Military Embedded Systems

Engineers demo all segments of FACE aligned cockpit display at Army Aviation meeting


February 03, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. At the Army Aviation FACE Technical Interchange meeting in Huntsville, Alabama, engineers from different companies joined forces to demonstrate all segments of the FACE aligned cockpit display application.

The integrated application included: ENSCO Avionics’ IData Tool Suite with IDataMap; Core Avionics & Industrial Inc.’s safety critical OpenGL Driver; Lynx Software Technologies’ LynxOS-178 real-time operating system; and Curtiss-Wright Defense Solution’s VPX3-131 3U VPX single board computer and XMC-715 high performance graphics controller.

Two user applications will be contained in the Portable Component Segment that will represent interchangeable software components from different suppliers. These applications when linked into the FACE architecture will communicate with the IData RunTime in the Graphics services section of the Platform Specific Services segment via the Transport Services Segment.

The IData RunTime Library application will also be receiving data through the UDP from the TCPIP stack from the LynxOS-178 RTOS. This data will be supplied by another application running external to the FACE stack and supplying air data. Finally, the cockpit display will be rendered through the I/O services segment by way of a Core Avionics safety critical OpenGL driver. All of the FACE stack will be running on Curtiss-Wright hardware, including their SBC and Graphic subsystem.

The demonstration at the Army Aviation FACE Technical Interchange meeting will have a cockpit display that includes a Primary Flight Display (PFD) and digital moving map. It will also show segmented interchangeable sub-frames in the display architecture.

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