Posted on: 14 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Thales has revealed several new technology evolutions for its AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.The company has confirmed that the AVANT screen will now be larger, with in-seat HD displays between 10” and 22” for economy cabins and up to 24” or 32” ultra HD displays for premium cabins. These new screens will also provide a 35% reduction in weight and 20% reduction in power per screen. Finally, the new AVANT in-seat screens are equipped with quad-core processors, USB 3.0 for the charging of personal electronic devices and greater local storage capacity of over 512GB.Additionally, Thales has introduced the next-generation Touch Passenger Media Unit (PMU) controller into its AVANT offering. With a 70% larger 5” multi-touchscreen, this evolution of the Android-based TPMU is equipped with haptic feedback. A point-in-air motion sensor lets the passenger navigate in-flight entertainment content by pointing the TPMU at screen. Thales claims this allows the passenger to both navigate the content through the TPMU whilst keeping the trademark second screen experience.