Airborne servers high-speed networking on aircraft

Paul Boughton

Kontron's next-generation of the ACE Flight 600 general purpose airborne servers product line, helping avionics systems developers fast-track the design to deployment process of best-in-class flight communication and wireless server applications.

The Kontron ACE Flight 600 is a complete, highly integrated application-ready platform that is specifically designed to meet advanced communication application requirements for Ethernet-based network installations on both linefit and retrofit aircraft. Qualified to D0-160F and optimised for a full range of flight information systems, the enhanced Kontron ACE Flight 600 line is an suitable platform to build applications that include: crew and passenger web servers, flight maintenance or manifest servers, connectivity server, wireless content server and In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) servers.

The Kontron ACE Flight 600 integrates the latest dual core 1.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR3 memory and up to 1.8 terabytes (TB) of combined SATA SSD storage to address increased demands in performance, software and data access. It supports extensive connectivity and bandwidth with features including an L2/L3 managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch with 11 externally available 10/100/1000BT ports.

Designed for aircraft environments, this ARINC 600 4MCU form factor system also features 6 Rx/ 3 Tx ARINC 429 channels, six inputs and four outputs of discrete I/O all in a low power, light weight and natural convection cooled and sealed unit.

For easy access and installation, the front panel of the Kontron ACE Flight 600 features GSM USIM access, 2x removable SSDs, VGA, 2x RS-232, USB and 10/100/1000Base T ports. In addition, Linux and Windows operating systems are supported.

Responding to the requirements of the growing market for next-generation avionics flight information systems, the Kontron ACE Flight 600 offers, what we believe, is the highest performing general purpose avionics server on the market today, said Andy Mason, Commercial Avionics Business Line Manager, Kontron. Used in combination with Kontron's Cab-n-Connect wireless access point, this solution provides the resources designers need to develop advanced, high performance video streaming applications in the cabin.

Field evaluation units of the next-generation Kontron ACE Flight 600 airborne server are available now, with full production scheduled for June 2013. Kontron has also developed a portal that provides a library of technical resources for developers. To access the Kontron ACE Flight 600 portal of materials, please visit the Kontron ACE Flight 600 product page.

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