San Diego, CA – September 13, 2010 – AP Avionx, recently acquired by Kontron, has been awarded purchase orders by Row 44, Inc. for production quantities of the Server Management Unit (SMU) and the Modem Data Unit (MDU). These products are key components of the Row 44 In-Flight Broadband System that provides wireless connectivity and other services to airline passengers. The production orders will support widespread deployment of Row 44 services in 2011.
The Server Management Unit and Modem Data Unit are critical elements of Row 44’s satellite-based broadband system that provides in-flight Internet connectivity, entertainment, and airline operational data services for commercial airlines’ passengers and crew. Row 44's satellite-based system is designed to function over land, water and across international borders, enabling seamless service delivery to both domestic and international carriers. The Row 44 system leverages an existing high capacity Ku-Band satellite system. Customers connect to the system through wireless hotspots inside the aircraft cabin, enabled by the SMU and MDUs.
AP Avionx was initially selected by Row 44 in late 2006 to design and manufacture the subsystems based on AP Labs’ extensive experience in rugged airborne systems for military and commercial aerospace applications. Successful completion of test phases and FAA airworthiness certification in early 2008 led to customer in-flight testing and deployment in 2009/2010.
About AP Avionx
AP Avionx (formally of AP Labs) recently acquired by Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology and rugged COTS products, specializes in integrated hardware systems for the commercial aerospace industry, in particular, the In-Flight Entertainment & Communication (IFE&C) market. The company’s products include critical system components to enable in-flight broadband services including: Internet, VPN access, email, multimedia capabilities, video-on-demand, games and additional entertainment choices in a fully-integrated wireless cabin over a broadband air-to-ground or air-to-satellite link. With a thorough understanding of engineering high-performance, mission critical computers, AP Avionx provides long-life solutions designed to survive in harsh environments. For more information see www.apavionx.com or www.kontron.com.