LONDON Airbus (Toulouse, France) is to buy customized versions of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms' CL11 single board computer.
The initial order is valued in excess of $500,000 but ongoing orders are expected to total around $15 million over the five-year life of the program. The CL11 will be deployed as part of the cabin electronics system onboard Airbus aircraft.
Airbus wanted a blade capable of operation in the harsh environment and extended temperature range of an aircraft, and it should include the I/O (input/output) capabilities required in an aviation application.
The latter capability was developed specifically for Airbus and GE Fanuc was able to demonstrate experience in avionics applications, and an in-depth understanding of Airbus' requirement.
The CL11 is a 3U CompactPCI single board computer that features an Intel Core Duo or Core2 Duo processor. It uses power management technology which eliminates the need for an onboard fan. The board supports up to four PCI Express interfaces, six USB 2.0 ports, two serial ATA ports, optional CompactFlash, VGA/SDVO, and one COM port at the backplane.
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