Edgewater Computer Systems Awarded CANIC Program by the Department of National Defence to Certify Extended 1553 (E1553®) for Broad Use in Avionics Systems

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The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded Edgewater Computer Systems a multimillion dollar, competitively bid contract to certify its Extended 1553 technology for airworthiness for use in fixed and rotary winged aircraft. Extended 1553 has been proven to dramatically reduce the cost and time for integrating advanced data-centric capabilities as part of ongoing military platform modernization programs.

Edgewater Computer Systems, Inc. (Edgewater) is pleased to announce that the Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded Edgewater a multi-million dollar program to complete airworthiness certification of its flagship Extended 1553 (E1553®) network interface technology.

Following the successful integration, demonstration and test of its E1553® network interface card (NIC) on the CH-146 Griffon helicopter under the previously announced Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) program (news release dated July 19, 2012), Edgewater has been awarded the Certified Airworthy Network Interface Card (CANIC) program with the Department of National Defence (DND) to certify its E1553® Network Interface Card (NIC) to DND’s required Design Assurance Levels (DALs) under DO-178B and DO-254.

“This is possibly the most important development in the history of Extended 1553,” said Greg Fielding, Vice President of Edgewater. “Completing the certification of Edgewater’s E1553® NIC to meet DND’s stringent airworthiness requirements opens the door to the broad deployment of Extended 1553 across multiple airborne platforms, world-wide.”    

Extended 1553 has been demonstrated on both fixed and rotary wing platforms to provide substantial reductions in both cost and time to integrate and deploy capabilities requiring increased data throughput (capacity) for capabilities such as video, imagery and radar. Extended 1553 adds hundreds of times of increased, deterministic data handling capacity on the existing data bus networking infrastructure on the vast majority of airborne platforms without requiring any changes to the existing network infrastructure. Extended 1553 operates in parallel with, and has been proven not to impact, the existing NATO standard STANAG 3838 or Mil-Std-1553B signaling, which is often running at maximum utilization.    

“In these very austere budgeting times, being able to reduce the cost to modernize weapons systems by 60% or more is viewed by our international customers as critical to the future modernization of their weapons systems,” said Duane Anderson, President of Edgewater Computer Systems. “Not only has it been our experience in Canada, but also the experience of our international customers that Extended 1553 dramatically reduces the cost to add planned data-centric capabilities while enabling the delivery of those capabilities to theatre much more rapidly.”

Standardization of Extended 1553 is underway through the NATO Standardization Agency (NSA) as the Broadband Real-time Data Bus Standard (B-RTDB), STANAG 7221 Study. The CANIC circuit card will be the first airworthy certified NIC compliant with STANAG 7221.

Edgewater is now taking orders for its certifiable E1553® NIC and associated evaluation kits (EVKs).

About the CANIC Program

The Certifiable Airworthy Network Interface Card (CANIC) contract was competitively awarded to Edgewater Computer Systems, Inc. after the completion of an Advanced Contract Award Notification (ACAN) under solicitation number W7714-135761/A.

About Edgewater Computer Systems, Inc.

Edgewater Computer Systems, Inc. (Edgewater) is a privately held company founded in 1988 that specializes in the architecture design and engineering of real-time high-performance multiprocessor systems. Edgewater provides expert services for all phases of the development life cycle, but has recognized expertise in the specification, theory, analysis, modeling, simulation, and verification of both system hardware and software. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewater.ca.

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