Company: Lynx SoftWare Technologies
Category: Embedded Solution Product of the Year
Date Technology Rolled out:
June 15th 2020
LYNX MOSA.ic™ based bundles from Lynx Software Technologies for the first time bring the flexibility, scalability, and intelligence functionalities of edge computing to mission critical use cases. They are the framework for the cost effective and rapid development and integration of complex multi-core safety or security systems.
LYNX MOSA.ic enables developers to collapse development and integration cycles for creating, certifying and deploying robust, secure platforms for manned and autonomous systems. Across a range of industries, there is a desire to collapse multiple subsystems onto a single system featuring a multicore processor to reduce cost, power and footprint. The deployment of multiple applications on a single piece of hardware creates challenges for the architects of systems where response times to specific events must be in microseconds irrespective of what else is going on in the system. In contrast to a traditional RTOS platform, where all hardware control, real-time scheduling, security, multimedia, and application runtime services are integrated into a common stack, LYNX MOSA.ic allows system architects to partition systems into smaller, independent and isolated stacks which include only the dependencies needed. In addition to providing deterministic real-time behaviour, this isolation improves the systems’ ability to maintain safe operation in the event it is subject to malicious or accidental cyber-attacks or other system failures.
Built on the LynxSecure separation kernel hypervisor, LYNX MOSA.ic™ supports a variety of operating systems such as LynxOS-178, Linux, Windows, third-party RTOS and bare metal applications. The recipe of the specific Lynx, 3rd party and customer technologies that are combined vary according to the needs of the specific industry use case being addressed; For the avionics area where DO-178 certification is required, a certified RTOS compliant with this standard is included. For industrial applications, additional software packages are included that connect deployed systems via legacy wired and wireless networks to public cloud infrastructure, including Microsoft Azure, to perform artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.
Impact of the technology:
LYNX MOSA.ic is offered as tailored bundles to support specific use cases: LYNX MOSA.ic for Industrial, LYNX MOSA.ic for UAVs/Satellites, and LYNX MOSA.ic for Avionics. Tailored to handle emerging use cases, such as industrial robotics, drone aviation, and increasingly large and complex satellite constellations carrying payloads owned and accessed by multiple users, the LYNX MOSA.ic bundles provide the tools needed to deploy systems of systems efficiently and manage assets securely and safely. Each is designed to let developers of security and safety critical systems, including certifiable systems, take advantage of powerful workflows and techniques such as containers and sensor fusion, easily connect to cloud services, and to scale and adapt intelligently to changing market requirements.
Bypassing the restrictions imposed by typical embedded approaches to mission critical systems, these bundles allow developers to create flexible and intelligent Edge Computing solutions that feature robust system-safety mechanisms, state-of-the-art security, and real-time determinism with sub-microsecond latency. At the core of these software bundles, Lynx’ secure hypervisor technology has been proven in mission critical environments including commercial aviation, healthcare, and military aircraft and helicopters including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3) modernization program referenced in recent Company announcements. Shortly after the announcements of LYNX MOSA.ic in mid 2020, General Atomics announced the adoption of MOSA.ic for UAVs for their next generation of the Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. Additional customer testimonials will be forthcoming across all three target applications during 2021.
Endorsement for LYNX MOSA.ic has come from ENSCO, Xilinx, and VDC.
“Customers creating the next generation of robust and secure avionics platforms are facing spiralling cost challenges for certification,â€ said Robert Sanders, Vice President of ENSCO Avionics, Inc.
“Our partnership with Lynx to prove the interoperability of ENSCO’s IData®, the only data-driven HMI tool suite for safety critical application development, with DO178-certified OS technology and other modular software components is helping our mutual customers reverse the cost trend and shrink project design cycles.”
Willard Tu, senior director, Automotive, Xilinx said, “Our adaptable system-on-chip (SoC) platforms are being adopted across a diverse set of safety-critical applications in areas including automotive and industrial. Systems in these markets can be exceptionally complex. LYNX MOSA.ic helps reduce the cost and time investment for customers developing, certifying and deploying innovative platforms.”
Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President, VDC underlined the market need for LYNX MOSA.ic saying, “Our research indicates that the market opportunity of embedded software in safety-critical applications is expected to grow at 8% CAGR over the next 5 years, reaching $2.6B by 2023. With many suppliers focused on the security of these systems, Lynx appears to be one of the few worrying about high reliability of platforms over 10+ year product lifecycles.”