Last week I was able to spend several days at the Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) and consortium meetings. For those who are not familiar with either the Open Group or FACE™, the Open Group is a global consortium of hundreds of tool vendors, systems integrators, academics, researchers, and consultants aimed at developing open, vendor-neutral technology standards and certifications for various industries, including Defense & Aerospace.
About the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™)
The FACE™ standard defines the software environment and interFACEs for building portable components for US military avionics systems. The FACE™ Consortium is composed of industry and government member organizations, their representatives, and advisers, creating an acquisition-neutral setting where industry can work together with government customers to produce open standards and to influence procurement and policy. The consortium includes the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as industry partners—such as LYNX—all working towards a set of common goals.
As mentioned in my article “What are the benefits of POSIX® for Embedded Systems Development?”, LYNX believes in open standards and their benefits—both to us and to our customers. With that in mind, LYNX has been a member of the FACE™ consortium since 2010, helping both to guide and to actively contribute to the standard. Some of the goals of FACE™ are to:
- Standardize approaches for using open standards within avionics systems
- Lower implementation costs
- Promote standards that support a robust architecture and enable quality software development
- Use standard interfaces that will lead to reuse of capabilities
- Promote portability of applications across systems and vendors
- Foster innovation and competition within the avionics industry
The TIM itself is like a mini-trade-show for the US mil-aero industry. Companies building FACE™-aligned products have booths and give demos to the US military branches and other organizations building aircraft components and systems.
Lynx Demos at the FACE™ TIM
This year, LYNX showed two demos at the TIM; one with GE Aviation and the other with ENSCO. The demo with GE Aviation showed Lynx MOSA.ic™ running multiple guest OSes—including a LynxOS-178® guest—and exchanging data packets with GE Aviations’ FLAMES environment. GE Aviation drove an Avalex display showing graphical map output as well as touch screen and push-button input. The ENSCO demo showed LynxOS-178® running on a Curtiss-Wright PowerPC system using a Core AVI graphics driver and running ENSCO’s IData tool suite showing an interactive cockpit display.
It was good to see the FACE™ standard continue to evolve and gain traction at this year’s TIM and consortium meetings. These meetings are a chance for industry partners like LYNX to meet with people and work on open standards for the US military and avionics industry. It’s quite exciting to talk with people about their future projects and how we can help them. LYNX is looking forward to its continued involvement in the bright and promising future of FACE™.
If you’re working on a US military avionics project and want to learn more about how you can use Lynx MOSA.ic™ and/or LynxOS-178® to obtain FACE™ conformance, please send us any questions you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click the "Get Started" button below to tell us about your project. We would be happy to talk to you and we respond to these inquiries within 1-2 business days.