Acromag & AIM-USA Offer Rugged Systems with Avionics Data Bus Communications!
Acromag, a leader in board and embedded system-level solutions for commercial, industrial, and military applications announces the integration and proven interoperability of avionics databus support for MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429 into their ARCX Product Platform. These small form factor computers feature a 4th Generation Intel Core CPU and single or double PMC/XMC site. The systems are SWaP-optimized for military/aerospace deployable systems such as: vetronics, C4ISR, payload management, as well as command and control for drones and robotics.
“We are focused on providing capabilities that our customers ask for,” states Russ Nieves, Director of Embedded Solutions Sales at Acromag. “We are making it as easy as possible for our customers to add avionics I/O capability by integrating AIM cards into our ARCX Product Platform.”
AIM MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429 cards were integrated into the conduction cooled rugged system while integrating AIM’s drivers and the board support package with a Linux operating system, and developing a Rear Transition Module (RTM) to provide an I/O path to the rugged 38999 circular connectors. All 64 pins of the Pn4 connector on the board were routed to the rugged circular connector to provide access to all the user I/O signals including discrete I/O, IRIG-B, and Triggers in addition to MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429. Performance and loopback testing were performed to ensure that a fully loaded data bus can be monitored with the system and that transmissions can be supported at full 100% line rate on the bus. Since the AIM hardware has real time processors on board any operating system can be supported with this configuration and still allow for reliable deterministic data bus operation, as AIM offers drivers for all commonly used operating systems. This integration provides a cost and schedule savings for customers developing avionics based systems and also allows Acromag and AIM to offer turnkey system level solutions for rugged embedded applications with field proven databus support. The ARCX can be offered as a fully-tested, prepackaged, platform that provides the functionality and I/O required by avionics applications with AIM hardware inside.
AIM is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance embedded cards, test & simulation modules, databus analyzers, network analyzers & customized systems for MIL-STD-1553/MIL-STD-1760, ARINC-429, Fibre Channel, CANBus/ARINC-825, AFDX/ARINC-664, and many other military and commercial data bus network interfaces. AIM’s field proven, robust and mature product suite is unsurpassed in the avionics market with a pedigree that is recognized throughout the world. AIM boards include multiple processors on the hardware with 128MB or more of global memory to ensure real time performance with fast deterministic access time while offloading the host processor to increase performance and reduce power dissipation in the system further optimizing SWAP.
“We are committed to the databus communications market for both embedded and test applications for all avionics protocols” states Bill Wargo, President of AIM-USA. “The combination of AIM hardware and the Acromag system gives you a turnkey, fully tested, rugged system level solution.”
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