iWave Introduces ARINC-664/AFDX IP Core: The Next Generation Interconnect, For Mission-Critical Applications


With the increase in complexity of flight-critical systems, the need for systems with minimal deployment rate and implementation costs have driven industries to explore off-the-shelf technology that can provide high bandwidth, reliable real-time communication between the systems. This lead to the initiation of Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet(AFDX) technology, enabling greater potential use of off-the-shelf hardware, thereby reducing cost and development time.

The AFDX is an Ethernet technology that was derived from standards IEEE802.3 Ethernet MAC, IP, and UDP to achieve deterministic behavior for avionics applications. With deterministic communication playing a significant role in offering reliable data exchange with data transmission time guarantees in the internal communication of the aircraft, this technology proved its prominence deployed in various commercial aircraft from Airbus, Boeing, Comac, and Sukhoi superjet, Bombardier, etc.

iWave Systems, the leading FPGA design house and a global leader in ARINC video protocol offers, Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet(AFDX) IP to provide reliable, high-speed communication in-flight critical applications.

The key features include:

  • Designing AFDX end systems allowing avionics subsystems to communicate with other avionics computer systems
  • Offer quality of service ensuring that particular categories of traffic always flow across the network to which they are entitled, regardless of competing demand
  • Support high integrity
  • UDP/IP profiled communication layer implemented in hardware
  • Support virtual link management to build virtual connections for both sides of the communication
  • Support redundancy management, tolerant to transmission and link failures in the network for reliable delivery of data
  • Dedicated bandwidth for regulating traffic control
  • Full implementation flexibility through industry-standard AXI interfaces for data and control

iWave Systems assures the user with the delivery of the IP core, warranted against defects from purchase, and dedicated technical support provided through Email, Skype, or Phone call on a need basis. The core is available in synthesizable FPGA Netlist forms that include everything required for a successful implementation, including software drivers & libraries to support AFDX protocol, simulation scripts, and synthesis scripts.

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