Microsemi Corporation has introduced an aerospace power core module (PCM) with an integrated field programmable gate array (FPGA) and hybrid power drive for use in the control functions of next-generation aircraft.
The PCM controls the electrical motors used in aircraft applications, including primary flight control actuation, landing gear systems and other systems. Microsemi says the device interfaces seamlessly with aircraft power supplies and flight controllers in order to give sensor feedback for health monitoring.
Increases in the demand for higher reliability and integrated components in the aerospace industry is leading the move toward more electric aircraft (MEA), and Microsemi’s PCM will play a role in future power- conversion applications, such as landing systems, de-icing systems, wheels and braking systems, and high lift- and primary and secondary flight-control actuation systems.
Aerospace manufacturer Airbus has been a partner in the creation of the PCM in order to further its own desire to expand the adoption of new technologies, such as flight control surfaces with electric actuators, forward-facing crew cockpits, and control systems with side sticks. The company is working toward increased integration of standard modules as part of its effort to pave the way for the adoption of MEA solutions.
Market research firm MarketsandMarkets forecasts the actuator, electrical and electronics system market is expected to reach $21 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14% during this time period, while the electrical systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16%. Microsemi believes this growth is on par with its product development in these areas to provide next-generation semiconductors for the aerospace market.