ASHLEY – Avionics Systems Hosted on a Distributed Modular Electronics Large Scale Demonstrator for Multiple Type of Aircraft

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In our department “III-V - Epitaxy and Solar Cells” photovoltaic converters for monochromatic light have been developed for many years. Beside cell development and optimization, we have experience in packaging and system integration. Within the ASHLEY project we work on the optimization and system integration of laser power converters for a power-by-light module in aircrafts.

In search for a more competitive, multiple types of aircrafts, IMA based, avionics platform solution, the European aerospace industry has recently initiated the IMA2G paradigm thanks to the EC funded SCARLETT project.

This latter successfully validated a first underlying set of IMA2G concepts (Separate Core Processing resources from I/O resources, introduce resource segments typology of electronics solutions, provide platform services layer to function supplier etc.), thus creating the expected DME breakthrough to lay IMA2G solid rock foundations.

To make the most of DME potential, ASHLEY will carry out research on top of the existing state-of-the-art and focus on the following areas where most innovations are expected:

  • Extension of DME concepts and solutions to other aircraft domains especially the AISD, or open world, and the cabin domain, leading to the definition of DME security components.
  • Extension of DME common remote I/O management resources to Secondary Power Distribution and additional Time and Safety Critical aircraft systems such as High Lift.
  • Multi-domain, secured Data Distribution services to streamline aircraft data distribution.
  • Development of an efficient system designer oriented IMA2G Tooling Framework solution that remains compliant with IMA2G industrial and certification constraints.
  • Development of a generation of digital smart actuators and sensors, including those based on new advanced photonics technologies.

ASHLEY innovations will be supported by advanced processes, methods and tools for an efficient implementation in the future and validated thanks to the ASHLEY Large Scale aircraft representative Demonstrator.

By progressing as described above the European Industry will be in a position to offer a common secured multi-domain avionics platform solution across a worldwide range of aircraft types, at a higher level of maturity at entry into service.

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