BU-67112Z MIL-STD-1553 XMC board with 8 channels
A small form factor USB board (BU-67113U) is also available from Data Device Corporation, and incorporates all the same features and benefits of the mini-PCIe card in a small board that connects to a standard USB 2.0 host interface. The added benefit here is that you can mount this board anywhere in your system and interface to your host computer via a USB 2.0 cable. With this new board you only need an available USB 2.0 port in your system, and there is no longer any need to have a free card slot in order to populate 1553, or for doing any circuit layout design to integrate a component level solution. DDC provides a complete set of drivers and software support for all major operating systems. The MIL-STD-1553 C software development kit (SDK) includes drivers for VxWorks, Integrity, Linux, and Windows. These SDKs allow you to quickly integrate DDC 1553 products into your C source code applications. A common SDK exists across all operating systems allowing the programmer portability across different platforms. The SDK includes a variety of different samples with full source code along with detailed documentation.
The easy-to-use high-level functions abstract all low level hardware accesses and memory allocation such that specific hardware knowledge is not required. DDC also offers optional graphical user interfaces that are Windows applications which allow for bus monitoring and simulation for quick and easy setup. These applications also contain an industry-unique feature that allows the end user to program the bus through this application, and then click a button to generate the application C code to reduce risk, ensure success, and shorten the development cycle. The application C code can be compiled for use in any of the supported operating systems. The MIL-STD-1553 software package is called BusTrACEr and is available today.
This article was originally published in the May issue of the DDC Tech-Connection newsletter.
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