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  • MP70S - ARINC 600 IFEC Network Server

    The application-ready MP70S is a DO-160G qualified general purpose airborne device for high-speed network applications based on the modular CompactPCI Serial standard.

  • D602 – Triple-redundant PowerPC Safe Computer

    The D602 is a CompactPCI COTS computer with onboard functional safety, supporting triple redundancy to achieve fail-operational, fault-tolerant behavior.

  • CS1 – AFDX/ARINC-664 IP in FPGA

    The CS1 FPGA features a DAL-A certifiable AFDX interface, that is also extendable to AFDX/CAN, AFDX/ETH, AFDX/ARINC 429 gateway solutions.

  • G25A – Multicore Intel Xeon D CPU Board

    The G25A is a multicore server grade virtualization platform for cabin functions based on the modular CPCI Serial standard, supporting Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.0, SATA, and PCI-E rear I/O interfaces.

From AFDX to IFEC Airborne Server – Certified Reliability for Aerospace Systems

A number of innovations and changes deliver new capabilities to aircraft operations. Modern aircraft are equipped with a multitude of electronic components. There is also a multitude of standards that must be fulfilled when designing an avionics hardware solution.

Since 2008 MEN has been certified to the EN 9100 aerospace standard giving us long experience in the special design requirements. MEN’s avionic designs benefit from our core competencies such as modular concepts, flexible FPGA architectures and robust designs. To fulfill the aerospace-specific standards MEN works with different kinds of airborne proven components and technologies. Our custom airborne solutions and many of our COTS products have already been successfully implemented and are in use in different avionic applications – partly with certification up to DAL-B. We are in close collaboration with software suppliers and achieve EASA license part 21 and 145 through certified partners.

COTS Products for Aerospace

CS1 – FPGA with Integrated AFDX/ARINC-664
The CS1 is a FPGA chip with AFDX-protocol which can be adapted to AFDX/CAN, AFDX/Standard Ethernet, AFDX/ARINC 429 gateway solutions.
 
  • AFDX functionality integrated in a Flash based FPGA
  • SEU immune configuration
  • On-board AFDX protocol stack implementation
  • Interoperable with Airbus and Boeing
  • DAL-D certifiable/prepared for DAL-A
  • Host driver with ARINC-653 compliant port API
  • Integrated SNMP/ICMP agent
  • Implemented on the P522 AFDX Interface PMC
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P522 – AFDX/ARINC-664 Interface PMC
The P522 is a 32bit/33MHz PMC module with AFDX/ARINC-664 functionality. AFDX is a reliable, high-speed data bus commonly used in airborne applications for sending information between avionics subsystems. Its most important features are high data...
 
  • Two full duplex AFDX networks
  • Onboard AFDX End System protocol stack implementation
  • Interoperable with Airbus and Boeing
  • DAL-D certifiable FPGA implementation
  • Onboard CPU for SNMP and ICMP traffic
  • Host driver with ARINC-653 compliant port API
  • -40 to +85°C with qualified components
  • 32-bit/33-MHz PMC
  • Based on CS1 AFDX Interface Chip
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A602 – PowerPC Safe Computer
The A602 is a 6U, 64-bit VME COTS computer, certifiable up to SIL 4 and DAL-A, with triple redundancy for functional safety on a single board to achieve fail-operational, fault-tolerant behavior.
 
  • 3x PowerPC 750 (lockstep mode), 3x 512 MB DDR RAM
  • Fail-operational, fault-tolerant behavior
  • Fail-safe and fail-silent board architecture
  • Clustering of two A602 to raise availability
  • Board management, BITE
  • SEU (radiation) tolerant
  • Certifiable up to SIL 4 (with report from TÜV SÜD) and DAL-A
  • Developed according to RTCA DO-254, EN 50129 and IEC 61508
  • EN 50155 compliance
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D602 – PowerPC Safe Computer
The D602 is a 6U, CompactPCI COTS computer, certifiable up to SIL 4 and DAL-A, with triple redundancy for functional safety on a single board to achieve fail-operational, fault-tolerant behavior.
 
