O.C.E. Technology (www.ocetechnology.com), an Irish space technology company, today announced the formal release of OCEOS, the company’s real-time operating system for high reliability applications.
The OCEOS software, which the company has successfully tested at the European Space Agency (ESA), occupies a tiny amount of memory and includes the operational checks and recovery procedures required for mission critical subsystems on satellites and other spacecraft.
The software, which is compliant with ESA’s safety level B regulations for spacecraft, is currently available for ARM and SPARC single-core processors with conversion to the more powerful multicore computer architecture already in progress.
OCEOS is also considered suitable for automotive and medical applications such as engine management, emissions monitoring, therapeutic devices, and dialysis machines.
The company is currently seeking non-space reference applications for the operating system with offers of discounted software and support to interested companies.
Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “We are very excited to have developed and successfully demonstrated only the second safety category B operating system for the European Space Agency. OCEOS has some unique features such as prevention of software deadlocks and precision timing for control outputs.”
He added, “O.C.E. is currently selling to the aerospace market but OCEOS is creating new opportunities for the company in other high-growth and global markets such as the automotive and medical industries and O.C.E. is offering discounted licences and support to new customers in these markets.”
O.C.E. Technology, headquartered at NovaUCD, in Dublin, develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors.
O.C.E. is already operating in Europe, Korea, China, and Singapore through a network of distributors.
O.C.E. Technology has today presented and demonstrated its new artificial intelligence (AI) chip for embedded vision applications at the 2nd European Workshop on On-Board Data Processing. This virtual event is being hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
The new AI chip called hisaor, from the Irish phrase for artificial intelligence (intleacht shaorga), incorporates eight GPUs and 8 neural network accelerators as an AI co-processing unit. Four ARM Cortex-A9 processors are the primary processing unit for the main operating system. Hisaor also includes multiple on-chip camera interfaces and video encoding and decoding units along with multiple high-speed bus interfaces.
Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “Hisaor will enable new space applications to process high-resolution video and hyperspectral on satellites minimising download data quantities and providing faster response to terrestrial data collected from onboard sensors.”
He added, “The hisaor development environment is based on VeriSilicon’s Vivante Acuity™ software tools which make it easy for embedded developers to port their AI models trained in the cloud and execute these models on the chip. I see this as one of the main strengths of the product.”
Hisaor was a joint development with Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science & Technology Co. Ltd. (300053.SZ) and is based on a collection of mature IP from leading companies. Work has also started on porting OCE’s safety-approved real-time operating system OCEOS to the hisaor platform.
O.C.E. Technology is also actively targeting the new technology at non-space applications such as autonomous vehicles, medical devices and intelligent manufacturing.
O.C.E. Technology, an Irish space technology company, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated OCEOS, a new real-time operating system for microcontrollers on spacecraft, at the European Space Agency (ESA).
The OCEOS software occupies a tiny amount of memory and includes the operational checks and recovery procedures required for mission critical subsystems on satellites and other spacecraft.
The software, which is compliant with ESA’s safety category B regulations for spacecraft, is currently available for ESA SPARC processors with conversion to the more popular ARM computer architecture already in progress.
OCEOS is also considered suitable for automobile and medical applications such as engine management, emissions monitoring, therapeutic devices and dialysis machines.
Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “We are very excited to have developed and successfully demonstrated only the second safety category B operating system approved for the European Space Agency. OCEOS has some unique features such as prevention of software deadlocks and precision timing for control outputs. O.C.E. is currently selling to the aerospace market but OCEOS will create new opportunities for the company in other high-growth and global markets such as automotive and medical.”
O.C.E. Technology, headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors.
O.C.E. is already operating in Europe, Korea, China, Russia and Singapore through a network of distributors.
O.C.E., an Enterprise Ireland supported company, also supplies a range of satellite subsystems including solar cells, batteries, and attitude control units. These subsystems are already well proven on the Chinese space programme.
This free-to-attend exhibition will showcase the very latest technology for the designing, manufacturing and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies, bringing together engineers, systems integrators, contractors and suppliers in commercial, government and military space.
“It’s a huge exhibition with a number of potential customers, so it’s the place to be this week”
Jean Yves Le Gall, Chair of the ESA Council and President, CNES
“The show has been really, really good, a huge selection of companies here, it’s a really great opportunity to engage with the wider European space industry”
Becky Morris, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Skyrora
“The Space Tech Expo was the best exhibition I have ever been to!”
Andrea Marchese, Supply Chain Manager, OHB System AG
OCE has released a new version of DMON which offers the following new features:
- Fast multi-core source level debugging using Eclipse TCF protocol
DMON now supports Eclipse Target Communications Framework (TCF) for source level debugging. TCF is a faster and more stable environment for debugging specially for multicore. TCF is being adopted by all major companies offering embedded system debug tools. Xilinx is leading the charge. For more information about DMON’s TCF visit
- ESA Microcontroller (GR716) support
The GR716 features a fault-tolerant LEON3 SPARC V8 processor, communication interfaces and on-chip ADC, DAC, Power-on-Reset, Oscillator, Brown-out detection, LVDS transceivers, regulators to support for single 3.3V supply, ideally suited for space and other high-rel applications. For more information please visit here.
- Improved support for LEON statistics module
The Statistics Unit (L4STAT) is used count events in the LEON4 processor and on the AHB Bus, in order to create performance statistics for various software applications. L4STAT consists of a configurable number of 32-bit counters, which increment on a certain events like cache misses, MMU data holds, branch prediction misses, .etc. For more info visit here.
- New PROM builder GUI
DMON’s new PROM builder GUI facilitates the creation and test of systems to run from PROM. For more info visit here.
- Multilingual Help
DMON now provides help on its commands in multiple languages; Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian(it), Spanish and French.
- Full IDE Install program
OCE now provides an install program to facilitate the setup of the complete Windows IDE environment including Eclipse, compilers, and debug software.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to obtain the latest release of DMON2.
Another five small satellites using OCE technology were launched on Thursday 19 September using a Long March 11 rocket from a mobile platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Four of the five Earth observation satellites are hyperspectral and the other high resolution video. These satellites use OCE’s E698PM as the processor for the main on-board computer and also OCE’s system-in-package memories.
The Zhuhai-1 remote sensing micro-satellite constellation is a commercial satellite constellation built and operated by Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
The first satellites of the Zhuhai-1 satellite constellation were launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, initiating the launch and operation of satellite constellations by private companies in China.
The video satellites have a launch mass of 90 kg and feature a high-resolution video system for earth observation with a spatial resolution of 0.9 m and a swath width of 22.5 km. It can capture video sequences of 120 seconds.
The hyperspectral satellites have a ground resolution of 10 m and a swath width of 150 km. The spectral resolution is 2.5 nm.
All satellites are operating in a 500km sun-synchronous orbit.
The satellite data is being used for more effective and efficient management of natural resources, improved ecological environments, agriculture and rural areas, traffic management, emergency management, urban construction and financial insurance.