Collins Aerospace and Intel team up to redefine the future of flight technology

Collins Aerospace, one of the world’s leading suppliers of aerospace components, has announced a new partnership with technology company Intel to use the latter’s processors in its Perigon flight control computers. The Perigon computers will use Intel’s Atom x6400E processor. The advanced semiconductors will help the Perigon achieve increased computing power, which will be necessary for future applications such as autonomous flying.

President of Power & Controls for Collins Aerospace, Henry Brooks, said:

“Perigon combines decades of Collins’ flight control computing experience with Intel’s industry-leading processing expertise. This powerful combination of advanced technologies will provide customers with a unique, next-gen solution to enable new performance capabilities in future commercial and defense platforms.”

Advanced processors like Intel’s also help aircraft perform better in harsh weather conditions. Photo: Getty Images

Perigon computer gets a significant upgrade

With the ability to integrate Intel’s Atom x6400E processors into the existing Perigon computer, Collins adds a range of advanced capabilities to its product. For starters, the new processor will increase the computing power of the computer by up to 20 times compared to the existing figures. Collins says this unprecedented increase in computing power will help its customers better prepare for tomorrow’s flight control requirements.

Tony Franklin, GM of the Federal and Aerospace Division for Intel Corporation, said:

“We are excited to expand our long-standing relationship with Collins as we work together to enable and simplify the certification of safety-critical aviation systems. The enhanced computing capabilities of the Atom x6400E with Intel’s Airworthiness Evidence Package will play an integral role in enabling Perigon’s support for flight safety and time-critical applications for next-generation aircraft, enabling customers to modernize flight control and vehicle management for the aviation industry of today and tomorrow. applications.”

The best of both worlds, for use in both worlds

Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward for Collins Aerospace in particular and the aerospace industry in general. As it becomes increasingly clear that autonomous technology and reduced pilot tasks will become the new standards in global aviation, it is advanced technologies like this that will make this possible. To that end, Intel Corporation will help certify the Perigon by the FAA using its “Airworthiness Evidence Package.”

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Modern airplanes rely heavily on superior computing power to fly. Photo: Getty Images

State-of-the-art computers such as the Perigon will be used not only in civil aviation, but also in military aircraft. The Perigon is a highly versatile computer that can be easily configured to meet a customer’s specific needs. Some typical applications for this technology outside of civil aviation include sixth generation fighter aircraft, aerial firefighting, and even military rotary wing platforms.

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A few weeks ago, Simple Flying reported on another partnership agreement signed by Collins Aerospace and startup UAV developer Natilus. Through this pact, both companies will work together to build a specialized cargo loading system for Natilus’ upcoming autonomous cargo UAV. It will be interesting to see if the Perigon computer with Intel’s processor also makes its way into this project.

What do you think of this collaboration between Collins Aviation and the Intel Corporation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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