The aerospace industry is undergoing a massive change to its communications network.
With the evolution of technology, the demand for complex computing systems and high-speed data transfer will become a necessity in the aerospace industry and the ability to quickly adapt to this transmission will become imperative. Many aerospace designers are making decisions about how to upgrade their communications networks to support everything from advanced navigation systems in military aircraft, to high definition entertainment options in commercial airliners.
There are several options when expanding to higher bandwidth connectivity solutions in the aerospace industry. One of these options includes installing fiber optic cables. Fiber optic cables, although suitable for some applications, create challenges when being integrated into existing airframe architectures. Integrating fiber optic cables typically requires special handling and tools as well as highly skilled and certified installers. Fiber optic cables also have limited flexibility, making system installation challenging and presenting risks for future repairs and maintenance in critical aerospace applications.
Another option is to upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) cable, which is designed to work with the infrastructure typically installed in new and existing airframes. Using 10 GbE cable enables data transfer rates of up to 10 Gb per second, supporting current mission-critical functionality while offering room to expand as data requirements increase.
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