Xilinx Drives Development of DO-254 and ED-80 Avionics Systems

Xilinx is mobilizing a global ecosystem of technology and service providers, industry-proven tool flows, and design expertise to aid the development of avionics systems certified to U.S. RTCA/DO-254 and its European equivalent EUROCAE/ED-80 standards. The efforts build on the existing DO-254-capable Xilinx Virtex and Spartan silicon platforms to ensure that avionics developers continue to benefit from the flexibility, performance, and reliability of current programmable technologies and Xilinx’s next-generation products.

Xilinx’s global ecosystem of DO-254 providers currently consists of Aldec, LynuxWorks, Mentor Graphics, and Patmos Engineering Services. In addition, Xilinx and more than 15 other companies participated in the first North America Chapter meeting of the U.S. DO-254 User Group hosted by Xilinx at its San Jose, Calif. headquarters on January 14 and 15, 2009.

DO-254 is a standard for developing complex electronic hardware in airborne systems, including programmable logic devices (PLDs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and is required by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in new commercial aircraft systems.

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