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Delivering ARINC 653 Solutions Using Model-based Engineering – with VxWorks and Artisan Studio

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Model-based Engineering and ARINC 653 can each deliver benefits, but don’t think it is a choice of either one or the other – both can be used together with potential benefits exceeding the sum of the parts. This Atego and Wind River webinar illustrates how a model-based engineering approach can be used to meet ARINC 653 design and delivery challenges.


Atego’s Artisan Studio is a UML and SysML modeling tool with powerful, configurable code generation capabilities. Artisan Studio is used by leading aerospace contractors like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems to develop high assurance mission and safety critical systems.

Wind River’s VxWorks 653 is an ARINC 653, real-time operating system for safety-critical Integrated Modular Avionics platforms, used in over 180 subsystems by over 100 customers worldwide for more than 40 airframes, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Designing, maintaining and preserving consistency in modular, highly configurable systems is a challenge that benefits from model-based engineering. Particularly true where multiple aspects of a platform may be modified for a variety of configurations yet must remain consistent. This is often the case on ARINC 653 development projects which require consistent traceability beyond source code files.

Atego’s latest release of Artisan Studio incorporates an ARINC 653 profile and associated code generators to deliver purpose-built modeling capability to integrated modular avionics development efforts.

Join our experts as they discuss new ways to model, design and integrate complex avionics systems and reduce risk by using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) platforms.

This webinar will cover:

  • The challenges of building Integrated Modular Avionics using COTS technology
  • How modeling ARINC 653 can not only deliver productivity gain, but reduce risk early in the design cycle
  • How ARINC 653 level concepts such as partitions and ports can be represented using Artisan Studio and the ARINC 653 profile
  • The generation from the model of consistent XML configuration files and initialization C source code files appropriate for Wind River’s VxWorks 653 tool chain
  • How application level concepts can be modeled, and how they interact with the higher level ARINC 653 concepts using APEX calls
  • The compilation and linking in Wind River’s Workbench of the files produced by Artisan Studio and those produced by Workbench itself
  • The execution of the resulting image using Wind River’s VxSim
  • An approach to incremental certification using DO-297
  • Using simulation to mitigate risks when designing and developing IMA avionics systems

In addition to providing significant productivity gains, combining MBE and DO-297 based solutions enables excellent traceability from requirements to code, improves dramatically the maintainability of these systems and simplifies the adoption of ARINC 653 platforms.

This presentation will be of interest to Senior Engineers and Engineering Managers developing systems on ARINC 653 platforms.


  • Ralph Hains, Principal Engineer, Atego
  • Alex Wilson, Senior Business Development Manager, Wind River