Enhanced processing power for connected aircrafts, in-flight infotainment and AR

11 December 2018

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Congatec have announced their new modular, airborne edge computing platforms for connected aircrafts, passenger infotainment, and augmented reality applications.

Designed for converged edge servers in aircrafts, the new COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Modules are an ideal fit for content delivery applications in seat-back screens and passengers’ mobile devices, as well as for predictive maintenance and other big data applications, video surveillance, and cloud-based flight data recordings.

The platforms are also well-suited to augmented reality applications in aviation, namely to optimise the navigational capabilities in low-visibility areas; plus, they are applicable in AI-based virtual assistants – for improving pilot productivity and efficiency, as well as enhancing passengers’ flight experience.

Said Christian Eder, director marketing at Congatec: “New technology trends, such as the IIoT and 5G over satellite, are disrupting – or will in the near future disrupt – many IT setups in aircrafts.

“Aircraft edge servers will play a major role in this scenario, both in linefit and retrofit applications, and will afford airlines, crews and passengers with a great variety of new services.

From Congatec: the COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Module

“With server-on-modules, engineers can tailor the performance of their virtualised aircraft edge servers perfectly to the given needs, and simply – as well as efficiently – scale the core performance in closed-loop engineering cycles by swapping modules.”

Server-on-modules also help to solve obsolescence issues, as the standardised modules can easily be upgraded in the design. Additionally, the densely-packed robust modules help to optimise the size, weight, power and cooling demands of modern airborne applications: this is due to their compact, lightweight, highly efficient and cost-optimised footprint.

The new edge server platforms for aircrafts are based on the COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Module standard specified by the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) and are equipped with Intel Atom, Pentium and Xeon processors. They meet all requirements for operating in harsh airborne environments, including support of the extended temperature ranges, as well as high shock and vibration resistance.

Providing optional coating for humidity resistance, they are qualified to meet extended environmental standards. Engineers who utilise these COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Modules benefit from an application-ready processing core that simplifies the design-in of the latest technologies.

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