The Aerotenna team has successfully ported Ardupilot to a powerful and versatile SoC (System on Chip)-based processing platform. Ardupilot is the largest open-source UAV project. To maximize the impact of this unprecedented development, Aerotenna announces the development of an OcPoC (Octagonal Pilot on Chip) system.

“We firmly believe that SoC technology will bring flight controller processing technology to a new level,” said Dr. Zongbo Wang, co-founder and CEO of Aerotenna. “Our OcPoC platform is based on a Xilinx SoC chip with FPGA and a dual-core ARM processor, providing more processing power and flexibility in IOs. These two advantages will be greatly appreciated by UAVs developers with high performance requirements.”

In addition to this groundbreaking hardware platform, Aerotenna also developed firmware packages to implement computationally intensive tasks with hardware instead of MCU software. This development will significantly increase the executing efficiency of the flight control algorithms.

The OcPoC platform will partner with the open-source Dronecode project to create a high-end processing platform for Ardupilot system.

“To help more users enjoy the benefits and advantages of SoC technology, we will release all our board-support-packages, drivers, firmware, and software to the public as open-source,” said Dr. Wang. “Aerotenna will continue to package our technology to flatten the SoC learning curve. The OcPoC platform will be seamlessly integrated with MATLAB and Simulink to allow the researchers implement flight control algorithms without knowing all the hardware details.”

Since completing proof-of-concept testing for OcPoC’s board, the Aerotenna team has continued to refine the product. The OcPoC platform will become available to the general public in Q1 2016.