  • 3x PowerPC 750 (lockstep mode), 3x 512 MB DDR RAM
  • Fail-operational, fault-tolerant behavior
  • Fail-safe and fail-silent board architecture
  • Clustering of two D602 to raise availability
  • Board management, BITE
  • SEU (radiation) tolerant
  • Certifiable up to SIL 4 (with report from TÜV SÜD) and DAL-A
  • Developed according to RTCA DO-254, EN 50129 and IEC 61508
  • EN 50155 compliance
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CB70C – Rugged COM Express with Intel Core i7
The CB70C is a conduction-cooled VITA 59 Rugged COM Express type 6 module controlled by a third generation Intel Core i7 (gen 3).
 
  • Intel Core i7, 3rd generation
  • Quad-core 64-bit processor
  • Up to 16 GB DDR3 DRAM, ECC, soldered
  • Board Management Control
  • Active Management Technology
  • Open CL 1.1 support
  • 9 V to 16 V extended input range
  • -40°C to +85°C Tcase screened, depending on processor
  • Conduction cooling
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MP70S – ARINC 600 IFEC Network Server
The application ready, cPCI Serial based MP70S, is a DO-160G qualified, SWaP-C optimized general purpose device for high speed network applications inside an aircraft, such as in-flight entertainment, wireless content server, web servers or flight...
 
  • ARINC 600, 4 MCU housing with status display
  • Intel Core i7, quad-core 64-bit processor
  • 16-port managed Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • CompactPCI Serial technology
  • 2 rugged hot-plug HDD/SSD shuttles with locking support
  • 2 antenna interfaces for Wi-Fi and/or 3G/4G cellular interfaces
  • 2 USB 3.0 interfaces for fast data loading
  • Multipurpose OLED graphic display
  • Display port, USB 3.0, GB Ethernet and 2 SIM card slots accessible via the front flap
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CC10S – ARM i.MX 6 SBC for Control of Multiple 7" to 15" Displays
CC10S is a small-footprint multi-display controller for 7-15" panels based on the NXP (Freescale) ARM i.MX 6 for driver desks and in-seat displays in trains/buses, aircraft, medical devices or HMIs.
 
  • For LCD TFT panels from 7" to 15", Full HD
  • Dual-channel LVDS or two single channels, with 2 independent screen contents
  • NXP ARM i.MX 6 Series
  • Multi-stream-capable HD video engine, OpenCL support
  • Maximum resolution 1920 x 1200
  • Up to 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, eMMC multimedia card
  • 1 Gb Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0, 1 UART-to-USB
  • Power supply 9 to 16 VDC (12 V nom.)
  • -40°C to +85°C screened
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XM51 – ESMexpress COM with PowerPC QorIQ P4080
The XM51 is a multi-core computer-on-module (COM) based on the NXP (formerly Freescale) PowerPC QorIQ P4080, P4040 or P3041 processor and optimized for avionics applications.
 
  • NXP QorIQ P4080, P4040 or P3041
  • Power Architecture e500mc CPU
  • Up to 8 cores, up to 1.5 GHz
  • Up to 16 GB ECC DDR3 SDRAM, 1 or 2 controllers
  • Up to 128 KB FRAM, up to 256 MB Flash
  • 2 Gb Ethernet, 4 USB 2.0, 1 USB client
  • 2 SATA (3 Gbit/s), 2 PCIe x1 (5 Gbit/s)
  • U-Boot Universal Boot Loader
  • -50°C to +85°C Tcase with qualified components
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G214 – Multi-Display Controller
The G214 is a multi-display controller based on the AMD Radeon E6760 GPU (graphics processing unit), realized as 4HP/3U CompactPCI Serial peripheral board to provide high-end graphics to CompactPCI Serial systems.
 
