A Fortune 500 aerospace company needed assistance to design and develop the ARINC 429 communications interface and ARINC 739A protocol system associated with the Secondary Power Distribution Assembly (SPDA). The SPDA distributes, controls, and protects electrical power using solid-state power controllers in an aircraft.
The ARINC 429 standard specifies the serial communication protocol between aircraft embedded systems, enabling systems designed by different manufacturers to communicate with each other. ARINC 739A is a characteristic specification for the interface with the Multipurpose Control and Display Unit (MCDU).
With internal staff focused on design for the larger system, the company needed a certification-experienced partner to design, develop, and test the two communications protocols. They turned to Belcan because of its depth and breadth of experience in safety-critical embedded software systems that must meet the most stringent of DO-178B requirements.
Working with the client’s internal software and hardware teams, Belcan developed the communications software in the C language. Following the development phase, Belcan also worked closely with the client to integrate and perform complete verification testing for the system. The SPDA software was certified to DO-178B, Level A, and met ARINC 429 and ARINC 739A standards for the SPDA and the MCDU.
Belcan program management and software development experts handled requirements, design, development, and systems-level verification, which resulted in a DO-178B system, using ARINC 429 for communications and ARINC 739A for the control and display unit, certified to the most critical level.