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IFE Software Makers...who Does It?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:08 am

I know there are only a handful of actual IFE hardware makers in the world, but who actually develops the software or the actual 'program' to run something on the IFE? Reason I bring this up is I know the new KrisWorld on the A380 and the 777-300ER uses a Sun Microsystems office platform to run the office applications but I don't think they are actually behind the whole of the KrisWorld system...
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RE: IFE Software Makers...who Does It?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:08 pm

Well there is Masushita, Panasonic and Rockwell Collins however I don't know if they are only hardware or also producing most of the software. Most airlines getting a system now use one of those 3 systems I don't know if there are much more other systems now on the market.
 
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RE: IFE Software Makers...who Does It?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:12 pm

Well, there is Thales. I'm not very sure of which component they make but I often hear of the IFE being equipped by them.
 
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RE: IFE Software Makers...who Does It?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:05 pm

Quoting LXA340 (Reply 1):
Well there is Masushita, Panasonic and Rockwell Collins

Humm, Matsushita took their worldwide brand name Panansonic a couple of years ago, therefore so far in the market we have Panasonic, Thales and Rockwell-Collins.

Rockwell has given up the long range aircraft market and now focuses on single aisle/business aviation systems (coupled with their Airshow system).

Panasonic has about 80% of the market (at least on Airbus aircraft).

The H/W and S/W are made by the same company. The IFE suppliers develop their core S/W based on a platform, i.e. the most appropriate one when they launch a new system (therefore it can be different over a couple of years, depends how many systems they produce). This core S/W is then customised to integrate the various functionalities and GUIs that the customer want.
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RE: IFE Software Makers...who Does It?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:02 pm

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 3):
Humm, Matsushita took their worldwide brand name Panansonic a couple of years ago, therefore so far in the market we have Panasonic, Thales and Rockwell-Collins.

Don't forget about LiveTV, JetBlue's IFE subsidiary, which is very popular with LCCs.

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 3):
Rockwell has given up the long range aircraft market and now focuses on single aisle/business aviation systems (coupled with their Airshow system).

Not necessarily. While Rockwell Collins currently doesn't have a contract to supply IFE to the 787 and A350 from the factory, they continue to supply systems aftermarket. AA's new IFE system that will be installed on their 777s is a Rockwell Collins system, presumably the dTES or eTES system.
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RE: IFE Software Makers...who Does It?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:21 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 4):
Not necessarily. While Rockwell Collins currently doesn't have a contract to supply IFE to the 787 and A350 from the factory, they continue to supply systems aftermarket. AA's new IFE system that will be installed on their 777s is a Rockwell Collins system, presumably the dTES or eTES system.

The IFE system on LH at least the AVOD for C and F class is also Rockwell Collins, don't know about the new IFE for Economy Class.

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