  • AMD Radeon E6760 GPU, 600 MHz
  • 6 SIMD engines, 480 shaders
  • 1 GB integrated graphics RAM
  • AMD EyeSpeed, Eyefinity and HD3D technologies
  • DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1
  • Up to 6 DisplayPort (4 DP 1.2, 2 DP 1.1a)
  • Max. resolution 4096x2560 at 60 Hz, 24 bpp or 3840x2400 at 60 Hz, 30 bpp
  • 1 PCIe x8 CPU interface
  • PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial peripheral card
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G23 – Intel Core i7 4th gen CPU Board
The G23 is a versatile 4HP/3U single-board computer supporting a multitude of modern serial interfaces according to the CompactPCI Serial standard. It is thus perfectly suited for data-intensive applications which require high computing-power.
 
  • Intel Core i7, 4th generation
  • Quad-core 64-bit processor
  • 4 HP system master and peripheral slot
  • PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial
  • Up to 32 GB DDR3 DRAM soldered, ECC
  • mSATA and microSD card slots
  • Standard front I/O: 2 DisplayPorts, 2 Gb Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0
  • Standard rear I/O: 7 PCIe, 8 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 5 SATA, DisplayPort/HDMI
  • Rear I/O via mezzanine board: up to 8 Gigabit Ethernet
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G25A – Intel Xeon D CPU Board
The G25A is a 4HP/3U CPCI Serial CPU card with an Intel Xeon D-1500 processor, supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, SATA, PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet rear I/O interfaces.
 
  • Intel Xeon D-1500 (Broadwell DE)
  • Up to 16 cores
  • Up to 32 GB DDR4 DRAM soldered, ECC
  • 2 10 Gb Ethernet, 1 Gb Ethernet, 1 USB 3.0, 1 RS232 for configuration
  • 4 HP system master and peripheral slot
  • PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial
  • microSD card slot
  • Standard rear I/O: 28 PCIe lanes, 2 USB 3.0, 6 SATA, 4 Gb Ethernet
  • VGA, RS232, RS422/485 and USB 3.0 available on special I/O board
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G101 – Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch with Uplink
Managed 3U flexible multiport Gigabit Switch, with a 29 GBit/s Switch matrix, implemented as a CompactPCI Serial board.
 
  • Managed rugged Ethernet switch
  • Up to 25 Gigabit Ethernet ports on rear I/O
  • Or 3 ports on front and up to 22 ports on rear
  • 29 Gbit/s carrier grade switch matrix
  • Special switch protocols
  • -40 to +85C with qualified components
  • EN 50155 class TX compliant (railways)
  • PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial system slot and peripheral card
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G302 – Managed 16-Port Rugged Industrial Ethernet Switch
The G302 is a rugged managed 3U Gigabit Ethernet switch implemented as a CompactPCI Serial board with up to 16 Ethernet ports.
 
  • Managed 16-port rugged Ethernet switch
  • Up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports on rear I/O
  • Or 3 ports on front and up to 13 ports on rear
  • Configuration via Telnet CLI, SNMP ver. 3 or external dongle
  • Service interface via M12
  • LEDs for front port and board states
  • -40 to +85C with qualified components
  • EN 50155 class TX compliant (railways)
  • PICMG CPCI-S.0 CompactPCI Serial system slot and peripheral card
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The Right Partner for Aerospace Systems

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Quality from the Beginning

MEN works according to the V-model and the RAMS method (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) to ensure that systems are defined, hazard and safety analyses are carried out, hazard rates are determined and detailed checks as well as safety verifications are made.

Quality in design is a deciding factor for the reliability of the electronics for in-vehicle operation or during the flight, for example. During the design process, the reliability of the electronics has to be defined under given environmental impacts and for a desired period of time.

