Rockwell selects COBALT 904 server to host Stage content service

Rockwell Collins has chosen to integrate Kontron’s COBALT 904 Avionics server with its Venue cabin management and in-flight entertainment system to host its new Stage content service on-board corporate aircraft.
The platform provides airborne applications such as HD video streaming but also enhanced connectivity for crew services or fast content updates via the system’s high speed USB 3.0 data transfer capabilities.
“As an Open Certified Platform, we designed the COBALT 904 Avionics Server to help accelerate our customer’s time-to-market using the latest in embedded technology,” commented Jim Vandesteeg, business line manager of avionics, Kontron. “We are thrilled to enhance our established relationship with Rockwell Collins where they can leverage the scalability and development flexibility this platform offers to meet the specific requirements of a diverse range of business jet deployments.”
The server supports a comprehensive list of interfaces including ARINC 429, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 for high speed content loading, six GbE ports, HDMI, Avionics Discretes, Maintenance Port, RS485/RS422 and Audio used by commercial airlines and business jets.
Kontron’s COBALT 904 Avionics Server is designed to occupy limited physical space. Powered by a COM Express Type 6 computer-on-module that delivers Intel Dual Core i5 performance and a specialised carrier board assembly, it provides highly ruggedised features and power-to-performance optimisation needed for commercial and business jet deployments.
Certification to DO-160G avionics standard for the COBALT 904 is underway and anticipated to be complete in early 2016.

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