycles, Aonix helps customers realize significant savings and furthers its reputation for facilitating the certification process," says Gary Cato, director of marketing at Aonix. "The ObjectAda RAVEN certification kit substantially reduces the engineering hours, which – given the cost of producing certification evidence – can be a critical lifeline for a project."

ObjectAda RAVEN for Windows consists of an Ada 95 compiler with the supporting tools of a build/bind tool, library tool and debugger, and is delivered with a predefined program library, which conforms to the Ravenscar profile subset of the full Ada language. The Ravenscar profile, adopted at the Eight International Real-Time Ada Workshop (IRTAW-8) in Ravenscar England, and subsequently made part of the Ada 2005 specification, accommodates certification requirements for high-integrity, safety-critical, real-time systems.

ObjectAda RAVEN allows developers to choose between the traditional Aonix IDE for development and the optional AonixADT Eclipse plug-in. AonixADT incorporates Ada-project awareness, an Ada-language sensitive editor, Ada-language compile and build capabilities, and a complete Ada debugger interface, ensuring that Ada developers enjoy state-of-the-art interface capabilities, Aonix officials say.

ObjectAda Real-Time RAVEN for Windows targeting PowerPC is immediately available. Prices range from $15,000 to $25,000 for a single seat license depending on bundling options. Quantity discounts for development licenses are available. Certification is available now with pricing based on project-specific requirements.

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