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There have been various standards/guidelines utilized as a part of the development of software for different purposes. They have advanced over some stretch of time as with the development of the software industry. Distinctive enterprises require diverse standards/guidelines in light of its need. Despite the fact that these standards/guidelines have some similitude, they additionally have run of the mill uniqueness that recognizes them from others.

DO-178B/C Firmware/Software Development

DO-178B/C is used to assure the safety of avionics software. These standards provide guidance in the areas of SW development, configuration management, verification and the interface to approval authorities (e.g., FAA, EASA). We have executed a wide range of projects and enabled devices across various operating systems.

 

Typical Development Road Plan

 

  • Idea Surfaces
  • Initial Contact with Approval Authorities
  • Plans to Certification Authority
  • Requirements Definitions
  • Preliminary design, Follow-up with Detail Design
  • Implementation, Integration, Installation & Test
  • Operational Flight tests
  • Software Hardware System Approvals
  • Handover with Appropriate Training and Content Development.

Avionics Safety levels Assured per DO-178 B/C Standard

 

  • Anti-missile defense
  • Data mining
  • Health monitoring
  • Mission planning and implementation
  • Mission simulation and training
  • Network-centric operation
  • Real-time data recording and analysis
  • Self-healing communication networks
  • Telemetry
  • Weapons targeting
  • Fly-by-wire controls
  • Auto-pilot
  • Air-traffic Separation Control
  • Glass Cockpit Information Display
  • Radar
  • Jet Engine Control
  • IFF (friend or foe)
  • Missile guidance, Missile launch, Missile self-destruct

DO-254 ASIC/FPGA/Board Design

The purpose of DO-254, recognized in 2005 by the FAA, is to ensure safety in airborne electronic systems.

 

As the standard means of compliance for ASIC, FPGA and PLDs used in such systems DO-254 is composed of five levels of stringency, levels A to E, that are based on the effect of the failure of the hardware upon an aircraft. Meeting Level A compliance requires a much higher level of validation and verification than would Level E compliance.

 

DO-254 provides the necessary process guidelines to ensure the design’s requirements are met, and ensure the highest quality in all safety critical designs destined for use in aircraft.

 

Faststream technologies have a strong design-to-deployment capability for FPGA/ASIC and Signal processing based designs to complement its core strength of designing complete avionics subsystems. Our expertise lies in building and deploying customized FPGA and Signal Processing designs and IP Cores that integrate custom software and hardware engineering.

 

Further improvements have played pivotal role in advancing FPGAs which based on design feature high-speed serial interfaces like Serial RapidIO (SRIO), PCI Express (PCIe), InfiniBand, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GigE etc, thereby gaining wider acceptance and use in emerging aerospace applications.

 

Current generation FPGAs also come as 3 dimensional silicon using stacked silicon Interconnect, leading to high density and high performance FPGAs

 

The FPGA/ASIC and Signal Processing Design services from Faststream include;

 

 

  • Ready to Market with end-to-end solutions for logic designs
  • Custom FPGA logic design for aerospace/defense applications
  • Complex multi-million gate FPGA designs
  • Custom IP development
  • Multiple Vendor and Library support for FPGAs / SoCs
  • Low Power FPGA based designs
  • DRC/DFT/DFM
  • Signal Integrity, Thermal Analysis Management
  • RTL coding in VHDL and Verilog and High level Synthesis
  • DSP Algorithms on an FPGA/SOC’s, High Speed Interfaces
  • Verification and Validation compliant to DO-254 standards

Product Sustenance & Maintenance

Our product team focuses on cost reduction, optimizing the resources and thereby decreasing the ownership costs. The product sustenance and maintenance services include: repairs and upgrades, inventory management and obsolescence management.

 

 Product Maintenance

 

  • Continued repair capability for a product
  • Bug Fixes and Patch Development
  • Hardware Fixes
  • Regression Testing

 

Inventory Management

 

  • Component selection
  • BOM health analysis
  • Traceability
  • Appropriate component replacement
  • Component changes/additions

 

Obsolescence Management

 

  • Detailed reports on component obsolescence
  • Hardware re-design
  • Re-engineering for obsolescence and cost reduction

Manufacturing Support with designs for test rigs, test beds, production test

With high reliability and 90% of our business area and expertise woven around DAL-A systems, our valued patrons can leverage on us on key parameters such as quality, delivery, total-cost-of-ownership, schedule, value addition, and customer service. We can help aviation and defense production with:

 

  •  Firmware updates
  • Test-jig development and manufacturing software development
  • Component procurement
  • System integration
  • Software upgrades and system enhancement
  • Verification and Validation
  • System deployment
  • HW Qualification & ESS (Environmental Stress Screening)
  • Maintenance support

 

Some of the key benefits that aerospace & defense production and defense offset include:

 

  • Cost-effective end-to-end solutions
  • Design and Engineering Support in various disciplines like RF, Digital, Analog, DO certified hardware and Software
  • Well-defined QA process
  • Reliability testing and Qualification
  • Well maintained Infrastructure with 24X7 Desk Support