Wind River Teams with AdaCore on Safety-Critical ARINC 653 for use in Boeing 7E7

  • Wind River and Ada Core Technologies software will be used in Boeing's new 7E7 Dreamliner, powering the Common Core System, which is the electronics and software backbone of the airplane.
  • Ada Core Technologies' development tool, GNAT Pro High Integrity Edition for AE653, will be integrated into Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653

Wind River Systems, Inc., the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), and Ada Core Technologies, the global leader in Ada 95 solutions and providers of the GNAT Pro Ada development tool suite, today announced that AdaCore's GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for AE653 has been selected as the Ada environment for the Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653, to be used in the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner Program.

The Wind River Platform with Ada Core Technologies' technology will be used on the 7E7's Common Core System, provided by Smiths Aerospace, which is the backbone of the airplane's computers, networks and interfacing electronics. The 7E7 Common Core System comprises approximately 80 to 100 applications running simultaneously which will control many of the airplane's avionics and utilities functions.

Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is part of Wind River's Safe and Secure Program, which provides fully integrated device software platforms to meet the FAA's stringent safety certifications. Ada Core Technologies' GNAT Pro High Integrity for AE653 was developed specifically for Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653. Based on the Ada programming language, Ada Core Technologies' development tools have been used extensively in recent years for safety-critical avionics applications because of its high levels of portability. With Ada Core Technologies' GNAT Pro High Integrity now built into Wind River's Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653, Boeing and its other 7E7 suppliers will be able to leverage their existing software investments and easily adapt them to be used in the new Common Core System architecture.

"The partnership between Ada Core Technologies and Wind River will allow Boeing to take full advantage of the Ada technology, which has been so successful in making the 777 one of the safest and most effective commercial airliners. Both Wind River and Ada Core Technologies bring more than a decade of experience to the table and are in an ideal position to help ensure the success of the new Dreamliner," said Robert Dewar, President of Ada Core Technologies.

Designed to be the most advanced and efficient commercial airplane in its class and predicted to dramatically alter the future of avionics, the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner will set new standards for environmental responsibility and passenger comfort. Developed to seat 200- to 250-passengers, the 7E7 will fly between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles at the same speeds as today's fastest twin-aisle commercial airplanes - the 777 and 747. Boeing began offering the new 7E7 to customers in early 2004 and is projecting that it will sell up to 3,500 7E7s over the next 20 years.

"Smiths Aerospace is pleased to be working together with Wind River and Ada Core Technologies for the new Dreamliner program. The strengths that these partners bring to this program will help to guarantee its success and we expect the Dreamliner to carry into the skies the most advanced avionics system ever seen," said Mike Grady, vice president, Civil and Military Air Transport of Smiths Aerospace.

"Wind River and Ada Core Technologies have partnered together many times to provide our customers with the tools and extremely reliable software they need," said Steve Blackman, senior director, business development, aerospace and defense, Wind River. "The Boeing 7E7 stands to be one of the most exciting aerospace programs Wind River has ever undertaken, and with our trusted partner Ada Core Technologies at our side, we're confident that it will be a success."

About GNAT Pro High Integrity Edition for AE653

GNAT Pro High Integrity for AE653 targets the Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653. It provides sophisticated Ada development tools for the various partition kinds and operating modes available on AE653, and includes a full Ada binding to the ARINC653 Application Executive (APEX) implemented by AE653. The product features a configurable Ada run-time library capability, and specific run-time library profiles for common classes of safety-critical applications. These capabilities reduce the cost of safety-certification by customizing the Ada run-time support library to the application. Certification materials to DO-178B Level A will be available Q3 2004. For additional information about GNAT Pro High Integrity Edition for AE653 please email

About Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653

Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is based on VxWorks AE653, a fully ARINC653 Supplement 1 compliant operating system that includes time and space based protection domains integrated with Wind River's leading device software development tools and partner solutions including Ada, test and verification tools, and market specific hardware board support packages. Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 enables application of different safety levels to share computing resources and is specifically designed to support applications such as integrated modular avionics. It is currently being used in developments such as the C130 Avionics Modernization Program. For additional information about the Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653, please visit

About Ada Core Technologies

Ada Core Technologies, a privately held company founded in 1994 with major offices in New York City and Paris, produces and supports the GNAT Pro family of open-source Ada 95 software development environments. Based on the GNU GCC technology, GNAT is available on more platforms than any other Ada compiler and is the only implementation of the complete Ada 95 language.

GNAT Pro, which is widely acclaimed for its robustness, performance, and support, has been ported to more platforms than any other Ada development environment. Customers worldwide are using GNAT Pro to produce high-reliability systems across a wide range of applications including aerospace, defense, energy, transportation,media, banking, and communications To learn more, visit us at , send email to .

About Wind River

Wind River is the market leader in device software optimization. Wind River enables companies to develop and run software faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms tightly integrate a rich set of market-leading operating systems, development tools and middleware with services to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Companies from around the world turn to Wind River to create the most reliable products and to accelerate their time to market.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

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