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RF Expansion Module for ATEC Series 6

19 August 2011 - Aeroflex and Cassidian, an EADS company, announced the successful installation of a major new RF expansion module (RFEM) at All Nippon Airways (ANA) for the Cassidian ATEC Series 6 automated test equipment for RF avionics testing. The ATEC Series 6 is one of the most widely used test platforms in the civil aerospace and military aftermarket.

The ATEC Series 6 is used by airlines and original equipment manufacturers such as Honeywell, Airbus, and Thales.

The Aeroflex RFEM, based on Aeroflex’s successful PXI 3000 Series modules, represents a major capability enhancement for the ATEC Series 6 platform. The product was the result of a three-year joint engineering development effort between Aeroflex and Cassidian, with the support of Honeywell. Honeywell endorsed the development through it’s Cooperative Agreement with Cassidian, in order to offer its aftermarket air transport customers “Return to Service” test capability using the new RFEM.

The initial product launch involved full design verification and test, witnessed and approved by Honeywell and the launch customer All Nippon Airways.

Aeroflex provides full software integration of the RFEM into the ATEC Series 6 operating system. The operator will access the RFEM through the main automated test equipment (ATE) operator console using the modern Cassidian test executive, hosted on a Microsoft Windows® platform.

The RF Expansion Module is conveniently packaged in a tower identical in design to the ATEC Series 6 main platform. It has a simple Ethernet interface connecting the two test systems, allowing operators to add RF test capability to their existing installation by simply rolling up the RFEM and connecting it via a single data cable.

The RFEM instrumentation package features the new Aeroflex PXI instrument modules for signal generation and analysis. Aeroflex PXI 3000 Series instruments offer high performance with compact size, permitting greater density in the RFEM tower.

A family of test program sets and adapters is under development. These will cover an extensive library of RF avionics, including NAV, COM, GPS, TCAS, and Transponder LRUs. Initial platform coverage is for the Boeing 787 airliner. Based on OEM and airline company requirements, Aeroflex and Cassidian plan to add test capability for additional existing and new systems, including SATCOM and weather radar.

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