Fast-Boot SBC Secures Mission-Critical Avionics Systems

Sept. 12, 2017
A modular safety certifiable SBC has been designed with extremely fast boot time for mission-critical avionics applications.

With a blazing boot time of less than 1 s, the MFCC-8558 BuiltSAFE single board computer (SBC) module from Mercury Systems provides the performance and durability needed for mission-critical avionics applications. The boot time includes the real-time operating system (RTOS) and the graphics driver, yielding a speed increase 30 times faster than the previous generation SBC module. The conduction-cooled SBC can be delivered with all documentation, certification evidence, and supporting artifacts required to prove compliance for avionics certification to DO-178C/DO-254.

The switched mezzanine card (XMC) SBC is designed for safety as well as for performance. “Mercury is committed to making significant advances to the state of avionics,” noted Greg Tiedemann, director of product management for Mercury Mission Systems. “By dramatically reducing boot time of safety critical flight systems, we enable our customers to meet stricter operations requirements.”

The SBC is designed for seamless integration with other modules that have XMC 2.0 mezzanine sites. The modular format simplifies the design of subsystems, allowing functions such as input/output (I/O) processing and video and graphics signal processing to be added in the form of similar compatible modules. The SBC is based on the NXP QorIQ T2080 quad-core central processing unit (CPU) and can be supplied as air- or conduction-cooled versions.

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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