Q&A With FAA DO-254

Aldec together with FAA DER Randall Fulton conducted a webinar to provide clarifications on some of the most commonly misunderstood objectives and aspects of DO-254. The following is the list of questions that were submitted to Aldec for the webinar. All questions are related to applying DO-254 to FPGAs and PLDs. The answers from Randall Fulton are provided correspondingly. To read more, c... » read more

Developing High-Reliability FPGAs For DO-254

You have been developing FPGAs for a long time, and you know your designs from top to bottom. You know every interface protocol, configuration and optimization. You can visualize your timing diagram like you can visualize your upcoming vacation in Hawaii. You can manually write down your memory mapping accurately while under oath. You can pinpoint all CDC paths and emulate metastability in your... » read more

Introduction To DO-254

For almost two decades, avionics system manufacturers have only had to adhere to DO-178 for the development of airborne software. RTCA/DO-178A was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1985 for the development of airborne software, but RTCA/DO-254 was only recognized by the FAA in 2005 for the development of airborne electronic hardware (AEH). Developers of AEH are now face... » read more

Conspiracy Theory

The last couple of months have seen some interesting blips pop up on the security radar screen. To me, the most interesting on is the claim by Hugo Teso, a commercial pilot and security consultant and trained commercial pilot who claims to have developed an Android app that can remotely attack and take full control of an aircraft. The story goes that he was able to cobble together hardware and ... » read more