Posted on: 24 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Kontron has extended its COBALT family of rugged small form factor systems to the commercial aviation industry with the introduction of its COBALT 904 avionics server, which has been designed to provide enhanced reliability and connectivity features within space constrained deployment on regional, business and VIP aircraft.
Weighing less than seven pounds and measuring 8.5” x 5.5” x 3.9”, COBALT 904 uses an Intel fourth generation dual Core i5 processor to enable HD video streaming and enhanced connectivity for crew services and communications. The system’s high speed data transfer capabilities improve data loading via a dedicated USB 3.0 port to connect flight and ground crew and enable fast content updates.
COBALT 904’s sealed, fanless design ensures reliable operation in extreme environmental conditions including extended temperatures, shock, vibration and electromagnetic interference. To ensure long-term availability, Kontron only uses components from its embedded roadmap, protecting OEMs from the risk of un-planned design changes and unexpected application modification.
Kontron’s COBALT family has already been validated on military aircraft and ground vehicles. Certification to the DO-160G avionics standard for compatibility and safety of airborne electronics is underway and anticipated to be completed in early 2016. COBALT 904 software development kits are available now and full production is planned for for the first quarter of next year.
“The COBALT 904 avionics server has seen excellent early response from the market with significant interest coming from both US and European customers,” revealed Andy Mason, vice president of avionics systems and programme management for Kontron. “We have already received orders from two key suppliers of in-flight cabin systems for business aviation as well as from a major business jet airframe manufacturer.”
tKontron is also working together with W. L. Gore & Associates to provide faster access to IFE and reduce weight in the cabin with the use of GORE Ethernet cables. Adrian Milne, Gore’s global product manager for Gore, explained, “Our goal is to provide Kontron with interconnects that are lighter, smaller, and more efficient to help their leading-edge connectivity systems perform at the optimum level.”ttRJ McLaren, Kontron Avionics’ product manager, added, “Ecosystem collaboration is critical when developing next-generation solutions, and Gore’s innovative materials expertise provide an optimal interconnect solution for our high data rate systems.”