Rapita joins NXP-led MultiCore for Avionics initiative

Rapita Systems are the global leader in multicore timing analysis and have been invited to join an NXP-led initiative for MCFA (MultiCore For Avionics).

Rapita Systems, a global leader in multicore timing analysis for safety critical systems has joined the NXP® Semiconductor-led Multicore for Avionics (MCFA) working group, an initiative to satisfy critical environments in avionics. MCFA membership includes major aircraft OEMs, avionics suppliers and hardware and software module suppliers.

Multicore processors are complex and inherently less predictable than their single-core counterparts. However, there is no question that multicore architectures represent the future of avionics systems due to performance requirements and lack of availability of single core processors.

The use of multicore processors in the context of DO-178C avionics certification is addressed by the CAST-32A position paper. This paper outlines the objectives that applicants need to satisfy to ensure that the timing behavior of the system is well understood and characterized. Rapita Systems has a unique solution that addresses the objectives identified in CAST-32A using the RVS software verification tools and a team of expert multicore engineers.

Rapita and NXP both recognize that the most effective pathway to the widespread, safe use of multicore processors in the aerospace domain is through collaboration among stakeholders in the industry. Rapita Systems will support NXP in refining the certification evidence required by chip manufacturers to facilitate the satisfaction of CAST-32A objectives using the RVS tools.

NXP Semiconductors is a world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications. The company drives innovation in the secure connect vehicle, end-to-end security and privacy, and smart connected solutions markets. NXP is a pioneer in bringing multicore solutions to the aviation industry and has a rich history in helping customers navigate certification requirements

Rapita Systems provides on-target software verification tools and services globally to the embedded aerospace and automotive electronics industries. Its solutions help to increase software quality, deliver evidence to meet safety and certification objectives and reduce project costs. Its unique solution to multicore timing analysis produces execution time evidence for multicore systems.