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03 Mar 08. AgustaWestland announced that Test Vehicle 3, the third helicopter built for the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Replacement Programme, made its initial flight Feb. 27 in Yeovil, England marking the fourth helicopter to enter flight test. TV-3 is due to arrive at the Presidential Helicopter Support Facility here on Mar. 17 and will then travel to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, N.Y. for final assembly and mission systems integration. TV-3 will be the first vehicle tested that is outfitted with mission systems.
06 Mar 08. Intel Corp. Chief Executive Paul Otellini vowed that its foray into a volatile segment of the memory-chip market won’t drag down the company. Speaking at a two-day analyst meeting at Intel headquarters here — two days after issuing a profit warning blamed on the chips known as flash memory — Mr. Otellini said, “We are going to fix it or make sure it is profitable one way or another.” Mr. Otellini and other executives also disclosed new details of plans to expand beyond Intel’s core business of microprocessors for personal computers and server systems. The company recently joined manufacturers that sell chips known as NAND flash memory, which are used to store data in portable devices including digital cameras and music players. But pricing for those chips has recently plunged. In response, Mr. Otellini said by midyear Intel will “drive into” the market for what are called solid-state drives, which use NAND chips instead of disk drives to store data. That new market should help provide insulation against the brutal ups and downs of the commodity parts of the NAND market, he said. The company is also evaluating whether to moderate its investment in NAND flash production capacity, Mr. Otellini said. (Source: WSJ)
05 Mar 08. Quantum3D(r), Inc. announced the release of IGL178(tm), the industry’s first, entirely software-based, FAA DO-178B Level-A certifiable OpenGL (r) Safety Critical (SC) and OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES) Graphics Processing Unit(GPU). IGL178 enables avionics and other safety-critical visual computing application developers to deploy industry-standard realtime OpenGL ES and SC applications on virtually any embedded system or display device, including systems not equipped with hardware-accelerated GPUs. IGL178 also enables GPU-equipped systems for which safety-critical certifiable drivers are not available to host certified applications by eliminating un-trusted driver code. With its ability to support high-fidelity, high-performance realtime
2D and 3D graphics and video applications on a wide range of systems and
operating environments, IGL178 is well suited for development and deployment of new classes of low-cost, obsolescence-proof avionics, weapon systems and other advanced-display applications, including Primary and Multi-Function Displays (PFDs and MFDs), Heads-Up Displays (HUDS), Standby Instruments and Soft Controllers. IGL178 also features unique capabilities that make it ideal for new applications, including scaleable Avionics Application Standard Software Interface (ARINC 653)-partitioned safety-critical and multilevel-secure workstation applications.
05 Mar 08. AdaCore, announced the company’s 12th annual release of its signature GNAT Pro Ada development environment. GNAT Pro v 6.1.1 offers more than 150 new features and is available on the largest set of supported platforms in the industry – 44 configurations (including 28 cross compilers) on 79 different operating system versions, including multiple versions of Windows, Linux, and Solaris. GNAT Pro v 6.1.1’s new features include:
– High-Integrity versions for VxWorks 6, including the Ravenscar profile;
– Thread-safe profiling with gprof, a tool currently available for GNAT Pro on several platforms;
– Increased Ada support in gcov, a coverage analysis tool;
– Enhanced tools such as gnatcheck, gnatpp, and gnatmet