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08 Jan 08. Esterel Technologies announces the immediate availability of Esterel SCADE® 6.1, further bolstering its position as the de facto standard in model-based development for critical embedded applications. SCADE 6.1 includes significant productivity enhancements to model-based design entry, new verification technologies, and expanded tool-chain integration and interoperability. Enhancements have been made to both SCADE Suite™ and SCADE Display™, members of the Esterel Technologies SCADE family of products. Model-based development has improved developer productivity by more than 30 percent for developers of safety, mission, and life-critical systems and software applications as compared to traditional manual methods. Furthermore, model-based design, when combined with formal verification and certified code generation, ensures the quality of deployed applications under standards such as DO-178B, EN 50128, and IEC 61508. SCADE Suite 6.1 builds on the success of formal model-based design and certified code generation by providing formal decision diagram entry, enhanced SCADE model differencing and merging, and fine-grained model-based configuration management. With these enhancements, SCADE Suite developers now can quickly describe, through graphical entry, core decision logic in the application. From a collaboration perspective, developers now have the ability to easily compare and contrast design changes at the graphical level and manage those configurations at a user-defined granularity. This flexibility and graphical approach increases developer productivity and facilitates developer collaboration and design sharing.

18 Dec 08. NAVAIR’s Human Systems Division, working under the Aircrew Systems program office Life Support Systems Fleet Support Team, has developed a new aircrew armored survival vest for helicopter and non-fighter aircraft aircrew. The new system, designated the PRU-70/P22P-18 (V) Armored Survival Vest (ASV), will be fielded in three sizes and replace the current PRU-60B system that is available in only a “two sizes fits all” configuration. “The development of this new vest is a direct result of working with and listening to our warfighters,” said Martin Ahmad, Aircrew Systems program manager, PMA202. “This new vest could not have been developed without the involvement of the Fleet and our joint engineering/aircrew systems team.” “This is all about saving lives,” said Lt. Cmdr. Corey Littel, the PMA202 Life Support Systems Fleet Support Team lead. “With a proper fit, this new armored survival vest will provide the Fleet with a common solution to several armor-related fit and sizing issues reported by Navy and Marine Corps units.” “The Fleet Support Team has been working very closely with returning and deployed aircrews to determine key issues they had with the current PRU-60B vest and what they would like in a new system that not only addresses those issues but also helps increase their safety and comfort on long missions,” said O’Rourke. “The biggest issues with the current system revolved around mobility, bulk, fit and comfort. Their responses directly resulted in the requirements that drove the PRU-70 design.” The PRU-70 replaces three different items of aircrew clothing; the standard AIRSAVE Survival Vest, the separate body armor system that is worn beneath the AIRSAVE survival vest and the current PRU-60B. (Source: Seawaves Publishing Inc.)

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