October 26, 2016 – Kontron, a provider of embedded computing technology (ECT), has added an eight-core ACE Flight 4608 model to its range of airborne servers. Claimed to bring ‘datacenter-grade’ performance to commercial aircraft, the model can act as a server platform for a range of flight information systems including crew and passenger web servers, flight maintenance or manifest servers, connectivity server, wireless content server, and IFE servers.
The Kontron ACE Flight 4608 integrates the Intel Xeon processor D-1539 (1.6GHz) and includes 32GB of ECC DDR4 memory and up to 1.6TB of fixed SATA SSD storage and two removable SDDs with up to 1.6TB of storage each.
“The ACE Flight 4608 makes the connected aircraft of the future a reality today. With it, developers can solve a broad range of computing issues with a single platform solution that supports virtualization,” said Kontron’s head of avionics, Jim VandeSteeg. “Not only does it satisfy increased demands for satellite and broadband-based connectivity services onboard, it can also support real-time data sharing with ground personnel including advanced capabilities such as data analytics and fast video transfers.”
In other Kontron news, the FAA has awarded the Cab-n-Connect A100 cabin wireless access point (CWAP) a Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) Supplement for multiple aircraft models including the Boeing 737-700, 737-800, 767-200, 767-300, Airbus A330-300, A320-200, and Embraer ERJ 190-100. Receiving the PMA Supplement certifies the use of Cab-n-Connect’s on aircraft and streamlines their deployment in commercial aircraft installations worldwide.