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Kontron Delivers Hughes New Airborne Satcom Modem

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 13, 2016
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Kontron Cobalt 901
Kontron Cobalt 901. Photo: Kontron

[Avionics Today 06-13-2016] Kontron has shipped Hughes Network Systems the first HM200 modem packaged in an enclosure based on Kontron’s Cobalt 901 rugged embedded platform. The Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) satellite communications (satcom) modem solution is now available for a range of deployed defense or commercial environments.

“Kontron’s Cobalt system brings to Hughes a scalable integrated building block architecture for rugged airborne applications that can be readily installed in a wide range of manned and unmanned, fixed or rotary wing platforms,” said Wayne Marhefka, senior director of business development at Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems.

Kontron engineers customized the Cobalt 901 chassis to accommodate the HM200 board subsystem, and the front panel was modified to provide specialized antenna connectors. The result is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS), and Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) satcom solution for a variety of airborne applications. The standard Cobalt 901 offers an Intel Core i7 dual-core processor/carrier board combination with a 28V power supply chain providing aviation-grade filtering and power hold-up capabilities, and a substantial array of front-panel I/O.

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