Ansys Receives Two TSMC Open Innovation Platform Partner of the Year Awards

TSMC awarded Ansys two Open Integration Platform (OIP) Partner of the Year awards. Ansys’ multiphysics simulation solutions for TSMC’s world-class 3nm process and highly sophisticated three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D-IC) advanced packaging technologies help mutual customers speed the design of smartphone, high-performance computing, automotive and Internet of Things systems.

Ansys secured an award in the category of Joint Development of 3nm Design Infrastructure for delivering Ansys RedHawk-SC and Ansys Tote. These foundry-certified, state-of-the-art power integrity and electromigration signoff tools were optimized for TSMC’s 3nm process technology, enabling customers to satisfy key power, thermal and reliability requirements for cutting-edge applications.

Additionally, Ansys earned an award in the category of Joint Development of 3D-IC Design Productivity Solution for providing Ansys RedHawk, Ansys RedHawk-SC Electrothermal and Ansys RaptorH. These advanced semiconductor analysis tools were certified for the latest variant of TSMC’s high-speed, leading-edge CoWoS and InFO 3D-IC packaging technologies, empowering customers to simulate and alleviate power and thermal reliability issues and to achieve optimal electrical performance.

“We’re pleased to congratulate Ansys as the winner of two 2020 TSMC OIP Partner of the Year awards. These awards are a testament to their delivery of multiphysics simulation solutions that enable customer design success, benefitting from the significant power and performance boost of TSMC’s latest and most advanced technologies,” said Suk Lee, senior director of Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. “Together, we will continue to overcome customers’ design challenges and speed breakthrough silicon innovations with increased confidence.”

“Mutual customers rely on Ansys’ industry-leading simulation solutions to ensure maximum electronics system performance and reliability for next-generation system-on-chip architectures and groundbreaking 3D-IC design solutions,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager at Ansys. “Receiving two TSMC OIP Partner of the Year awards for 3nm and 3DIC design solutions reflects our long-time role as a trusted signoff partner for TSMC’s latest technologies and Ansys is committed to continuing that tradition, helping TSMC drive development of new silicon systems for highly innovative applications.”


wolfCrypt brings secure, lightweight, encrypted FIPS 140-2-certified communications to DO-178 avionics applications running Deos

DDC-I, a software and professional services supplier for mission- and safety-critical applications, and wolfSSL, a provider of TLS cryptography, announced recently the availability of the wolfCrypt cryptography library and certification kit, certifiable to DO-178C Level A, for DDC-I’s Deos DO-178C safety-critical real-time operating system. The two say this gives avionics developers a flexible, compact and high-performance COTS solution for quickly delivering a secure, FIPS 140-2 validated, communications.

Deos has provided a foundation for secure systems. Its modularity, hard partitioning, denial of dynamic operations, integrity checks and controlled interprocess communications all make it a good environment for high assurance systems, according the the companies.  The addition of wolfCrypt provides the proper cryptographic underpinnings for secure data transport, boot and firmware upgrades. Together, they say Deos and wolfCrypt provide trusted, military-grade security to connected avionics systems for not only military systems, but also Urban Air Mobility and next generation commercial avionics systems.

“DDC-I and wolfSSL provide best in class RTOS and crypto technology for DO-178C high design assurance applications that are not offered elsewhere,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “Contrasting with the closed and restrictive approach most RTOS suppliers have taken with security, DDC-I has stayed firm to an open model leveraging third party solutions so customers can use the vendor and solution that works best for them. As a result, Deos users are empowered to incorporate the best-in-class technology available in the market, such as the products from wolfSSL, to solve their unique system requirements.”

“The integration of Deos and wolfCrypt should prove very attractive to avionics developers who require a secure, out-of-the-box, safety-critical solution that comes ready to certify, complete with DAL A evidence,” said Larry Stefonic, CEO and Founder at wolfSSL. “We have a very strong working relationship with DDC-I and find Deos to be quite straightforward to work with. Together, I believe we offer our joint customers a world class platform that features best-in-class RTOS and security.”

The wolfSSL embedded SSL library is a lightweight, portable, C language-based SSL/TLS library that targets embedded and RTOS environments for connected applications such as avionics. Featuring FIPS 140-2 certified cryptography, the compact library supports industry standards up to TLS 1.3 and DTLS 1.2, is up to 20 times smaller than OpenSSL, offers a simple API, provides an OpenSSL compatibility layer, and includes OCSP and CRL support.

