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July 11, 2017

Ampyx Power selected Abaco/Lynx certifiable COTS solution for the autopilot

Abaco Systems announced the availability of the LynxOS®-178 2.2.4 real time operating system from Lynx Software Technologies for Abaco’s DO-254 certifiable SBC 314 3U VPX single board computer.

At Ampyx Power we strive for safety and reliability to support our business case. Developing a new technology that is also compliant to the aviation certification regulations is a time-consuming and costly process. This combination of hardware and software in the single board computer, for our autopilot with proprietary algorithms, contributes to a robust and reliable Airborne Wind Energy system.

Erik van der HeideSupply Chain Manager Ampyx Power

Ampyx Power is the first customer. Because both the SBC314 and LynxOS-178 are true COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) products, Ampyx Power can take advantage of the hardware/software combination to ease the roadmap to certification – reducing risk, time and cost.

“Achieving safety certification represents a major challenge for customers like Ampyx Power – but the availability of LynxOS-178 2.2.4 for our SBC314, together with the investment we have made in DAL A artifacts, will considerably ease their path,” said Mrinal Iyengar, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “These COTS solutions will enable them to bring their solutions to market faster and at lower cost than would otherwise be possible.”

 

“Bringing our DO-178C safety-certified RTOS together with the DO-254 certifiable COTS hardware platform from Abaco is really changing the game for avionics systems developers,” said Robert Day, Vice President, Marketing at Lynx. “This combination brings together the best of both worlds, and enables customers like Ampyx Power to bring new products to market quickly with significantly reduced risk and cost.”