congatec showcases new edge server platforms for aircrafts: more processing power for connected aircrafts, in-flight infotainment and augmented reality in aviation

congatec – a leading vendor of standardised and customised embedded computer boards and modules – showcases its new modular airborne computing platforms for connected aircrafts, passenger infotainment, and augmented reality applications at Aeromart Toulouse (hall 6, stand B24-C25). 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.

“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,” explains Christian Eder, director marketing at congatec. “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 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. One of the company’s greatest strengths is the extensive expertise and passion of its entire team who are dedicated to helping customers day by day to bring their new products most efficiently to market.

The new edge server platforms for aircrafts can be ordered in the following configurations and include personal integration support for OEMs off the shelf:

Processor   Cores   Intel Smart Cache [MB]   Clock/ Burst

[GHz]

  TDP

[W]

  Temperature range
Intel XeonD1577   16   24   1.3 / 2.1   45   0 to +60 °C
Intel XeonD1548   8   12   2.0 / 2.6   45   0 to +60 °C
Intel XeonD1527   4   6   2.2 / 2.7   35   0 to +60 °C
Intel XeonD1559   12   18   1.5 / 2.1   45   -40 to +85 °C
Intel XeonD1539   8   12   1.6 / 2.2   35   -40 to +85 °C
Intel Xeon D1529   4   6   1.3   20   -40 to +85 °C
Intel Pentium D1519   4   6   2.1 / 1.5   25   -40 to +85 °C
Intel Pentium D1508   2   3   2.2 / 2.6   25   0 to +60 °C
Intel Pentium D1509   2   3   1.5   19   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3958   16   16   2.0   31   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3858   12   12   2.0   25   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3758   8   16   2.2   25   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3558   4   8   2.2   16   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3538   4   8   2.1   15   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3808   12   12   2.0   25   -40 to +85 °C
Intel Atom C3708   8   16   1.7   17   0 to +60 °C
Intel Atom C3508   4   8   1.6   11.5   -40 to +85 °C
Intel Atom C3308   2   4   1.6   2.1   0 to +60 °C

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