Mercury Systems Announces Safety Certifiable Graphics for Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

BuiltSAFE Software Renderer Enables DAL-A Graphics on ARM Cortex-A53 Cores

ANDOVER, Mass.  Nov. 1, 2017  Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, announced the BuiltSAFE™ GS Multi-Core Renderer for the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC family. Part of the BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite, the Multi-Core Renderer runs on the multi-core ARM® Cortex® A53 processor inside the MPSoC and is certifiable to DO-178C at the highest design assurance level (DAL-A) as well as the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D).

The BuiltSAFE GS Multi-Core Renderer is a high performance, small footprint OpenGL library designed to render highly complex 3D graphics in safety-critical embedded systems. Unlike traditional software renderers that run on a single CPU core, the performance of the Multi-Core Renderer scales up with more CPU cores. Because it runs on the CPU, the Multi-Core Renderer enables high-quality graphics applications to be run on Zynq Ultrascale+ CG variants, which are not equipped with a hardware graphics core. Even variants of the Zynq Ultrascale+ that do include a graphics core can benefit from the easier certification processes of the Multi-Core Renderer.

Hardware certification requirements (DO-254/ED80) present huge challenges when using a graphics-processing unit (GPU), and the BuiltSAFE GS Multi-Core Renderer is the ideal solution to this problem. It uses a deterministic, processor architecture-independent model optimized for any multicore-based platform to maximize performance and minimize power usage. All of the BuiltSAFE Graphics Libraries use industry standard OpenGL API specifications that are compatible with most new and legacy applications, but it can also be completely tailored to meet any customer requirements.

“The BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite is an ideal solution for high reliability applications requiring advanced graphics output from MPSoC devices,” said Robert Atkinson, Sales and Marketing Director for Mercury Mission Systems. “Because the Multi-Core Renderer runs solely on the CPU, high-level safety certification is easier to achieve, accelerating time to deployment.”

Mercury’s expertise and experience in the highest Design Assurance Levels (DAL) of safety-certifiable solutions have been built on successful execution of dozens of programs over three decades. This domain knowledge is the foundation of the BuiltSAFE™ portfolio of open architecture modules, systems, and software for avionics, automotive, communications, video servers, and mission computing. In conjunction with the BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite, Mercury also offers certification services to take customers through the process of attaining DO-178C, DO-254, or ISO-26262.

For more information on the BuiltSAFE GS Multi-Core Renderer, visit or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or

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