Drone Control

The Customer Need

Drone ControlThis military customer makes control systems used to direct and track drone aircraft. These systems are mounted in a variety of ground-based vehicles and trailers. Longevity of components are required to ensure the military end user that the exact same configuration remains available throughout the system’s deployment and lifecycle. The lifespan for this drone aircraft control application is a minimum of 7 years. Low-power, dual-core processors are needed in the application and the backplanes must be able to handle a variety of PCI-X and PCI Express® option cards. Finally, due to the sensitive nature of the technology used in the application, the government requires the computer hardware to be designed and built in the U.S.

The Trenton Solution

Trenton’s SLT system host board is a PICMG® 1.3 SHB that features two, dual-core processors and each processor has a maximum thermal design power rating (TDP) of 31W. The processing performance of the SLT meets the telemetry data throughput requirements. The CPUs’ lower TDP ratings meet the thermal and power draw requirements of the end user. A variety of Trenton PICMG 1.3 backplanes such as the BPX3/8 backplane and others are used in the aircraft control mobile stations . Initially a motherboard design was considered, but the option card slot variability and the need to support faster Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) times lead to a PICMG 1.3 architecture.

Trenton Value Delivered

Trenton’s engineering and manufacturing locations in the U.S. met all of the domestic content rules defined by the government in this application. The data processing capability of the SLT board exceeds all of the application performance parameters designed by the OEM and the military end user. The embedded components used by Trenton in the system host board and backplane designs will enable support for the entire length of the military deployment cycle.