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DO254 User Group

We are a group of industry players in the field of Airborne electronics and Electronic Design Automation:

  • Aerospace companies,
  • Certification Experts and Trainers,
  • Tool vendors,
  • Component Manufacturers,
  • Subcontractors...
  • DO254 User Group

    We decided to work together in order to save time for understanding and management of DO-254 projects.

    We want to improve the applicants knowledge level and support the challenges of both EASA / FAA certification. DO-254 introduced a lot of confusion and uncertainty from customers related to consistency of applying DO-254 across the board. We saw a culture change and want to facilitate and understand the value and share lessons learned.

    We know that what’s required between programs can be radically different. We understand that every Project, every DER, every audit has a different story!

    The initiative is animated by Assystem Technologies for Europe, and is animated by Patmos (FAA DER) for US.

    In this group we discuss best (or good) practices among other things : certification issues, feedbacks and crossed experiences, discussions between stakeholders (see below), DO-254 oriented tool improvements, additional packages for COTS and IPs, clarification requests sent to the Certification Authorities (CAST),...

    Equivalent User Groups will be launched in 2011 for DO178C (Software), ARP4754A (Aircraft & Complex Systems) and other updated standards, in the framework of the Certification Together initiative.

    Who can join ?

    Additional companies can join if :

  • They are users on projects (aircraft or engine manufacturers, system or equipment suppliers)
  • They have experience of DAL A/B projects
  • They have experience of audits in several contexts (EASA, FAA, TCCA,...)
  • The representative proposed has the proper technical skills and availability for the topics we discuss,
  • They can host about 1 meeting every 2 years on their site.
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    Industry

    Aerospace companies joined efforts to quickly climb the learning curve together, share experiences, propose to Certification Authorities a common approach on technical topics, and express a common need towards other industry players : tool vendors, experts, component manufacturers..

    • Airbus / Aircraft Manufacturer
    • Airbus / Internal equipment supplier
    • Airbus Defense & Space
    • Airbus Helicopters
    • MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    • SAAB
    • Oxytronic
    • Thales (several Units)
    • Rockwell-Collins
    • Safran Electrical & Power
    • Safran Electronics & Defense
    • Hensoldt
    • GE Aviation UK
    • Rolls-Royce
    • Elbit Systems
    • Honeywell
    • Assystem Technologies

    Airbus

    Airbus

    SAAB

     

    MTU Aero Engines GmbH

    Logo Oxytronic

    Thales

     

    Rockwell-Collins

    GE Aviation UK

    Elbit Systems

    Rolls-Royce

     

    Experts & Trainers

    Experts bring their experience of the Certification context, from the aircraft level to the PLD levels, and animate exchanges inside the group for mutual benefits.

  • Embedded Electronics: Development of FPGA, System On Chip, digital / analog electronic boards, power electronics and RF (up to 40 GHZ).
  • Embedded Software: Driver Development, BSP, Boot Loader, Firmware, Application Software, Real Time Operating System.
  • Expertise in functional safety, packaging of electronic cards, environmental qualification and support for type certifications DO-178, DO-254 and ECSS-Q60.
  • Aeroconseil an AKKA Technologies Group subsidiary, has 26 years of experience in Design and V&V of aircraft systems, for the benefit of Airbus' Design Office in France and Europe. Aeroconseil has experts involved in ARP4754 (aircraft and complex systems), ARP4761 (safety), DO178B (Software), DO254 (Hardware) and DO160 (Environment) aspects of certification, and also has DOA/POA (Part 21 J and G) approvals. This combination of Technical and Certification oriented expertise ensures a practical approach and makes Aeroconseil a unique partner selected by all the major Aerospace companies and their subcontractors. Aeroconseil chairs the Certification Together initiative, and the European DO254 User Group.

    Assystem Technologies specialises in product engineering and post-development services for industrial clients operating in the aerospace, defence, automotive, transportation and manufacturing sectors. With over 9,000 employees located in around 15 countries, Assystem Technologies has cutting-edge technical know-how and proven expertise in critical and complex systems.
    In regards with our embedded capabilities, Assystem Technologies is an expert in the study and development of electronics and software solutions:

    • Embedded Electronics: Development of FPGA, System On Chip, digital / analog electronic boards, power electronics and RF (up to 40 GHZ).
    • Embedded Software: Driver Development, BSP, Boot Loader, Firmware, Application Software, Real Time Operating System.
    • Expertise in functional safety, packaging of electronic cards, environmental qualification and support for type certifications DO-178, DO-254 and ECSS-Q60.
     

    Tool Vendors

    Tool vendors join efforts and collaborate to help customers for Tools assessment and Qualification, DO-254 oriented features like interface for requirements traceability, verification, reports generation,...

    Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live, work and play. Cadence® software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s System Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace and defense, IoT, industrial and other market segments. Cadence is listed as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For..

    Mentor Graphics is a technology leader in electronic design automation (EDA), providing software and hardware design solutions that enable companies to develop better electronic products faster and more cost-effectively. The company offers innovative products and solutions that help engineers overcome the design challenges they face in the increasingly complex worlds of board and chip design. Mentor Graphics has the broadest industry portfolio of best-in-class products and is the only EDA company with an embedded software solution.

     

    Component Manufacturers

    Component Manufacturers committed to work with Aerospace companies and provide additional information like internal data, service experience, additional documentation,...

    Altera Corporation is the world's pioneer of system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. With annual revenues in CY 2005 of $1.12 billion, Altera combines the reprogrammable logic technology originally invented in 1983 with software tools, intellectual property (IP), and design services to provide high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. Altera is headquartered in San Jose, California, and employs approximately 2,300 people in 14 countries.

    Xilinx Inc, who is the inventor of Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is World Wide n°1 PLD supplier with more than 50% market share. XILINX has demonstrated an unwavering commitment over 15 years to bringing leading-edge programmable technology to military temperature and radiation-tolerant application from Space to Base. Regardless a dedicated Aerospace & Defense business unit, XILINX has developed complete programmable solutions with silicon, software and design support for military/defense, Space and Avionics. XILINX address the transformational requirements of today’s A&D programs with unprecedented flexibility and higher performance, lower power architectures.

    Attacking power consumption from both the chip and the system levels, Actel power-smart programmable solutions enable power-efficient design. The company is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. Founded in 1985, Actel employs more than 550 people worldwide.

     
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