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Safety Certifiable Computing for Tomorrow's Avionics

June 11, 2021

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 whitepaper

Whitepaper Intro

Europe has long required safety certification for most of its defense platforms and now many U.S.-based defense platforms are following suit. As the demand for safety increases globally, so does the complexity and performance requirements of the computing systems powering these critical applications.

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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