Advancing Aircraft Connectivity With A Single Pair Ethernet Solution

Abstract

Today’s aircraft carry more electronics than ever. Designers must fit screens, sensors, data hubs, switches, solid-state drive (SSD) arrays, computers, IFE servers, and other electronics throughout the airframe and cabin. All those electronics require a lot of wiring that significantly affects fuel performance.
 

To be more sustainable, the aircraft cabin network has to evolve—becoming smarter while growing lighter. Standardized cabin network design concepts are being developed and deployed to address SWaP and connectivity challenges. Modular, scalable distributed architectures promise greater flexibility than classic centralized IT network topologies.
 

The starting point for current and future connectivity options is the Ethernet network protocol. Thanks to its versatility, affordability, and universally accepted open standards, Ethernet is evolving at the physical layer to support the SWaP and performance needs of modern aircraft cabin networks.

Advancing Aircraft Connectivity With A Single Pair Ethernet Solution

Abstract

Today’s aircraft carry more electronics than ever. Designers must fit screens, sensors, data hubs, switches, solid-state drive (SSD) arrays, computers, IFE servers, and other electronics throughout the airframe and cabin. All those electronics require a lot of wiring that significantly affects fuel performance.
 

To be more sustainable, the aircraft cabin network has to evolve—becoming smarter while growing lighter. Standardized cabin network design concepts are being developed and deployed to address SWaP and connectivity challenges. Modular, scalable distributed architectures promise greater flexibility than classic centralized IT network topologies.
 

The starting point for current and future connectivity options is the Ethernet network protocol. Thanks to its versatility, affordability, and universally accepted open standards, Ethernet is evolving at the physical layer to support the SWaP and performance needs of modern aircraft cabin networks.