Mercury Systems Announces Safety-Certifiable Multi-Core Solution for Avionics and Communications

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ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRCY) ( announced that its BuiltSAFE ROCK-2 avionics subsystem is now available pre-integrated with the Green Hills Software safe and secure INTEGRITY-178 tuMP® (time-variant unified multiprocessing) real-time operating system (RTOS). INTEGRITY-178 tuMP enables the full multi-core capabilities of the ROCK-2 subsystem to be utilized for applications requiring DO-178C certification. The combined software and hardware solution is aligned with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) V2.1 Technical Standard and was demonstrated at this week’s FACE Technical Interchange Meeting.

The BuiltSAFE ROCK-2 avionics computer is a 3U OpenVPX subsystem pre-integrated with a choice of BuiltSAFE single board computers with multi-core processors, avionics IO, video processing, and software such as the BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite. The ROCK-2 avionics computer is designed to allow different sections of the chassis to run at different design assurance levels (DAL), enabling the use of a wide variety of technologies to augment the portion of the application that needs to run at highest level.

“Mercury has a strong history of supporting the industry’s open architecture initiatives,” said Scott Engle, Business Development Director at Mercury. “Our BuiltSAFE software and hardware products are based on open system architecture, which provides a solid base for a FACE-conformant solution.”

The choice of INTEGRITY-178 tuMP as the RTOS gives the systems integrator deterministic low-level control over core affinity and utilization on the ROCK-2, compliant to CAST-32A. This makes the ROCK-2 an ideal candidate for any integrator looking to add more operational capability into less hardware.

“Green Hills is pleased to have partnered with Mercury in the integration and demonstration of INTEGRITY-178 tuMP running on Mercury’s BuiltSAFE ROCK-2 multi-core avionics computer at the FACE Technical Interchange Meeting,” said Dan O’Dowd, founder and chief executive officer of Green Hills Software. “Together, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP and ROCK-2 provide industry-leading size, weight, and power (SWaP) improvements by providing optimal core utilization and multi-core throughput without jeopardizing safety and security certification requirements.”

The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP (time-variant unified multiprocessing) RTOS is intended for safety-critical and security-critical systems that are based on modern multi-core processors. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP significantly improves the flexibility in how the processor cores can be utilized. The tuMP architecture is referred to as “unified” in that a common OS controls the scheduling of all cores and the overall communications between applications. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP supports the ARINC-653 (Part 1 supplement 3 and Part 2 supplement 2) interfaces and operating system capabilities necessary to be aligned with the FACE V2.1 Technical Standard. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is also the only multi-core operating system that meets the ARINC-653 standard’s requirement for multi-core operation as defined in Section 2 of Supplement 4 for the ARINC-653 standard.

For more information on the BuiltSAFE ROCK-2 avionics subsystem, visit or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or [email protected]

Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters
Mercury Systems (NASDAQ:MRCY) is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and mission processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit

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Robert McGrail, Director of Corporate Communications
Mercury Systems, Inc.
+1 978-967-1366 / [email protected]

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