Lumexis, that plucky California company that is bringing some much-needed competition to the in-flight entertainment space, has introduced a second-generation iteration of its potentially revolutionary fiber optic-based, fiber-to-the-screen (FTTS) in-flight entertainment system.
The first generation product, trialled on a single US Airways Airbus A320, "flew flawlessly and never required even a single system reboot in nearly 300 revenue airline flights", notes Lumexis CEO Douglas Cline.
But for the 2G system, Lumexis' team of engineers decided to push the envelop further, adding high-def, widescreen 8.9in VDUs that weigh less than 2lb and are "priced well under conventional, standard definition monitors from competitors weighing nearly twice as much".
Importantly, Lumexis was able to substantially increase processing power and move to high density solid state drives (SSDs) storage in its server switch unit (SSU).
"As a result, only two Server Switch Units (SSUs) (as opposed to an original eight) will be needed to serve a single or twin-aisle aircraft of up to 270 seats, notes Lumexis CTO Richard Salter, who was kind enough to show me the systems - including Lumexis' brand new 15.4in model - at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Palm Springs, California.
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