September 9 2019  |  Screens & Devices

RAVE improvements bring lightweight 4K to the cabin

By Rick Lundstrom

Safran’s RAVE ULTRA offers 4K Ultra High Definition displays, a slim lightweight design and integrated Bluetooth audio, connecting every passenger in the aircraft with their own personal wireless headsets.

The RAVE system has seat-centric architecture and dockable displays, lightweight hardware and unique software for 4K Ultra High Definition passenger displays. The slimmer design achieves a 30% weight savings from previous generation IFE systems. RAVE ULTRA comes in various sizes: 13.3, 15.6, 17.3, 24, 27, and 32 inches.

The small borders and thin profile of RAVE ULTRA helps seat vendors

embed the screen within the seat frame, which increases passenger space

while offering an immersive entertainment experience.

The RAVE ULTRA display line is a software platform that allows airlines to run multiple third party applications, including HTML, Android, and QT. Included is a flexible graphical user interface (GUI) that can be configured to meet airline branding requirements and offers features of a modern personal entertainment device such as intuitive interface design, multi-window and multi-touch capabilities. In addition, by using the latest video compression and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies, Safran Passenger Innovations makes bringing 4K content to inflight a reality, without the need for costly aircraft backbone upgrades.

RAVE ULTRA brings Bluetooth audio to every seat in the aircraft and allows passengers to use their own headsets. Typically, only 20 airline-provided headsets can be connected at one time due to frequency interference. Safran Passenger Innovations has solved congestion issues of Bluetooth audio on the aircraft.

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