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ARINC 661

Overview

Modern cockpit designers are increasingly adopting the ARINC 661. Presagis ARINC 661 Development Suite is an integrated, end-to-end workflow environment for the entire lifecycle of ARINC 661 systems development: from requirements specification, design, and development through deployment and maintenance. The Suite provides a seamless workflow between development environments for the Cockpit Display System (CDS) and the User Application (UA) so you can create certifiable systems faster and more easily.

The Standard

The ARINC 661 standard for commercial aircraft cockpit displays normalizes the definition of a Cockpit Display System (CDS) as well as the communication between the CDS and User Applications (UA).

The ARINC 661 working group was formed by the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) in response to increasing costs resulting from the increasing complexity of Cockpit Display Systems. The objective of the standard is to minimize both direct and indirect costs to the airlines by

  • minimizing the cost of acquiring new avionic systems by controlling the cost of CDS development,
  • minimizing the cost of adding new display functions to the cockpit during the life of an aircraft,
  • minimizing the cost of managing hardware obsolescence in an area of rapidly evolving technology,
  • introducing interactivity into the cockpit, thus providing a basis for airframe manufacturers to standardize the HMI in the cockpit.

Recent major commercial programs have adopted the standard, including Airbus on the A380 and A400M and Boeing on the 787.

Our Tools

Presagis’ tools support the ARINC 661 standards for CDS and UA development. CDS developers can easily create or modify standard or custom widgets while developing a CDS and a widget library.

UA developers can lay out and generate data definition files for the UA. Developers using MathWorks Simulink®, IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® or other similar tools or techniques to develop the UA system model can use UA Accelerator to link the widget/layer layout process with development of the UA system model, reducing development time by synchronizing the layout design and the system model.

UA Accelerator also automatically generates C++ code for the MMI Logic interface for the UA, supporting good engineering practice by separating UA business logic from user interface logic.

Services & Support

Presagis' flagship product VAPS XT is the ideal solution for projects involving ARINC 661 compliance, and we are committed to providing software that allows embedded avionics display designers and developers to easily and cost-effectively meet this emerging avionics standard.

ARINC 661 is a very specialized field in HMI development. If you are new to the standard, Presagis ARINC 661 experts can help you develop your displays in conformance with the ARINC 661 standard. Presagis technical services can help you accomplish the following tasks:

  • Define ARINC 661 widgets
  • Create extended widgets based on the ARINC 661 standard
  • Build your own ARINC 661 widget library with your own look and feel
  • Layout ARINC 661 widgets to create HMI applications to be used by the Cockpit Display System (CDS)
  • Develop and optimize the Cockpit Display System (CDS) and User Application (UA)
  • To implement the data connection between input and output objects