Abaco Systems high-performance graphics board designed for safety-critical systems certified to DO-254 and DO-178

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 13 April 2016. Abaco Systems is unveiling its XMCGA8 XMC high-performance graphics board for aerospace engineers designing and developing safety-critical applications certified to DO-178 and DO-254, such as for commercial passenger jets.

Abaco Systems high-performance graphics board designed for safety-critical systems certified to DO-254 and DO-178
Abaco Systems high-performance graphics board designed for safety-critical systems certified to DO-254 and DO-178

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 13 April 2016. Abaco Systems is unveiling its XMCGA8 XMC high-performance graphics board for aerospace engineers designing and developing safety-critical applications certified to DO-178 and DO-254, such as for commercial passenger jets.

The VITA 42-compliant XMCGA8 is available with the AMD/CoreAVI Radeon E8860 ‘Adelaar’ graphics processing unit (GPU), an upgrade to, able to achieve twice the graphics throughput of its predecessor, the XMCGA7.

Abaco Systems high-performance graphics board designed for safety-critical systems certified to DO-254 and DO-178Abaco Systems high-performance graphics board designed for safety-critical systems certified to DO-254 and DO-178

The CoreAVI chip set features parts that have been temperature screened and qualified, and is supported by the necessary low-level operating system graphics drivers (OpenGL) for VxWorks 6.9 and VxWorks 653 safety-critical applications from Wind River in Alameda, California. The chip set will be supported for up to 20 years. Certifiable artifacts will be available from CoreAVI that can support a DAL A system design, potentially making the development of such systems more affordable.

Windows and Linux support are also provided.

The XMCGA8’s graphics processing capability makes it ideal for demanding applications such as video stitching and sensor fusion in wide area surveillance applications, allowing the incorporation of data from multiple sensor types to build a complete picture of a large geographical area, delivering increased situational awareness and context.

As well as being capable of supporting demanding graphical applications, the XMCGA8 can also be deployed as a GPGPU (general-purpose graphics processing unit) platform for applications such as ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar, and sonar.

“Our customers are developing ever-smaller vehicles that are constrained in space and power, and that must support a mix of display resolutions and standards - and that leads to the requirement for graphics processing and video output solutions that are more compact and more flexible,” says Chris Lever, VP, product management at Abaco Systems. “The XMCGA8 fulfils their needs by offering a range of video output options while significantly increasing the performance per slot and managing power usage. It allows them to do more with less.”

The XMCGA8 can provide up to four DVI outputs at resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200 at 60Hz and up to two VESA VGA outputs at the same resolutions. It is available in a range of configurations and can be air- or conduction-cooled. A VITA 61 variant is also available.

Abaco Systems provides open-architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense, and industrial applications. Spun out of General Electric in 2015, Abaco delivers and supports open modular solutions developed to upgrade and enhance the growing data, analytics, communications and sensor processing capabilities of our target applications.


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