More Info on Aerospace
A number of innovations and changes are delivering 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.
The computers are increasingly connected by safe Ethernet networks like AFDX (ARINC-664), have to conform to safety levels up to DAL-A and different ARINC or supplier specific standards like GRESS and also the software is subject to standards like ARINC 653 and to DO-178C. Since 2008 MEN is 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.
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 used to implement functional safety. It became our goal to make safe computers modular and available "off the shelf", and to make them certifiable “off the shelf”.
One hazard impacting the architecture for example is cosmic radiation. Cosmic radiation 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.
Quality from the Beginning
Quality in design is a deciding factor for reliability of the electronics for operation, e.g., in-vehicle or during flight. 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 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.
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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Application Examples for Aerospace
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cargo Load Control
The mission-critical control computer of the cargo load system, called loadmaster workstation, is built with double Eurocard boards.
Aerial Refuelling Monitor
A rugged COTS computer board based on CompactPCI acts as the brain of a refueling monitor system.
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.
Earth Image Acquisition
A COTS computer delivers the required processing performance and data throughput for this digital aerial camera control system.
Airstrip Security System Control
This airstrip control system consists of two conduction-cooled 10-slot CompactPCI racks.