Aerospace module integrates FPGA to ‘electrify’ aircraft

An aerospace power core module (PCM) with an integrated FPGA and hybrid power drive (PD) has been announced by Microsemi. The PCM controls the electrical motors used in primary flight control actuation, landing gear systems and other systems. The device interfaces seamlessly with both aircraft power supplies and flight controllers, providing vital sensor feedback for health monitoring.

According to the company, the PCM is an integrated, flexible and scalable power solution for actuation and power conversion applications, including landing systems, de-icing systems, wheels and braking systems, high lift, and primary and secondary flight control actuation systems. Customisation options are also available.

The PCM was developed in partnership with Airbus and has been designed for harsh environments and has undergone a comprehensive application-specific qualification and reliability program.

The Airbus design accommodates a range of voltages, including the emerging 540V supply rail, which is being introduced on the latest generation of commercial aircraft. The design process is structured on the DO-254 quality standard.

The aerospace PCM with the embedded HPD is available for sampling now. Evaluation kits will be available to order in December.

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