FAA-certified FORCE2C avionics mission computer for flight-critical electronics announced by AMETEK Abaco

March 11, 2024
The FORCE2C is suitable up to Design Assurance Level (DAL) A, the highest level of design assurance applied to airborne software and hardware.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – AMETEK Abaco Systems in Huntsville, Ala., is announcing U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for the company's FORCE2C mission computer, after the hardware passed its final hardware and software stage of involvement (SOI) reviews.

Extensive I/O makes the rugged line replaceable unit (LRU) FORCE2C suitable for high-performance, low-power avionics applications where DO-254 certification for flight-critical electronics hardware is required.

Along with the FAA-certified mission computer, all artifacts for certification are available and comply with the airborne certification guidelines of DO-254 and DO-178C for crewed and unmanned fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, and also are approved for ground-based applications.

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The FORCE2C conduction-cooled, electronics hardware is suitable up to Design Assurance Level (DAL) A, Abaco officials say. This is the highest level of design assurance applied to airborne software and hardware and is required when a failure or malfunction could contribute to a catastrophic failure of the aircraft.

At the heart of the FORCE2C is the QorIQ-based SBC314C single-board computer, which is based on the Power Architecture T2081, and features four processing cores within the power envelope of previous dual-core boards and eight gigabytes of DDR3 SDRAM memory.

I/O capability includes a RAR15XC 3U VPX avionics communications I/O card (MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429), serial I/O and Ethernet modules. The FORCE2C Mission Computer also is for applications developed to the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) guidelines.

For more information contact AMETEK Abaco Systems online at www.abaco.com.

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