1394b Designed into X-47B, Marks Latest Success for FireWire in Aviation Vehicle Management Systems

Dépèche transmise le 12 septembre 2011 par Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new article from the 1394 Trade Association reviews the successful deployment of IEEE 1394b (FireWire) as an aircraft Vehicle Management System (VMS) network, in the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration.

The X-47B, developed by Northrop-Grumman Corp., began as part of DARPA's J-UCAS program, and is now part of the U. S. Navy’s UCAS-D (Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration) program to create a carrier-based unmanned aircraft. The X-47B required a network backbone to provide guaranteed quality of service with predictable latencies in real-time control applications, which it achieves by being coupled with SAE-defined AS5643, the mil 1394b standard.

The X-47B application represents another successful deployment of 1394 in advanced aerospace systems. FireWire also plays a major networking role in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, where more than 70 1394 devices are delivering information about mission details, communication systems, weapon systems, engine controls, and flight controls.

Richard Mourn, an original developer of FireWire and a member of the 1394 Trade Association board of directors, has written a basic review of FireWire’s role in the impressive X-47B from Northrop-Grumman Corp. The article can be found on EE Times’ Military and Aerospace Design Line site at http://www.eetimes.com/design/military-aerospace-design/4219688/UAVs-leverage-IEEE-1394b-data-buses-for-success

It is also available on the 1394 Trade Association website at http://www.1394ta.org/press/WhitePapers/2011_AVMs.html

The 1394 Trade Association is a global standards organization dedicated to the enhancement and advancement of the IEEE1394 standard. For more information visit the 1394 Trade Association website at www.1394ta.org

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