VME technology from Abaco Systems to support European fighter aircraft fleet tech upgradeNews
October 02, 2020
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Abaco Systems has received orders from a major prime contractor to support the upgraded computing capability of a European nation’s fleet of 70 fighter aircraft.
Under the terms of the $4.5 million, nearly two-year contract, two of Abaco’s rugged 6U VME Power Architecture-based single-board computers (SBCs) will lie at the core of each multiprocessor onboard mission computer.
According to information from Abaco Systems, its new SBCs will enable four boards to be replaced by two, both simplifying the upgrade and creating valuable onboard space for additional functionality.
Each SBC carries a graphics processor capable of delivering the specific resolution (780 x 780) of the aircrafts' cockpit multifunction display. Functionality enabled by these onboard computers -- which Abaco officials say leverage the real-time capabilities of Wind River Systems’ VxWorks -- includes storage and processing of digital maps, processing of synthetic tactical information, control of graphics and displays, and the ability to fuse data provided by the aircraft’s sensors.