EVERETT, WASH. Ballard Technology Inc. has bridged its MIL-STD-1553 expertise over to the PCMCIA card form factor, announcing a family of "feature-rich" PC Card products for developers, manufacturers, testers and users of the venerable military bus.
"The PC Card form factor permits the CM1553-3 family cards to be conveniently moved and shared among desktops and laptops throughout the office, lab, on the flight line or in the field," said Ballard marketer Kevin Christian. Besides being "used extensively in military aircraft and spacecraft to communicate between on-board systems," he said, MIL-STD-1553 is also finding "expanded use in other military and commercial applications."
The CM1553-3 cards contain "a powerful on-board digital signal processor that handles all MIL-STD-1553-related data bus activity," said Christian. They can function as bus controllers, remote terminals or monitor devices on a dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 data bus without host computer intervention, he said.
The different models provide one, four or 32 simultaneous terminals. The high end of the line also provides concurrent monitoring with filters, and selective protocol error injection.
All the cards are available either in a rugged milled-aluminum Type III case or a smaller Type II case. Software support includes drivers and an application programming interface that Christian said provides complete access to the CM1553-3 hardware and allows "most programs to be implemented with a few simple function calls."
As an alternative to programming, the company's CoPilot 1553 graphical user interface software is optionally available, "enabling the user to interactively control, simulate and monitor the 1553 data bus with just a few clicks of the mouse," said Christian.
The CM1553-3 cards start at $3,195 and are available from stock to 30 days after ordering.
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