EADS and TTTech Computertechnik AG, of Austria, signed a licensing contract for the Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX) data network, the companies announced Wednesday.
AFDX takes existing Ethernet physical layer technology and, using switched Ethernet in full-duplex mode as a basis, adds deterministic packet delivery, and high-integrity and high-availability mechanisms. AFDX has been implemented in the Airbus A380 and military A400M as well as the Boeing 787. The new A350XWB also will use this technology.
"This agreement is clearly in line with TTTech's strategy of providing comprehensive solutions to our customers. Having the AFDX license gives customers the assurance that TTTech provides fully compliant products," said Kevin Wright, executive vice president, TTTech North America.