To facilitate DO-178C level A certification, the wolfCrypt certification kit provides traceable artifacts for the following encryption algorithms:  SHA-256 message digest; AES encryption and decryption; RSA for signing and verifying messages; and chacha20_poly1305 for authenticated encryption and decryption. Any of the FIPS 140-2 validated crypto algorithms can be used in DO-178 mode for combined FIPS 140-2/DO 178 consumption.


Ansys Startup Program Gains Momentum with Triple-Digit Growth

From 3D printing rockets to building electric motorcycles to reinventing how produce is grown, more than 1000 startup companies from around the world are employing Ansys simulation solutions to design next-generation products and processes. Launched in 2016, the rapidly expanding Ansys Startup Program has doubled in size over the last two years, supporting startups from 44 countries across a range of industries including aerospace and defense, high tech, energy, automotive and many more.

Faced with limited funding and revenue, many startups must rely on building and testing physical prototypes to verify product performance, which often requires considerable financial and human resources. The physical prototyping process is also notoriously time-consuming, which increases barriers for winning the race to market against potential competitors. To overcome these challenges, entrepreneurs are using Ansys engineering simulation solutions to design and validate product performance with a minimum investment of time and cost.

The Ansys Startup Program equips the startup ecosystem with access to Ansys’ broad portfolio of simulation solutions, bundled and affordably priced to help early-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses quickly while stretching their funding further. This enables engineers to validate product performance and reliability within virtual environments — significantly reducing physical prototype tests.

The Onward Project, a recent addition to the Ansys Startup Program, leverages Ansys Discovery to optimize the design of AdvenChair, a first-of-its-kind, all-terrain, human-powered wheelchair that blends an adjustable sit-ski seat with mountain bike technology to help riders traverse challenging wilderness trails.

“We created the AdvenChair so that people with mobility issues can continue enjoying the great outdoors, beyond where the pavement ends,” said Geoff Babb, AdvenChairman of The Onward Project. “Upfront simulation is a necessity for us to make that vision a reality. We’re implementing Ansys Discovery into our design process to reduce weight, maintain structural integrity and ultimately cut costs, resulting in a better, more budget-friendly product.”

Firefly Aerospace joined the Ansys Startup Program in 2017, using a combination of Ansys solutions to design launch vehicles capable of taking small payloads to space. The company became a commercial Ansys customer in 2019 and still relies heavily on Ansys for everything from fluid dynamics to heat transfer to metallic propulsion hardware.

“At Firefly, our work is quite literally rocket science,” said Tom Markusic, CEO of Firefly Aerospace. “It takes an enormous amount of simulation and modeling to design components that withstand the tremendous liftoff, flight and space environments. Leveraging the suite of Ansys tools allows us to ensure a design works with limited test iterations, providing up to $5 million in cost savings in engine cooling design, $10 million in increasing engine thrust and up to $500,000 in mass optimizations.”

“Ansys views simulation as a superpower and, in many cases, startups are the true superheroes,” said Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer at Ansys. “The Ansys Startup Program champions the next era of startup companies, equipping them with cutting-edge, cost-effective simulation solutions to pioneer new products that push the envelope of what’s possible and quickly scale their businesses.”


GORE Introduces New High Performance Aerospace Wires

W. L. Gore & Associates announced a new solution that meets higher voltages as the trend continues towards aircraft electrification to reduce the impact of air transport on the environment. GORE High Performance Aerospace Wires, GWN3000 Series, deliver a combination of mechanical strength and electrical reliability without increasing wire bundle size or weight, the company says.

Ensure System Reliability over Time

GORE High Performance Aerospace Wires, GWN3000 Series, provide a higher level of mechanical and electrical performance over time in current and next-gen aircraft. They ensure EWIS (electrical wire interconnection systems) reliability, increase operational readiness, improve safety and reduce total lifecycle costs, according to the company.

The GWN3000 Series meets and even exceeds new rigorous industry standards that require higher levels of electrical and mechanical durability for wire bundles operating in extreme aerospace environments.

“We’re excited to offer a single, long-term solution to the industry that can solve complex EWIS challenges in today’s and next-gen aircraft,” said Jim Carothers, product manager.

New-generation engines and aerodynamic optimization have lowered fuel burn during the past half century of jet-age travel. However, recent efficiency and environmental gains are incremental compared to the paradigm shift inherent in an eventual transition to all-electric aircraft. That revolution and the near-term steps required to achieve it rely not just on new battery technology, but also the ability to deliver power sufficient to replace current systems based on combustion, hydraulics or pneumatics. 

