Collins Aerospace and Intel bring Atom x6400E series processor to avionics

April 19, 2022
The processor will support customers’ flight control and vehicle management needs across a range of commercial and defense platforms.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Collins Aerospace in Charlotte, N.C. have announced its Perigon computer will be the first certified aviation solution to use the Intel Atom x6400E processor. The processor will support customers’ flight control and vehicle management needs across a range of commercial and defense platforms.

Collins Aerospace says that utilizing capabilities like single pilot and autonomous operations, future aircraft will require an order of magnitude increase in onboard computing power. Supported by Intel’s Atom x6400E, Perigon will deliver 20 times the processing power of Collins’ existing flight control computers and allow customers to load a variety of complex software applications, including fly-by-wire and autonomous flight control.

In addition, Atom x6400E will strengthen Perigon’s ability to operate in harsh aircraft thermal environments by minimizing its power consumption and heat generation. The Intel Airworthiness Evidence Package will also help make Perigon FAA certifiable to facilitate aircraft level certification.

“Perigon connects decades of experience in flight control computing from Collins with industry-leading processing expertise from Intel,” said Henry Brooks, president, Power & Controls for Collins Aerospace. “This powerful combination of cutting-edge technologies will provide customers with a unique, next-gen solution to enable new performance capacity in future commercial and defense platforms.”

“We’re pleased to expand our longstanding relationship with Collins, as we work together to enable and simplify the certification of safety-critical aviation systems,” said Tony Franklin, GM of the Federal and Aerospace Division for Intel Corporation. “The Atom x6400E’s enhanced computing capabilities with Intel’s Airworthiness Evidence Package will play an integral role in enabling Perigon’s support of flight safety and time-critical applications for the next generation of aircraft, allowing customers to modernize their flight control and vehicle management for today’s and tomorrow’s aviation applications.”

Perigon has broad potential applications from commercial air transport, to sixth-gen fighters, to the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program, to aerial firefighting. Depending on the customer’s needs, Perigon can be configured as simplex, duplex or triplex redundant, and will be available for commercial or military rotary and fixed wing platforms.

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