General Digital: Engineering What’s Next in Aerospace and Avionics
We design, program, verify, and integrate real-time software for the most highly safety-critical control systems, weapons systems, and numerous other aircraft applications.
When it comes to aviation technology, make sure the right things are up in the air.
Don’t leave your software, embedded controls, machine interface, and automation up to chance.
General Digital is the industry’s trusted partner in safety, reliability, and performance. Our software development experts provide you with the expertise and support you need—in our facility or yours.
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For almost 50 years, General Digital Software Engineering Services has maintained a reputation for meeting our customers’ demands with accurate, on time, and cost-efficient software service and support.
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Aerospace and Avionics: Software Development
Our software development team offers a full suite of support for every stage of implementation, including embedded firmware development and software development in many technologies.
With the addition of our verification services, you benefit from a complete lifecycle solution. Call 800-952-2535 now or e-mail us to discuss your project with our team.
DO-178 Compliant Software Services
While DO-178 was originally released in the 1980s, it wasn’t until the release of DO-178B in 1992 that it truly became the gold standard for avionic software requirements. In the last thirty years, our team has worked on aircraft from single engine planes to commercial jets, and even drones and autonomous vehicles, in support of DO-178B certification, as well as the more recent DO-178C standard, and their European counterparts (ED-12B/C).
One of the most fundamental aspects of DO-178 is the Design Assurance Level (DAL). Design Assurance Levels range from DAL-A to DAL-E. DAL-A is applied when failure or malfunction of the software can result in catastrophic failure of the aircraft. DAL-E doesn’t fall under the scope of DO-178, as this classification designates that the software has no impact on aircraft safety.
A good way to think about preparing for a DO-178 certification is Stage of Involvement (SOI) reviews. These reviews are presented in stages to the certifying body, and represent key milestones in the certification process.
- SOI #1 – Planning Review
- SOI #2 – Development Review
- SOI #3 – Verification Review
- SOI #4 – Certification (Final) Review
It’s crucial to note that all four stages of the process must be considered from the beginning. For example, waiting until SOI #1 & #2 have been accepted before considering your verification & validation process is a crucial error.
We follow a 1:10:100 rule, where something that costs $1 to fix in planning costs $10 to fix in development and $100 to fix during verification. A key part of preparing for your validation early is by considering the tools that you will be using to do so, and ensuring those tools are qualified in compliance with DO-330 guidelines.
Whether you just need IV&V, development, or an all-encompassing certification effort, we’re able to function as an extension of your engineering department, taking on as much or as little of your project as required to get it up in the air.
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Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V)
Independent Verification and Validation isn’t just about quality assurance. It’s about ensuring your safety-critical software and systems are built and running correctly.
Since 1998, our engineers have been iterating and augmenting our proprietary suite of IV&V tools, GenIViVe™, to be one of the most robust, comprehensive and efficient unit testing tools available. Combined with our trained team of experienced on-shore engineers, we can account for every possibility, ensuring 100% product reliability—in accordance with the standards of certifying bodies.
Avionics IV&V Standards
Avionics IV&V: Our Proven Process
- Requirements Development
- Project Coordination
- Tool Qualification
- Discrepancy Resolution
- Test Planning and Execution
- Results Reporting
Additional IV&V Services
- Implement test requirements
- Provide a reliable method to outsource
- Develop custom test requirements based on your software criticality level
- Make test tool and simulator recommendations
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