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1 Presented to: By: Date: Federal Aviation Administration Complex Electronic Hardware Policy & Guidance Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Standardization Conference John Lewis, AIR-120, Technical Programs Branch, Washington DC (202) July 26, 2005

2 2 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Presentation Overview AC , Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, RTCA/DO-254 Policy Memo for RTCA/DO-254 RTCA/DO-254 training course Authorization of DERs for complex electronic hardware (CEH)

3 3 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference AC , Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, RTCA/DO-254 What is the background with developing and recognizing RTCA/DO-254? –RTCA SC-180 lasted 7 years and held 25+ meetings. –RTCA/DO-254 published April 19, –FAA recognition of DO-254 for programmable logic devices (PLDs) via issue papers. –FAA published AC on June 30, –Process took 12 years!

4 4 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference AC , Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, RTCA/DO-254 Why did it take so long to publish and recognize RTCA/DO-254? –Scope problems: What is complex hardware? (LRUs, circuit board assemblies, custom micro- coded components, COTS, etc.) –Hardware design assurance levels. –Unofficial disagreement by industry on release of RTCA/DO-254.

5 5 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference AC , Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, RTCA/DO-254 What types of complex electronic hardware are covered by the AC ? –Complex custom micro-coded components: Programmable logic devices (PLDs) Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) Application specific integrated circuit (ASICs) Other similar electronic devices

6 6 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference AC , Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, RTCA/DO-254 What design assurance levels does AC recognize for RTCA/DO-254? –Complex devices supporting Level A, B, & C functions. –For Level D devices, applicants can use: If RTCA/DO-254 is used, then FAA review of lifecycle data is not necessary. Existing manufacturing design assurance practices (contingent on ACO agreement).

7 7 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference AC , Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, RTCA/DO-254 What about microprocessors? –Recognize alternate methods to ensure COTS microprocessors perform intended functions. –RTCA/DO-254 may be used for custom developed microprocessors. –Lack of guidance for to address advance design features (cache, pipelining, extra micro-coded instructions, etc.) in COTS microprocessors. –Ongoing FAA/AVSI (Aviation Vehicle Systems Institute) research project for COTS microprocessors.

8 8 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Policy Memo/Order for using RTCA/DO-254 How is the FAA going to harmonize with EASA for guidance on DO-254/ED-80? –Draft CAST paper P#86, Clarifications on the use of RTCA/DO-254, Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware. –FAA & EASA intend to publish equivalent guidance material.

9 9 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Policy Memo/Order for using RTCA/DO-254 How is the FAA going to clarify the technical issues when using DO-254? –Draft policy memo addresses the following technical issues: Modifiable devices, verification & validation processes, traceability, configuration management, etc. –Schedule for release of policy memo by September, –Plan to incorporate policy memo into FAA Order.

10 10 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Training for RTCA/DO-254 What about new training for complex electronic hardware and RTCA/DO-254? –Proposed FY06 business plan nomination to develop FAA course for RTCA/DO-254 (similar to DO-178B course for software). –Course development contingent on budget resources.

11 11 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Authorization of DERs for CEH What about authorization of DERs in the complex electronic hardware (CEH) technical area? –Point of contact is Kevin Kendall, AIR-140. –Draft policy memo under coordination to address Qualifications Limitations TSO approval of CEH –Policy Memo will be incorporated in future revisions to Order B, Order , and Order

12 12 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Authorization of DERs for CEH What about some specific qualifications under consideration for CEH? –Thorough working knowledge and understanding of RTCA/DO-254. –Understanding of and experience with DO-254 hardware life cycle processes and data required for certification. –Experience with different kinds of CEH design, such as Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), Programmable Logic Devices (PLD), and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) design.

13 13 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Authorization of DERs for CEH –Familiarity with Hardware Description Languages that are used for programming CEH, and an understanding of the types of verification required for use of such languages. –Experience with complex electronic hardware verification process activities, including reviews, analyses, and testing. –Familiarity with complex electronic hardware modification processes, including determination of change impact analyses, regression analyses and testing.

14 14 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Authorization of DERs for CEH What are some delegation limitations under consideration for CEH? –Approval of the Plan for Hardware Aspects of Certification (PHAC), Top Level Drawing, and the Hardware Accomplishment Summary (HAS) will be reserved for approval by the ACO. –For some systems and complex electronic hardware requiring design assurance Level A or B, the verification and validation data may also be reserved for approval by the ACO.

15 15 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Special thanks to national FAA team members! FAA team for AC : –Transport Airplane Directorate: Gregg Bartley, Will Struck, & Varun Khanna –Rotorcraft Directorate: Jorge Castillo –Engine Directorate: Gary Horan –Small Airplane Directorate: Robin Sova & Wes Ryan –Chicago ACO: Brenda Ocker –Los Angeles ACO: Tom Phan –Wichita ACO: Gerry Pilj & Ruth Hirt

16 16 Federal Aviation Administration July 26, 2005 Software & Complex Electronic Hardware Conference Questions? Comments to: zzzz


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