Military Embedded Systems

Wind River releases Helix Virtualizing Platform


February 27, 2019

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Officials at Wind River released the Helix Virtualization Platform (Helix Platform), which combines the company's commercial real-time operating system (RTOS) and embedded Linux distribution into an edge compute software platform.

The Helix Platform was developed for aerospace platforms, industrial infrastructure, and advancing autonomous driving. Helix Platform addresses a wide range of critical infrastructure development needs, from highly-dynamic environments without certification requirements, to highly-regulated static applications such as in avionics and industrial, as well as systems requiring the mixing of safety-certified applications with non-certified ones, such as in automotive.


Feature include multioperating system capabilities that enable the consolidation of mixed-criticality workloads, side by side, on a single edge compute platform. It also consolidates multiple applications into one platform allowing common edge devices to serve diverse system architecture needs, such as low latency control functions on an RTOS alongside Linux-based applications and frameworks, such as machine learning.

The offering comprises VxWorks along with its virtualization technology, integrated with Wind River Linux and Wind River Simics for system simulation. It meets the stringent safety-certification requirements of the DO-178C, IEC 61508, and ISO 26262 safety standards. Helix Platform is operating system-agnostic, providing the capability to run any unmodified guest operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, roll-your-own, and others. It also provides multicore hardware support and availability on the latest Arm, Intel, NXP, and Xilinx silicon platforms that enable both 32- and 64-bit guest operating systems.


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