Gore’s chemically inert wire insulation does not degrade after exposure to harsh chemicals or humidity, the company says. The GWN3000 Series also reduces the risk of chafing, abrasion, and cut-through failures while easily tolerating wide temperature ranges. This new wire insulation meets mechanical, electrical, and material stability needs in one solution for complex wiring systems in commercial and defense aircraft.

For more information about the GWN3000 Series of GORE High Performance Aerospace Wires for commercial and defense aircraft, visit gore.com/highperformancewires.


Jet Maintenance Solutions and Becker Avionics Partner

Jet Maintenance Solutions (JET MS) has begun a partnership with Becker Avionics.

“We are pleased to begin our partnership with Becker Avionics, a reputable and history-rich aircraft communication and navigation equipment producer. Our partnership is yet another step towards a wider and quality-oriented list of suppliers, available to Jet Maintenance Solutions clients. With further goals of strengthening the company’s global brand, we believe that continuous search of new partnerships will allow Jet Maintenance Solutions to excel, deliver high-quality services and provide an unmatched level of flexibility when it comes to aircraft maintenance and repair as well as in spare parts supply services,” says Vytis Zalimas, the CEO of Jet Maintenance Solutions.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Jet Maintenance Solutions, looking forward to cooperate successfully and strengthen our mutual businesses on an international basis. With Jet Maintenance, we have found a reliable, highly professional and well known partner in the sector of maintenance and repair for private and business jets,” adds Detlef Haag, the CEO of Becker Avionics.

Jet Maintenance Solutions says they are focused on becoming a one-stop shop for all private and business jet maintenance and repair matters. Being the first provider of Bombardier CL604 7800 landings inspection and a noble name in design and fitting of luxury centered interiors, Jet Maintenance Solutions is constantly improving and extending its list of services available to custom tailored business and regional aircraft.


Air Transport Services Group Selects GE Aviation for Digital Agreement

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) selected GE Aviation for a comprehensive digital agreement including FlightPulse and eFOQA. The program gives ATSG subsidiary airlines ABX Air, Air Transport International, and Omni Air International access to advanced analytics with enriched data sets that will ultimately drive greater understanding of flight trends. This program implementation includes the Boeing 777, 767, and 757 aircraft. 

“GE Aviation’s FlightPulse and eFOQA are integral tools used by our airlines to enhance their already rigorous safety programs and further ensure that our training programs and operating policies are meeting the highest standards of operational excellence,” commented Ed Koharik, chief operating officer with ATSG.

FlightPulse is a mobile app that uses aircraft data and smart analytics to enable pilots to securely access their own flying metrics and trends. FlightPulse can be used to optimize efficiency, reduce operational risk, and improve pilot awareness through advanced flight data analytics. 

“FlightPulse will be used to put actionable and relevant pre- and post-flight information in pilots’ hands allowing them to operate at the highest level of effectiveness,” said Andrew Coleman, GM of the Digital Group for GE Aviation. “When FlightPulse and eFOQA are combined, quality and accurate data provide a major enabler to improving safety, efficiency and sustainability.”

FOQA (Flight Operations Quality Assurance), also commonly referred to as FDM (Flight Data Monitoring), is the process of analyzing and reviewing routinely recorded flight data. Airlines and operators that adopt FOQA are better able to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards in flight operations.  

eFOQA is GE Aviation’s service for helping operators around the world understand and improve safety. GE’s patented analytics software fuses meteorological information, navigation data, and terrain mapping to identify safety events and measurements on thousands of flights every day.


Iris Automation Appoints New CEO

Commercial drone safety technology innovator Iris Automation announces its new CEO, Jon Damush, effective immediately. Co-founder Alexander Harmsen has been promoted to chairman of the board where he will guide strategy for the company and provide thought leadership on beyond line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

The move reflects the continued growth at Iris Automation and the opportunities in the global commercial drone market space. 

Damush brings 30 years of aviation technology experience and executive leadership, building upon his technical background in engineering, software development and systems integration. Most recently he led new business ventures at Boeing NeXT. Before that he was chief growth officer at Insitu, Inc., a Boeing subsidiary, developing novel aircraft and UAS innovation including detect-and-avoid. He was also a Boeing executive liaison and board observer to SkyGrid, a joint venture between Boeing and SparkCognition. 

