Edge server platforms for aircrafts showcased

3rd January 2019
Alex Lynn


Vendor of standardised and customised embedded computer boards and modules, congatec, has showcased its new modular airborne computing platforms for connected aircrafts, passenger infotainment, and augmented reality applications at Aeromart Toulouse.

Designed for converged edge servers in aircrafts, the new COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Modules are a perfect fit for content delivery applications to seatback 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 ideal for augmented reality applications in aviation to optimise the navigational capabilities in low visibility areas, and are further applicable in AI-based virtual assistants for improving pilot productivity and efficiency as well as enhancing passengers’ flight experience.

Christian Eder, Director Marketing at congatec, explained: “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.

“With Server-on-Modules, engineers can tailor the performance of their vitalised 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 SWaP-C demands of modern airborne applications thanks 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 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 utilising these COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Modules benefit not only from an application ready processing core that simplifies the design-in of the latest technologies, but also from the complete congatec premium support package for OEM designs.

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