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DECOS - Dependable Embedded COmponents and Systems

DECOS provides a basic enabling middleware technology for integrated distributed architectures and applications of mixed criticality.

DECOS aimed at alleviating the identified five key obstacles to the deployment of advanced electronic functions in embedded systems. These are:

  • Electronic Hardware Cost
  • Diagnosis and Maintenance
  • Dependability
  • Development Cost
  • Intellectual Property Protection


  • Tools for Design, Development, Deployment, Validation & Verification
  • Complete middleware architecture and components
  • Diagnostics infrastructure
  • Prevalidated hardware and software components
  • Basic software building blocks


  • Project duration: July 2004 - December 2007
  • Coordination: AIT
  • Budget: € 14.3 million
  • Funding: € 9 million from the EU
  • Partner: Airbus, Austrian Research Centers, Audi Electronics Venture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Centro Ricerche Fiat, EADS, Esterel Technologies, Hella, Infineon, Liebherr-Aerospace, Profactor, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Technical University Darmstadt, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Thales Avionics, TTTech Computertechnik, University of Kassel, University of Kiel, Vienna University of Technology