McDonnell Douglas Aerospace choose portable code feature of the VAPS

Engineers at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace of St. Louis liked the portable code feature of the VAPS product line from Virtual Prototypes of Montreal, and chose the device for their embedded cockpit displays.

McDonnell Douglas Aerospace choose portable code feature of the VAPS

Engineers at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace of St. Louis liked the portable code feature of the VAPS product line from Virtual Prototypes of Montreal, and chose the device for their embedded cockpit displays.

"The key discriminator in the selection of VAPS was the portable code it produces," says Timothy Bruns, senior principal engineer at McDonnell Douglas. "The entire process - from having an idea to executing embedded software - takes just a few minutes."

The C code generator of VAPS allows the user to connect VAPS display formats to Web-based documentation, continues Bruns.

The information displayed may also be tailored to the user, according to a Virtual Prototypes statement. "For example a pilot may want to know what it means when a symbol is flashing, but a maintainer may want to know what a particular error code represents."

The VAPS suite of tools automate development and deployment of real-time, data-driven, and event-driven graphical human machine interfaces and applications.

VAPS helps the user draw objects, specify data animation, connect to application data, and specify event/response behavior. The VAPS technology also generates compliant source code that developers may compile and download to the embedded real-time target system. - J.M.

For more information on VAPS, contact Shelley Chapatis by phone at 514-341-3874, by fax at 514-341-8018, by email at chapatis@virtualprotoypes.ca., or by mail to 4700 De La Savane, Suite 300, Montreal, Quebec, H4P 1T7.

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