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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rockwell Collins Launches New Mission Computer

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[Avionics Today May 20, 2014] During the 2014 ILA Berlin Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced a new family of flight and mission computers, the FMC 4000 series. 

FMC 4200. Photo, courtesy of Rockwell Collins.

 
Complying with both commercial and military environmental requirements, Rockwell Collins is making the FMC-4000 available for fixed wing, rotorcraft and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  Airbus Helicopters was announced as a launch customer for the new computer series, selecting the FMC-4212. 
 
The company used an open architecture featuring a multicore processor and hardware to design the FMC 4000 to allow airframe manufacturers to equip aircraft for dual use applications and many different interface requirements, according to Claude Alber, vice president and managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins. 
 
During the 2014 Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee-Avionics Maintenance Conference (AEEC | AMC) in Toronto, Paul J. Prisaznuk, head of ARINC standards development, said he believes multicore processors are one of the key components of the future of avionics development. 
 

“Our FMC-4000 flight and mission computer seamlessly connects systems and applications on board, allowing pilots to control overall aircraft functionality,” said Alber. 

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