MEN works according to the V-model and the RAMS method (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) to ensure that systems are defined, hazard and safety analyses are carried out, hazard rates are determined and detailed checks as well as safety verifications are made.

Hazard and safety analysis methods range from the well-known MTBF and MTBR calculations to FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) and BITE identification as well as Fault Tree Analysis, which are all used to achieve the RAMS goals.

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Certified Safety

MEN has gathered vast experience with various architectures, which are used for implementing functional safety.

It is one thing to make a system safe, but another to make it safe and cost-effective. MEN has gathered vast experience with various architectures, which are used for implementing functional safety. It has become our goal to make safe computers modular and available “off the shelf”– and to make them certifiable “off the shelf”.

One of the key design elements of a safety-critical system is redundancy. The complex architecture of such systems requires the skills and the experience to find cost-optimized solutions that are also safe.

Cosmic radiation is one example for a hazard impacting the architecture, as it can cause memory errors in airborne applications. Special, well-known design techniques can prevent effects like Single Event Upsets (SEU) in FPGA and memory components. In order to automatically detect and correct single bit errors Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR) can be employed.

A safe system architecture, both in hardware and in software, can have different structures of redundant sub-units, enhanced by diversity, and considering the relation between safety, availability and cost. Other considerations to achieve functional safety include supervisors, determinism and event logging.

Safe computers from MEN operate with different kinds of onboard redundancy according to their needs in hardware and in software resulting in fail-safe, fail-silent or fail-operational solutions. They help customers shorten their time to market by providing market-specific certification support packages in combination with safe real-time operating system support.

Due to our experience in safety-critical avionic applications we support customers in their end-system certification process. Some of our COTS products are already prepared for certification up to DAL-A reducing development and certification costs with a fast time-to-market.

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Robustness

MEN‘s rugged and reliable embedded computers withstand harsh environments with extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, dust, humidity and chemical influence.

MEN‘s rugged and reliable embedded computers withstand harsh environments with extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, dust, humidity and chemical influence.

MEN‘s electronics are designed for –40 °C to +85 °C and dissipate heat by convection or conduction cooling. The latter makes the enclosure itself a heat radiator and lowers maintenance efforts as well as protects the electronics from dust and water.

Our own environmental test laboratory helps us monitor and prove the quality of the products, among others using HALT and HASS. To achieve the highest quality, the fully automated production is done in-house and includes traceability.

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Long-Term Availability with COTS Products

The combination of modular and scalable hardware platforms – with form-fit-function successor boards, a comprehensive obsolescence management and in-house production – guarantees that a perfectly reliable product can be delivered for an operation period of up to 30 years.

With modular products based on open standards, MEN supports the effort of the aerospace industry to migrate from the federated architecture based on black boxes to IMA, the Integrated Modular Avionics concept.

The new IMA system architecture uses general purpose avionics or aerospace computers that are defined as a platform. Similar to an industrial PC, the platform itself does not perform any aircraft function, but provides communication, computing and storage resources to the airborne applications.

The combination of modular and scalable hardware platforms – with form-fit-function successor boards, a comprehensive obsolescence management and in-house production – guarantees that a perfectly reliable product can be delivered for an operation period of up to 30 years.

 

 

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Time-to-Market with Building Blocks

MEN’s COTS components are based on open standards in software and hardware. Due to the extensive use of FPGA designs and our own IP core library complex and customizable architectures are possible.

For modern airborne systems it is important to provide the ability for upgrades and modifications with minimized cost during long product life-cycles. This is why our systems are based on modular concepts.

MEN’s COTS components are based on open standards in software and hardware. Due to the extensive use of FPGA designs and our own IP core library complex and customizable architectures are possible.

Many of the building blocks, like a DDR memory voter, CPU voter, PCI master and slave, are already flight-proven at DAL-B. Some of them, like ARINC 664P7, are prepared for DAL-D.

On board level we often follow a family concept with scalable processor platforms, individual I/O configurations and form-fit-function-compliant successor boards again providing long-term availability.

