Multipurpose Electronic Board for Air Data
Set Test Equipment
FPGA improvements to obtain cost reduction and performance improvement
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Instruments & Appliances for measuring, checking,
D. MARCHIORI is a dynamic Italian company (with 8 employees
), dedicated to R&D, which designs and manufactures precision microprocessor
controlled mechanical and measurement devices, aircraft ground support
test equipment and software products for the military and commercial aerospace
market. The company, established in 1938, developed a deep know-how in
producing high precision mechanics used in scientific equipment. Its industrial
sector is classified as Prodcom code 3320, Instruments and appliances
for measuring, checking, testing etc.
At present D.Marchiori S.r.l. is the main supplier of the Italian Ministry
of Defense (M.O.D.) and of Italian Aircraft Manufacturers for the Pitot
Static Test Set and for most of the Test Benches used for aircraft instruments
maintenance laboratories. In 1998 exports were approx. 45% of total sales.
Before AE experiment DMA produced digital and analogic cards for its equipment;
but didn't have any experience in FPGA field.
Scope of present experiment was to develop a multifunction integrated
electronic/pneumatic system to drive a series of Air Data Test Set (a
system to control and calibrate the aircraft sensors related to the atmospheric
pressure) by utilising a new electronic technology never used before by
DMA Marchiori, the FPGA.
This has been accomplished to obtain cost reduction and performance and
accuracy improvement of Air Data Test Set.
The realisation of this project requires the replacement of four commercial
boards with one designed internally to the company and built around an
FPGA electronic Chip. In this way a really innovative technology will
be introduced in the company, making the new product more competitive
in terms of price, performance (24 bits resolution with a 20MHz time base
instead of 10 bits with a 10MHz time base), functionalities (12 electro-valve
drivers with 12 resolution not present in old system) and reliability
(board number reduction from 5 to 2 increase not only system testability
but also mechanical reliability during on field operation).
The AE duration was 12 months (holidays not included), with a total budget
of 87 KEUR. The pay-back period is about 15 months.
The Return of Investment on the FUSE investment is estimated to be 528%
on the entire product life. The AE is of interest for company working
in the control equipment and particularly in air transport system.
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FPGA technology provided D.MARCHIORI S.r.l. with the means of improving
its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant
benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising
it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE
to realise this.
FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.
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