IMPACT OF MICROCOMPUTERS ON NAVIONICS

A. J. Maher

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The recent development of the microcomputer has already significantly affected the electronics industry. It is expected to have an even more profound effect on many industries as its use proliferates. What will be its impact on Navigation Avionics? This paper reviews the development of the microcomputer and discusses the current state-of-the-microcomputer art. The capabilities and limitations of current microcomputers are summarized and expected future developments are identified. Several applications of microcomputers are discussed to illustrate the wide variety of applications which have already been realized. Using this information, including several current applications in navigation equipment, several predictions are advanced on the future impact of microcomputer use in navigation equipment. The mutual interdependence of common MUX communication and the use of local processors is highlighted. These developments are expected to have a significant effect on the cost and performance of future navigation systems and the source of these improvements is identified.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 24, Number 2
Pages: 116 - 124
Cite this article: Maher, A. J., "IMPACT OF MICROCOMPUTERS ON NAVIONICS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 24, No. 2, Summer 1977, pp. 116-124.
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