A STANDARD THAT BRINGS SOFTWARE INTEROPERABILITY TO AVIONICS SYSTEMS

 

What is the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE)?

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium is an aviation-focused professional group made up of U.S. industry suppliers, customers, and users. FACE aims to standardize approaches to bring open standards solutions to avionics systems. These avionics systems will result in lower implementation costs for the U.S. government and other adopters of the standard. Using the Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA), Open Architecture (OA), and Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA), FACE supports a robust architecture for enabling software development.

By using standard interfaces, this open standard enables interoperability between systems and components, as well as interface reuse. The Future Airborne Capability Environment enables porting of application from multiple systems and vendors so that the warfighter can get the capabilities faster and at a reduced life cycle, up-front procurement, system integration, and upgrade/technology refresh cost and risk.

The FACE Consortium defines

  • requirements for Software Development Toolkit (SDK) extensions and test suites,
  • a Reference Implementation Guide,
  • a verification process, and
  • a repository for modular software applications/services. 

FACE-Supporting Hardware

Curtiss-Wright offers a broad range of modules and systems designed in compliance with FACE profile specifications, which have been demonstrated as hosts of FACE-conformant software applications and operating systems to develop.

XMC-121 and VPX3-716 Read about our digital moving map demonstration with L3Harris Technologies and Green Hills Software on our graphics module and XMC mezzanine.
VPX3-152 Read about our virtualization platform demonstration with Wind River on our single board computer.

 

Further Reading

Mark Grovak, Avionics Business Development Manager wrote the article Milestone in Abstracting the Hardware: Realizing the Promise of FACE in Military Embedded Systems Magazine.

FACE™, logo design and The Open Group Certification Mark™ are trademarks of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.

 

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