Flight 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, e.g. primary flight, multi-function and navigation displays, radar indicators, engine instrument and situational awareness displays, or the electronic flight bag.
The 4/8-core PowerPC-based COM is designed according to DO-254 for safety level DAL-A. It is specified for a permanent operation temperature of -40 to +70°C (and one hour up to +85°C) as well as shock, vibration and humidity according to DO-160E. The robust module supports conductive cooling with the electronics completely embedded in an aluminum frame and cover, thus making it also 100% EMC-proof.
Application-specific I/Os are implemented in the on-board FPGA which accommodates IP cores certified to DAL-A. The graphics application is implemented on the carrier boards built by the supplier of the cockpit displays. The FPGA content as well as the mechanical outfit and the interfaces of the carrier board flexibly vary with the dedicated function of the corresponding display units.
Standard Components Used in this Example
The XM51 is a rugged Computer-On-Module (COM) of the ESMexpress family featuring a QorIQ P4080, P4040 or P3041 CPU. It is designed for avionics, industrial automation, medical computers, in-vehicle computers, and embedded computers in transportation. The XM51 supports conductive cooling technology and is 100% EMC proof.