June 27, 2003

New Digital Modem Technology from Lynuxworks and Innovative Concepts Powers Real-Time Battlefield Co

Anonymous Reader writes "SAN JOSE, Calif., June 23, 2003 Multiple branches of the military were able to communicate in real-time during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a result of the new Improved Data Modem, IDM Technology from Innovative Concepts, Inc. IDM Technology is powered by LynuxWorks LynxOS® operating system and allows all aspects of the battlefield including aviation units, ground forces and shipborne systems to communicate digitally in real-time without relying solely on voice to voice communication. The IDM played an integral role in Iraq as it was utilized in the Apache Longbow, Chinook, Kiowa Warrior, and Blackhawk Army helicopters and ground forces.

IDM represents the latest in advanced military
technologies designed to remedy communication issues. As a result,
soldiers can, for the first time, transmit icons on digital maps and correlate
the icons to a continuously pinpointed and tracked target. This strategic
advantage was leveraged for more accurate weapons control, quicker attack
strategies and fewer friendly fire errors in Iraq.

IDM is the latest example of our continued success
in powering the most technologically advanced military applications, said Bob
Morris, vice president of sales and marketing for LynuxWorks. Weve
invested substantially in assuring that our products are certified to and
conform with the highest government standards.

Importance of Government Standards

To achieve seamless data communication and joint situational awareness, LynxOS provides  hard real-time capability and POSIX conformance required by the IDM.  This POSIX conformance allows the IDM to execute a number of GOTS (government-off-the-shelf) packages which require full POSIX process model support as specified by the JTA-A (which mandates POSIX.1 support), in order to quickly integrate the required GOTS and COTS packages. LynxOS is the only real-time operating system to have been certified POSIX conformant by the IEEE. Other RTOSs could offer POSIX compliance, meaning that the vendor has a document stating which POSIX features are supported and which are not, but only LynxOS offers a true, conformant POSIX operating system.

Since the IDM is mission critical, we required hard real-time deterministic performance. After a thorough investigation of the available alternatives, LynxOS was the logical choice as it was the only real-time operating system to be certified POSIX conformant by the IEEE, said Richard Harrison, vice president of corporate business development at Innovative Concepts. LynxOS was a critical factor in helping Innovative Concepts achieve interoperability with the tactical Internet, integrated battlespace communications network, and ensure our provided the military with seamless data communication and joint situational awareness.

About Innovative Concepts

Innovative Concepts, Inc. is a communications technology development firm specializing in the research, design, development, production, and support of wireless data communications products and services. Dedicated to delivering innovative products and services to the defense community, Innovative Concepts, Inc. collaborates with its customers to help them communicate more effectively and operate more efficiently. Expertise includes: the product suite of IDM Technology, software and systems engineering, hardware development, and aerospace technical services. More information on Innovative Concepts can be accessed via the Company web site at http://www.innocon.com.

About LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the worlds most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies.  Established in 1988, the company is a technology leader in the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks headquarters are located in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit www.lynuxworks.com.


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