Kontron’s Cobalt 904 media server chosen by Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins has selected Kontron’s Cobalt 904 media server to host its new Stage content service, and for integration with its Venue CMS/IFE system. Cobalt 904 supports interfaces including ARINC 429, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 (for high-speed content loading), six GbE ports, HDMI, avionics discretes, maintenance port, RS485/RS422, and audio.

“As an Open Certified Platform, we designed the Cobalt 904 avionics server to help accelerate our customer’s time-to-market using the latest in embedded technology,” said Jim Vandesteeg, avionics business line manager at Kontron. “We are thrilled to enhance our established relationship with Rockwell Collins, where they can leverage the scalability and development flexibility this platform offers to meet the specific requirements of a diverse range of business jet deployments.”

Kontron says its Cobalt 904 avionics server is specifically designed for the limited physical space, compact and reliable performance needs of the commercial avionics market. The server is powered by a COM Express (COMe) Type 6 computer-on-module that delivers Intel Dual Core i5 performance and a specialized carrier board assembly. The platform enables airborne applications including HD video streaming, and also connectivity for crew services or content updates via the system’s USB 3.0 data transfer capabilities. Certification to DO-160G avionics standard for the Cobalt 904 is underway and anticipated to be complete in early 2016.

November 23, 2015

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