SYSGO Expands DO-178B Certified PikeOS to IEC61508 and EN50128 Safety Standards

Mainz, Germany, Paris, France - December 20, 2010 SYSGO, a leading supplier of certifiable operating systems, is expanding its safety certification product offering to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 Standard and to EN 50128 railway industry standard defined by CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization. The certification process will be conducted in cooperation with the internationally recognized safety certification authority TÜV.

SYSGO built its safety certification expertise mainly in the avionics area, where the DO-178B standard is required. Because of a growing demand coming from other industrial sectors such as industrial automation, ground transportation, medical and automotive, SYSGO is making its Safe and Secure Virtualization (SSV) RTOS PikeOS available for these industry sectors with the same highest level of safety and security.

The IEC 61508 standard is the basis of many derived standards used in a variety of industries for which safety and reliability are critical. It was released in 1998 by the International Electrotechnical Commission and renewed in 2010. The document includes seven parts, where part 3 defines the software requirements of "Functional safety of electrical / electronic / programmable electronic safety-related systems". IEC 61508 distinguishes four Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) according to the probability of failures and their potential damage. SYSGO will address all four levels.

PikeOS has been designed for use in safety-critical applications and has gone through internal initial compliancy validation according to safety standards like DO-178B, EN 50128, IEC 62304, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IEC 61513 for the avionics, automotive, railway, medical, industrial automation or nuclear power sectors. Since only the micro-kernel runs in privileged mode, all of its code contributes to the trusted code base of every application that might run on top of it. Besides the ability brought by virtualization to decrease the hardware bill of materials, an important source of cost reduction comes from the capacity of PikeOS to allow the co-existence of applications of different criticality levels on a single hardware platform, where each application can be certified independently.

“We have put in place an aggressive plan to finalize the IEC 61508 and EN50128 certification of our PikeOS flagship product,” said Michael Tiedemann, CEO of SYSGO. “Our successes in the avionics market such as our participation in the A400M and A350 XWB, requiring DO-178B certification, helped us in defining a very portable and generic core technology. As a result, the same PikeOS kernel can be used for other industries which can also benefit from the design and features guaranteeing the highest level of safety and security.”


The completion of IEC 61508 and EN 50128 certification process is planned for Q1 2011.


SYSGO provides operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded market. A differentiating capability of SYSGO is the SSV (Safe and Secure Virtualization) platform PikeOS, a paravirtualization operating system which is built upon a small, fast, and safe microkernel. It supports the co-existence of independent operating system personalities on a single platform, including ELinOS, SYSGO’s embedded Linux distribution. SYSGO supports international customers with services for embedded Linux, real-time capabilities and certification for safety-critical applications. Markets include Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Transportation and Network Infrastructure. Customers include Airbus, EADS, Thales, Daimler, Raytheon, B. Braun, Rheinmetall, Rockwell-Collins, Nokia Siemens Network, and Rohde & Schwarz. SYSGO has facilities in Germany, France, The Czech Republic and North America, and offers a global distribution and support network, including Europe and the Pacific Rim.

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