Audio/Video Distribution Hardware for Inflight Entertainment System

Inflight entertainment system incorporating media server functions with multiple video and audio channels, multiple LANs, power conversion, system management, temperature sensing in a rugged COM Express carrier design.

The Client

Client is a leader in aviation electronic solutions for aerospace and defense companies.They specialize in communications, cabin management, information management and services.

The Need

The client wanted to develop a new Digital Programmable Audio Video Entertainment System (dPAVES). dPAVES is an in-flight entertainment system that brings digital technology to the aircraft cabin while using less weight, power and volume than previous products. It also represents a significant improvement in audio and video resolution.

The RightHand Solution

Arrow contracted RightHand Technologies to help with the design for Rockwell Collins’ new Digital Programmable Audio Video Entertainment System (dPAVES).

dPAVES is an in-flight entertainment system that brings digital technology to the aircraft cabin while using less weight, power and volume than previous products. It also represents a significant improvement in audio and video resolution.

RightHand Technologies’ task was to develop a custom carrier board for the dPAVES that incorporated many media server functions, such as multiple video and audio channels, multiple LANs, power conversion, system management, temperature sensing and more. The system needed to be lightweight, low cost and rugged enough to withstand the rigors of in-flight use – all while consuming as little power as possible.

The unit also required a high degree of integration for high reliability, and it needed to run the client’s moving map application, which was extremely processor intensive.

The Results

The carrier board RightHand Technologies designed met the clients’ criteria, and dPAVES is being used in numerous airlines’ commercial aircrafts and on private business jets.

The product has been so well received that RightHand Technologies had to significantly increase production to meet the demand.