“I am honored to be taking over leadership of this incredible company. James and Alex have built an amazing team, developed a critical technology and achieved results where others have failed,” said the newly appointed CEO, Jon Damush. “As we grow into our next phase, I am eager to collaborate with our customers, partners, global regulators and investors to bring these capabilities to everyday use and make flying safer.”

“I am thrilled to have Jon join Iris Automation to accelerate our mission and take us to the next level. From when we started the company six years ago, we have built and validated incredibly difficult autonomous vehicle software, grown to support customers worldwide, and achieved ground-breaking regulatory approvals in the U.S. and internationally,” said Alexander Harmsen, co-founder and chairman of the board at Iris Automation. “Now, we are seeing our systems used to enable safe flights across the entire UAS ecosystem, validating our vision. I look forward to working together with Jon on this next chapter, capitalizing on the momentum to take Iris to the ranks of the world’s largest and most trusted aerospace companies.”

Prior to Insitu, Damush was the CEO of 2d3 Sensing, and led the successful turnaround and growth of the company from a niche entertainment software provider to a leading provider of computer vision-based image processing software for aerial surveillance, culminating in a successful acquisition. Damush is an FAA certified commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings and a certified flight instructor.

“We could not have envisioned a better fit in a leader for Iris Automation,” said James Howard, co-founder and VP of engineering. “Iris AutomationJon has the technical knowledge, and strategic capacity to bring innovation like ours to market at scale. I look forward to partnering with him as we continue to improve airspace safety, unlock BVLOS for customers today, and take on exciting new opportunities in the future.”


Astronics Enhanced Vision STC Approved for Aerial Firefighting on DC-10 Air Tankers

Astronics Corporation announced that a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved for its Max-Viz 1400 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on DC 10-30 Air Tankers.

In cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary Canada and 10 Tanker, the Astronics Max-Viz EVS was installed in one of 10 Tanker’s DC-10 aircraft, representing the first aerial firefighting tanker outfitted with the system.  To achieve a supplemental type certificate, the Max-Viz 1400 system successfully underwent flight testing and evaluation during water drops.

The Astronics Max-Viz 1400 has an enhanced vision sensor using a 640×480 pixel resolution long wave infrared thermal imager with electronic zoom, which allows aerial firefighting pilots to see through smoke and readily identify targets and terrain on their incredible missions.  Individual pins for control switches allow maximum placement flexibility and multiple horizontal field of view options: 45, 69, and 90 degrees.

The imager uses a lightweight, solid-state, low power, uncooled thermal camera. The sensor image can be presented on any display that accepts NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 signals.It utilizes a metal fairing design, is DO-160G compliant, and has integral window heaters for operation in all conditions with a temperature operating environment of -55 degrees C to +70 degrees C.

The Astronics Max-Viz 1400 is manufactured in an AS9100 Certified facility, with solid state technology that requires no routine maintenance. It is exportable under the U.S. Department of Commerce.”This specialized technology provides aerial tanker pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and safety,” said Tom Geiger, Max-Viz Business Unit director for Astronics PECO. “We worked closely with AVIO dg and 10 Tanker to get this technology approved for these specialized aerial firefighting missions involving the DC-10.”


CoreAVI Announces Certifiable Safety-Critical Software for Arm’s Next-Gen Mali-G78AE GPU

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (“CoreAVI”) announced a suite of Vulkan-based safety-critical graphics and compute libraries supporting the new, high-performance Arm Mali-G78AE GPU for the automotive, industrial and avionics markets. The Mali-G78AE GPU is Arm’s first GPU IP designed for safety critical applications. CoreAVI’s software suite for the Mali-G78AE GPU includes a Vulkan safety driver, GPGPU algorithms, libraries for OpenGL SC1, OpenGL SC2, and TrueCore™ as well as all safety certification artifacts. This range of next-gen safety-critical software drivers and libraries will be available to support semiconductor designers, OEMs, and Tier 1 system developers.  CoreAVI’s automotive safety software products meet ISO 26262 ASIL D certification requirements for advanced automotive and autonomy applications.  CoreAVI is also offering avionics customers DO-178C DAL A /EASA ED-12C certifiable versions of the Mali-G78AE GPU driver and graphics and compute libraries.  Both of these comprehensive software packages support Mali-G78AE GPUs for safe rendering, ADAS, and autonomy in certified automotive, industrial and avionics applications.  
Developed with support from Arm, CoreAVI’s software suite takes advantage of the performance, safety, flexibility, and scalability of the new Mali-G78AE GPU. The Mali-G78AE GPU offers a number of safety features designed to enhance the determinism and robustness of software running on the GPU. A new Flexible Partitioning feature allows the GPU to isolate in both the time and space domains, allowing multiple applications to safely and securely share the GPU. CoreAVI’s software is designed to the Khronos Group’s open standards for graphics and compute and will be compatible with a variety of certified real-time operating systems as well as Automotive Grade Linux (AGL).  Because the software suite is based on the Vulkan safety standard for graphics and compute, the driver allows applications to directly run sophisticated safety-critical graphics and compute algorithms such as FFT, matrix manipulation, and image filtering.  Additionally, libraries supporting OpenGL SC1 and OpenGL SC2 are available; these also run on the safety-critical Vulkan intermediary layer, allowing simultaneous execution of mixed-criticality and mixed API applications on a single GPU hardware instance.  This joint software solution not only meets the very high-performance demands of multi-partitioned systems in future digital cockpits but provides the flexibility required to support diverse applications and changing market demands.  

