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Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform Meets Latest FACE Technical Standard

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Wind River, a company delivering software for critical infrastructure, recently announced that its Helix Virtualization Platform has achieved conformance to the latest Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard, Edition 3.0. This certification sets up Helix Platform as an Operating System Segment that supports the Safety Base and Security Profile, the company said.

“A member of The Open Group FACE Consortium since its inception and first to achieve conformance to the FACE Technical Standard OSS Safety Base Profile in 2017, this achievement further demonstrates Wind River’s ongoing work promoting innovation and rapid integration of portable capabilities across global defense programs,” said Ray Petty, VP, Aerospace and Defense, Wind River. “With nearly four decades of experience helping companies build safe, secure, and reliable computing systems, Wind River is committed to enhancing and bringing new capabilities to our portfolio for mission-critical commercial aircraft and military operations.”

Based on the VxWorks 653 technology foundation, which is also FACE conformant, Helix Platform is an adaptive software development environment for aerospace systems that is designed to enable support for multiple applications, including: robust partitioning, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), and RTCA DO-297 Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) considerations to reduce safety certification costs and accelerate time to deployment.

Software conformant with the FACE Technical Standard can be used by suppliers and integrators of avionics systems across different global defense programs and aircraft, said Wind River. With FACE conformance, Helix Platform can help manufacturers and military services lower procurement costs and avoid and prevent supplier lock-in.

“I am very pleased to congratulate Wind River on achieving FACE Conformance for their Helix Platform”, said Judy Cerenzia, Director, Forum Operations, The Open Group. “This latest addition further populates the FACE Registry with the best-in-class solutions for our global warfighters and next-generation military platforms.”


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

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