APEX2015: Kontron shows next-generation IFEC products

Kontron's RJ McLaren and the Cab-n-Connect A100.
Kontron’s RJ McLaren and the Cab-n-Connect A100.

Kontron has announced that several commercial airlines and business jet customers plan to deploy its next-generation avionics products.

The planned installations come on the back of the recent launch of Kontron’s ACE Flight Server 4600, featuring a 4G LTE modem for enhanced ground connectivity, and its Cab-n-Connect™ A100 wireless access point (CWAP) that forms the backbone of on-board Wi-Fi systems.

The ACE Flight 4600 with 4G LTE connectivity is qualified to D0-160G and optimized for a full range of flight information systems.

It provides an ideal platform to build a whole range of services including crew and passenger web, flight maintenance or manifest, connectivity, wireless content and IFE.

The Cab-n-Connect A100, based on the latest IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, delivers increased data throughput and multiple technology advancements that include 3X3 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) performance with dual integrated Wi-Fi radios (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and three spatial data streams per radio.

Kontron's Cab-n-Connect product.
Kontron’s Cab-n-Connect product.

RJ McLaren, Kontron Avionics Product Manager, said: “As a premier supplier of avionics solutions, Kontron’s focus is on the integration of 4G LTE and 802.11ac high-speed connectivity technologies into our proven computing systems.

“These important building blocks allow our customers to deliver complete solutions that not only match today’s passenger connectivity and media expectations for an elevated entertainment experience, but also satisfy cockpit, maintenance operations and crew service communications needs from a single, trusted source.”

Both the Kontron ACE Flight Server 4600 with 4G LTE and the Cab-n-Connect A100 supporting 802.11ac are available now with PMA certification planned by Q4 2015.

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