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Express Logic Announces Safety-Critical Certification Pack™ for ThreadX® RTOS for IEC-61508, EUROCAE ED-12B, and Related European Safety Standards

Turnkey solution saves time and expense in meeting safety-critical
regulatory requirements for industrial, medical, and aerospace software

Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany(March 02, 2010)

Embedded World: Hall 11, Stand 124

Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced the immediate availability of market-specific, turnkey, Safety-Critical Certification Pack™ products for its popular ThreadX® RTOS. ThreadX has proven itself in over 750 million electronic devices, many of which are required to meet stringent industrial, medical, transportation, rail, automotive and aerospace safety and reliability standards. To date, ThreadX customers have performed the required certification tests and validations themselves. By introducing a turnkey Safety-Critical Certification Pack for ThreadX, Express Logic can now help embedded device manufacturers eliminate developer months of verification and validation effort in complying with rigorous reliability and safety-critical standards.

For European customers, Express Logic’s Safety-Critical Certification Pack supports such standards as IEC-61508 for Industrial Equipment, IEC-62304 for Medical Devices, EUROCAE ED-12B for Aerospace, and the newly globalized rail standard IEC-62279 (formerly known as BS/EN-50128). With ThreadX and the appropriate Safety-Critical Certification Pack for their application, manufacturers can mitigate their development risk by using a proven, readily-certifiable RTOS for a fraction of the cost of alternate solutions.

Affect on Time to Market

In its "Embedded Market Survey" (2009), TechInsights reported that 57% of all software projects do not hit their targeted release date with the average project running 4.4 months late. Since market windows do not move, there are few solutions to this problem: companies can allocate more resources to the project or start the project sooner. Unfortunately, both of these options can have a negative affect on other projects and research.

Today, the ability to deliver a quality product before a competitor frequently determines ultimate market share and profitability. To keep projects on schedule, it’s beneficial to consider reducing project scope, while still achieving the same goals. By using a reliable, field-proven COTS RTOS such as ThreadX, along with a Safety-Critical Certification Pack, developers can eliminate many developer years from their project schedule and increase the likelihood of successful, on-time completion. The ThreadX Safety-Critical Certification Pack addresses the requirements of many safety certification standards, and is a 100% turnkey solution for certification of the RTOS used in a safety-critical system.

ThreadX Safety-Critical Certification Pack

The ThreadX Safety-Critical Certification Pack is a turnkey solution for meeting the RTOS-related aspects of standards for safety-critical systems. The ThreadX Safety-Critical Certification Pack includes all source code, documentation, coverage analysis, validation artifacts, and summary report for submission to the governing agency as part of the overall system certification. Each Pack is pre-tailored for the specific standard addressed (e.g., IEC 61508), the Operating System used (i.e., ThreadX), and the Target Environment (i.e., processor, board, development tools, etc.), leaving nothing for the customer to do, but submit the evidence to the certifying authority.

A typical ThreadX Safety-Critical Certification Pack contains the following:

  • Software Safety Requirements
  • Software Safety Validation Plan
  • Development Plan
  • Configuration Management Plan
  • Quality Assurance Plan
  • Verification/Test Plan
  • Coding Standards
  • Requirements Standards
  • Design Standards
  • Requirements Specification
  • Design Description
  • Unit Test Procedure
  • Unit Test Plans
  • Unit Test Reports
  • Integration Test Procedure
  • Integration Test Plan
  • Integration Test Report
  • Trace Matrices
  • Configuration Index
  • Software Accomplishments Summary
  • Safety Manual

European and International safety standards covered by various ThreadX Safety-Critical Certification Packs:

  • Avionics:
    • EUROCAE ED-12B A/B/C/D
    • EUROCAE ED109 Level AL1 – AL5 (Coming Soon) ·
  • Industrial:
    • IEC-61508 SIL 3/2/1
  • Medical:
    • IEC-62304 Class A, B, C
  • Transportation and Rail:
    • IEC-61508 SIL 3/2/1
    • CENELEC EN50128/BS50128 SIL 4/3/2/1
    • IEC-62279

ThreadX is a small-footprint, highly-optimized, preemptive scheduling RTOS, used in demanding applications in consumer electronics, industrial automation, medical devices, and aerospace equipment. ThreadX simplifies management of real-time systems with an easy-to-use API, full source code, and extensive documentation. ThreadX is licensed royalty-free with full commercial support.

Shipping and Availability

ThreadX Safety Critical Certification Packs are available for a wide range of customer target environments and development tools, and for a wide range of European and International regulatory standards, at license prices starting at $25,000.

About Express Logic and ThreadX

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX® RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX® embedded FAT compatible file system, the new GUIX™ GUI development toolkit, and the USBX™ Host/Device USB protocol stack. All products from Express Logic include full source-code and have no run-time royalties. For more information about Express Logic solutions, please visit our web site at http://www.rtos.com, call 1-888-THREADX, or email inquiries to sales@expresslogic.com.

For More Information Contact:

Michael May
VP of Marketing
Express Logic, Inc.
Tel: (858) 613-6640 ext.207
Email: mmay@expresslogic.com

Janice Hughes
Media Relations
Hughes Communications, Inc.
janice@hughescom.net
(705) 751-9740
Cell: (705) 774-8686