“CoreAVI is excited to introduce our first set of safety-critical graphics and compute software, collaboratively developed with Arm,” said Damian Fozard, CEO at CoreAVI. “This suite of products is designed to seamlessly transition customers from their commercial platforms onto a full safety software stack, allowing the use of Arm’s powerful Mali GPU IP in a wide range of new and exciting safety applications.” 

“As autonomous systems move towards software-defined functionality, it’s clear software has an important role to play in future autonomous workloads,” said Chet Babla, vice president, Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm. “To fully realize the benefits of Arm’s new GPU technology, CoreAVI’s offering will provide partners with state-of-the-art safety-critical graphics and compute capabilities for future automotive, industrial, and avionics applications.”


SKYTRAC Becomes the Newest Aviation Terminal Manufacturer Using the Iridium Certus 9810 Transceiver

Iridium Communications Inc. announced SKYTRAC as the newest aviation Value Added Manufacturer (VAM) for the Iridium Certus 9810 transceiver. Already an Iridium Certus service provider, SKYTRAC will now be able to both manufacture equipment and provide service to customers across the aviation industry. 

Designed for optimal size, weight and power (SWaP), SKYTRAC’s new SDL-350 terminal will be a 2-MCU satellite communications system, planned for market introduction in 2021. The new terminal will offer broadband speeds of up to 352 kbps both to and from the aircraft. Built for the only L-band broadband platform providing truly global connectivity, the SDL-350 also takes advantage of the Iridium Certus platform’s flexibility to scale device speeds, sizes, and power requirements based on the needs of the end-user.

SKYTRAC is also producing the ISAT-200A-08 terminal utilizing Iridium Certus 9770 with 22/88 kbps midband speeds that will bring a 10x bandwidth improvement as compared to Iridium’s narrowband services, to operators looking to streamline their efficiencies with VoIP communications, FDR streaming capability, real-time alerts, advanced situational awareness and more. 

“Iridium Certus ushers in a new era of globally available connectivity for operators looking for higher bandwidth satellite communication solutions,” mentioned Jan van der Heul, SKYTRAC’s vice president of Sales. “We’re excited to introduce the two new terminals to the market and look forward to working with operators around the world to enhance their operations through the capabilities we provide.”

The SDL-350 terminal will combine SKYTRAC’s historical strengths in flight data acquisition and satellite communications with processing power and Iridium Certus bandwidth. This makes it an ideal solution for applications like flight data monitoring, onboard electronic flight bag (EFB) capabilities, real-time health and usage monitoring (HUMS), medical data transfer, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications, Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) compliance functions, situational awareness, connected aircraft solutions, large file transfers, and more, depending on the terminal’s bandwidth level.

“As a new VAM for the Iridium Certus 9810 and a valued long-time Iridium partner, SKYTRAC continues to produce full-service data-driven solutions to the aviation industry,” says Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, Iridium. “We’re excited to see SKYTRAC expand their product offerings by designing, developing and manufacturing new products utilizing the Iridium Certus 9810 and Iridium Certus 9770 transceivers.”

The wide-array of capabilities both the new terminals will offer provides solutions for operators in all segments of aviation for both rotary and fixed-wing markets. The new terminals will provide truly global capabilities for operators in aerial firefighting, business aviation, Emergency Medical Services/Search and Rescue, air transport, oil and gas, law enforcement, and more.


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