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Software Support

Software for avionics is also subject to many standards like ARINC 653 and DO-178C. MEN components can be or are supported by BSPs developed accordingly for the most important real-time operating systems.

Software for avionics is also subject to many standards like ARINC 653 and DO-178C. MEN components can be or are supported by BSPs developed accordingly for the most important real-time operating systems.

For safety-related platforms Sysgo’s PikeOS and various flavors of Wind River’s VxWorks as well as Green Hills Integrity are available.

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AFDX-based Ethernet Communication

As computing needs have increased, AFDX was established to provide a commercially proven hardware technology that applies a protocol to enable reliable transport, delivery and timing of data packets between subsystems. AFDX also adds quality of service functions and physical redundancy and is standardized in ARINC 664, part 7.

As computing needs have increased, AFDX was established to provide a commercially proven hardware technology that applies a protocol to enable reliable transport, delivery and timing of data packets between subsystems. AFDX also adds quality of service functions and physical redundancy and is standardized in ARINC 664, part 7.

While most aircraft end systems in avionic applications have traditionally used ASICs to implement AFDX-based communication, the FPGA-based CS1 AFDX controller from MEN is a flexible alternative. It offers the same performance and capacity level as traditional ASICs and is also far more flexible when implementing additional functionality.

The CS1 can be installed directly on the boards of an end system that enables customized AFDX-based communication systems independent of a form factor. Developed according to ARINC 664P7-1 to meet the demands of safety-critical avionic applications, the CS1 FPGA chip is SEU-resistant, DO-254-compliant and is prepared to meet the requirements for DAL-A.

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CompactPCI Serial Reaches out into Space

Being significantly involved in the standard specifications of CompactPCI, CompactPCI PlusIO and CompactPCI Serial, MEN, together with PICMG, will also coordinate a working group to extend the current CompactPCI Serial specification by a sub-standard covering the specific requirements for space applications.

Being significantly involved in the standard specifications of CompactPCI, CompactPCI PlusIO and CompactPCI Serial, MEN, together with PICMG, will also coordinate a working group to extend the current CompactPCI Serial specification by a sub-standard covering the specific requirements for space applications.

Topics include additional serial interconnections common in aerospace and provisions for high availability, fault detection and environmental requirements.

Application Examples for Aerospace

  • Cargo Load Control

    The mission-critical control computer of the cargo load system, called loadmaster workstation, is built with double Eurocard boards.


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  • Aerial Refuelling Monitor

    A rugged COTS computer board based on CompactPCI acts as the brain of a refueling monitor system.


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  • Cockpit Display Computer

    A rugged Computer-On-Module is the heart of all kinds of airborne video and control displays that are necessary for the information of the pilot.


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  • Earth Image Acquisition

    A COTS computer delivers the required processing performance and data throughput for this digital aerial camera control system.


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  • Airstrip Security System Control

    This airstrip control system consists of two conduction-cooled 10-slot CompactPCI racks.


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  • CPCI Serial Collision Avoidance System

    This CompactPCI-Serial-based UAV system is used for optical control of the air space for collision avoidance with civil aircraft.


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  • FPGA-based Passenger Dial Unit

    The multi-touch controller implemented in an FPGA chip allows airline passengers to adjust various settings for multimedia functions from their seats.


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  • ARINC 600 In-Flight Entertainment Server

    The ARINC 600-compliant IFE-server is used for media streaming within commercial aircrafts and comes with two hot-pluggable hard drive shuttles.


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  • Computer-on-Module for Flight Display Control

    The customized PowerPC-based Computer-on-Module is used for control of various types of displays for new and retrofit projects in commercial aircraft.


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  • Multiport Gigabit Switch for Aircraft Entertainment Server

    The G101 standard managed switch card is used in an in-flight entertainment server connected in a network ring topology for increased reliability.


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