September 27, 2017 – Telefonix has been selected to develop the Airborne Modem Controller Unit (AMCU) for Gogo’s next-generation ATG network, which is slated for North American availability in 2018. The AMCU is an evolution of the Airborne Controller Processor Unit 2 (ACPU2), which enables Gogo’s next-generation ATG service while maintaining the footprint of currently installed electronics. The AMCU will incorporate a proprietary modem that utilizes LTE technology in the unlicensed 2.4GHz band to provide peak speeds of more than 100Mbps.
To fully enable Gogo’s new network, the modular AMCU features a quad-core Intel Xeon processor for advanced processing, and supports both ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 data bus interfaces, a managed multi-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, avionic discretes, an 802.11g/a/n/ac Wi-Fi client, 4G/LTE Terrestrial modem, and an extended onboard multi-Terabyte SSD storage capability, all packaged in an ARINC 600, 6 MCU chassis. The cornerstone of the AMCU is Gogo’s ATG modem; the AMCU chassis is being designed to complement the modem’s unique mechanical, electrical and thermal requirements.
According to Telefonix, its development team is on schedule to meet Gogo’s development and installation schedule, with planning underway for DO-160G qualification, with a final delivery expected in Q2 in 2018.