Blue Bell, PA | April 28, 2016– MEN Micro Inc. now offers a robust ARINC 600 compliant high speed network server for inflight communications. Pre-integrated and pre-qualified to DO-160G up to the operating system, the versatile MP70S enables aircrafts to achieve new levels of inflight connectivity for wireless data transmission, entertainment, and system maintenance applications.

  • CompactPCI Serial based in-flight network server
  • ARINC 600, 4MCU housing with status display
  • Intel Core i7, quad-core 64-bit processor
  • 16-port managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch
  • Two rugged hot-plug HDD/SSD shuttles with locking support
  • Two antenna interfaces for WiFi and/or 3G/4G cellular interfaces

Application-ready, CPCI Serial-based system for high speed data handling

Using the latest Intel Core i7, quad-core 64-bit processor, the MP70S easily handles the high performance computing and networking requirements of modern avionics applications.

A carrier-grade, managed 16-port Ethernet switch ensures high availability, providing six ports internally and 10 via the ARINC 600 connector.  The new airborne server can simultaneously act as a passenger-accessible wireless access point, while providing a cellular 3G/4G connection for data loading.

Based on CompactPCI Serial, the MP70S is a scalable system offering flexible I/O configuration and long-term availability. Exceptional reliability is ensured through the extremely robust, conduction cooled housing and firmly soldered components as well as the elimination of any maintenance-intensive cables.

The application-ready, general purpose platform is ideal for a variety of inflight applications such as wireless content servers, web or flight maintenance servers, as well as in-flight entertainment systems.

An ARINC 600, 4 MCU housing features a multipurpose OLED display that enables easy viewing of system status, operating instructions, and user-defined data points.

Servicing and maintenance are easily handled through a convenient front panel, which also provides access to two USB 3.0 interfaces for fast, efficient data uploads and internal disk updates. Two hot-pluggable 2.5″ SATA HDD/SSD shuttles, supporting a total storage capacity of 1.8 TB, and two SIM card slots are also accessible via the front panel.

The robust system provides interfaces for ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 as well as discrete I/O for connectivity to legacy aircraft equipment.

  • TE Connectivity’s stamped and formed contact system offers cost and weight savings

Harrisburg, PA | January 7, 2014– TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, now offers new insert arrangements for its ARINC 600 Next Generation Receptacle connectors. These connectors are ideal for commercial and military avionics for air-to-ground communications, in-flight entertainment and collision avoidance, and they deliver significant cost and weight savings.

New insert arrangements that support cost and weight savings include:

  •  60 position for Size 1 ARINC shells
  •  100 and 150 position for Size 2 and Size 3 ARINC shells
  •  120T2 and 68Q2 position for Size 2 and Size 3 ARINC shells

The ARINC 600 Next Generation Receptacle connectors were designed to be lighter and more cost-effective by utilizing a stamped and formed contact system versus the traditional, screw-machined contact system. The stamped system also allows for selectively plating only the critical socket contact tines with gold instead of the whole contact, decreasing gold-plating costs. Weight is also reduced by changing to hollow contacts instead of the solid contacts used in the legacy design. Additionally, moving to a monoblock insert simplified the production process, saving even more.

“Since TE Connectivity first launched the ARINC 600 Next Generation Receptacle connectors in 2010, many commercial and military avionics equipment makers have adopted our stamped and formed signal contact design, realizing significant cost savings as well as additional weight savings for their equipment,” said Kim Whitman, Product Manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity. “Our customers are benefiting from a 10 to 40 percent reduction in cost and up to 10 percent in weight savings per connector.”

The connectors are completely intermatable with existing ARINC 600 plug connectors and deliver equivalent performance as traditional ARINC 600 connectors. TE offers a solder-tail version for complete backwards compatibility with legacy printed circuit board designs. The press-fit (eye of needle) compliant tail version is available for future box designs.