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10 September 2003 Simplifying system architecture using very smart displays
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In the past, cockpit displays have had a limited role in that they were capable only of displaying information that was generated by other equipmentin the aircraft. Examples of this can be seen when we look at system architectures consisting of separate mission computers, map generators, engine data generators, and air data computers. These individual boxes take sensor information and perform the computations which feed the displays. With the advent of new technology offering super miniature, high speed components, potentially all processing can now be accomplished within the displays themselves while also allowing for a wide range of interfaces. In aircraft applications, this allows an architecture whereby the remote sensors feed directly into the displays, thus greatly reducing cabling requirements, reducing weight as well as reducing overall cost due to reduction in the number of boxes. System reliability is also greatly improved due to redundancy of functions between multiple displays in the aircraft. This paper discusses such an application and describes a display designed for aircraft fighter applications containing multiple processing capability. New system architecture is described which takes advantage of this capability.
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Robert P. Herman and Robert D. Seinfeld "Simplifying system architecture using very smart displays", Proc. SPIE 5080, Cockpit Displays X, (10 September 2003);


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