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White Paper: Safety Certifiable Computing for Tomorrow's Avionics

June 11, 2021 Shaza Khan

7 minute read (1832 words)

Multi-modern sensors and AI need powerful flight-ready computing, but creating safe multi-core processing systems is difficult to achieve. Mercury assesses Design Assurance Level (DAL) certifiable Intel multi-core processing for AI-enabled commercial and defense aircraft and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in this white paper

Read the whitepaper to learn:

  • Trends impacting certifiable processing
  • Evaluation of ARM and Intel Processor for safety-certifiable computing 
  • Intel processor benchmarks and interference paths 
  • Fielding technology 7x faster with converged architecture 
  • Certifiable AI, Urban Air Mobility growth market trends

Whitepaper Excerpt:

Next-generation autonomous aircraft face many challenges. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) platforms are converging multiple workloads on centralized computing to save power, weight and cost. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications enabling autonomous aircraft demand vastly increased processing performance but must also be certified safe.

The longtime common choice for safety-certifiable processing, PowerPC® architecture, has reached the end of its product life cycle and system architects need to find new long-term processing solutions. Facing these rapidly emerging challenges, Mercury Systems initiated a study to examine safety-critical application needs and evaluate the suitability of ARM and Intel processors for next-generation platforms.


and Intel processors for next-generation platforms.
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