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Safety-Certifiable Multi-core Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform Available for Intel SoCs

Wind River | December 09, 2022 | Read time : 02:33 min

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Wind River®, a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems, announced today that Wind River Helix™ Virtualization Platform now supports the Intel Xeon D-1700 and D-2700 processors and 11th Gen Intel Core™ processors.

Part of Wind River Studio, Helix Platform is a safety-certifiable multi-core, multi-tenant platform with support for multiple independent levels of criticality. It is designed for broad industry use cases, including but not limited to:

  • Commercial and military avionics
  • General operating system (OS) consolidation for reduction of space, weight, and/or power in industrial, medical, and automotive settings
  • Mixed levels of criticality to run unsafe software alongside software certified to the highest level in avionics (DO-178C), automotive (ISO 26262), industrial (IEC 61508), and other similar standards
Key Helix Platform features include:

  • True Type 1 hypervisor (not hosted in a real-time OS or requiring a special service OS)
  • 64-bit multi-core leveraging advanced Intel virtualization technologies
  • Single and multi-core guests
  • Mix-and-match 32- and 64-bit unmodified guests
  • Support for ARINC 653 Application Executive (APEX)
  • FACE™ 3.1 conformance
  • Multiple device models, including emulated, passthrough, shared, or para-virtualized
  • No limits on the number of concurrent guests (Linux, RTOS, bare metal)
  • Proven fault isolation and containment

Increasingly, with the growth of the intelligent edge, industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, and industrial bring unique sets of requirements and challenges. With Helix Platform support for Intel Xeon D and 11th Gen Intel Core™, Wind River is expanding architecture support to address the demanding needs of highly compute-heavy mission-critical applications.

Avijit Sinha, chief product officer, Wind River.


“From ever-evolving regulations to technology obsolescence and application performance uncertainty, the safety and compliance of mission-critical, multi-core applications across industries is essential. Collaboration with Wind River helps to remove the complexities of maintaining necessary safety and security requirements, while also accelerating time-to-market. This furthers Intel’s commitment to enable end user innovation and achieve mission success,” said Tony Franklin, general manager, Network and Edge – Federal and Aerospace at Intel.

Proven in the most challenging safety-critical applications, Wind River technology makes it easier and more cost-effective for organizations to meet the stringent safety certification requirements of EN 50128, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, and ED-12C.

With technology proven by more than 400 customers in over 800 safety programs in more than 100 civilian and military aircraft, Wind River is driving the transition to software-defined systems in aerospace and defense.

Helix Platform is part of Studio, a cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems.

Intel Xeon D processors deliver server-class computing, hardware-based security, and high bandwidth I/Os for embedded and rugged applications at the edge, supporting hard real-time workloads and extreme temperature range, making them well suited for demanding applications in industries such as aerospace and defense and industrial.

Engineered for IoT markets, 11th Gen Intel Core processors deliver a balance of performance and responsiveness in a low-power platform, supporting low latency and time-sensitive applications with the power to run multiple workloads, including AI and deep learning applications, on a single platform.

About Wind River
Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems. The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and is found in billions of products. Wind River offers a comprehensive portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation of mission-critical intelligent systems that will increasingly demand greater compute and AI capabilities while delivering the highest levels of security, safety, and reliability.

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