Military Embedded Systems

Helicopter cabin computer to be equipped with Abaco hardware


October 15, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  Abaco Systems announced that it has won orders from a major European technology company that will see Abaco's range of hardware platforms be integrated into a new helicopter cabin computer.

According to the company, the requirement was to replace the existing cabin computer, which was based on Abaco's DAQMAG2A high performance rugged display computer which had ceased production, onboard a twin-engined helicopter designed to be suitable for long-range operations.

The challenge was to develop flight deck systems to reduce workload by delivering actionable information based on data acquired from a broad range of sensors and enhancing situational awareness.

The company claims that the new cabin computer would use Abaco's SBC329 3U VPX single board computer and NVP2102 XMC graphics output and video capture board, plus other modules designed by the channel partner.

The initial order is valued at $350,000. Total lifetime value to Abaco of the win is expected to be $1.5 million. Design and integration will take place during 2020 with production scheduled to start in 2021.

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