New I/O Modules From Wixom's Acromag
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Wixom-based Acromag has introduced new bus modules for a popular U.S. Department of Defense bus to interface avionics and weapons subsystems to an embedded control system.
Two versions of the 1553 bus interface module are available. The IP570 is an Industry Pack ANSI/VITA-4 card that plugs into VME, CompactPCI, and PCI bus mezzanine carrier cards or high-performance single-board computers. IOS-570 models are designed for use within Acromag’s I/O Server industrial PC, a small fanless box computer. Both 1553 bus modules offer the choice of one or two interface channels. A DDC Micro-ACE device controls the 1553 interface. Extended temperature models support -40 to 85 degrees C operation. Single quantity pricing starts at $1,695.
“Adding these 1553 bus interface modules to Acromag’s line of high-density I/O products gives designers of aerospace and defense subsystems greater flexibility to combat the challenges of size, weight and power in modern embedded computing systems,” said Joseph Primeau, Acromag sales and marketing director for embedded products.
The 1553 bus is extremely popular for integration of flight control and vehicle management (electrical, hydraulic, environmental control) subsystems. This venerable communication standard is also regularly used for missile system testing, air traffic control system testing, on-board ircraft system monitoring, satellite test systems, and aircraft simulators. When combined with Acromag’s extensive offering of analog, digital, and serial I/O modules, these new 1553 bus modules further extend the ability to interface a wide variety of devices from a single computing platform.
All models feature a DDC Micro-ACE bus terminal that supports both MIL-STD-1553 revision B and MIL-STD-1760 transceivers, as well as the STANAG 3838 protocol. Users can choose from models with one or two complete dual-redundant interface channels. Each channel can be wired for either direct or transformer coupled operation and operates at data rates of up to 1Mb/s.
The DDC Micro-ACE controller provides a very flexible host-side interface that is compatible with Mini-ACE or ACE architectures and supports multiple configurations (bus controller, remote terminal, or bus monitor). Users get a highly autonomous bus controller with many powerful capabilities and options.
Dozens of Industry Pack (IP) and IOS modules are available from Acromag to provide a wide variety of analog, digital, and serial I/O processing capabilities. A re-configurable FPGA module allows users to execute custom logic routines and algorithms on TTL, differential or LVDS I/O signals. Up to five IP or four IOS modules can be combined in any mix on a carrier card for flexible, high-density I/O to meet custom requirements. Acromag offers a number of IP carriers for VME, CompactPCI, and PCI bus computer systems. IOS modules plug into a carrier card that slides directly into the I/O Server industrial PC. The I/O Server employs advanced heat sink techniques and conduction cooling to manage excessive heat within the fanless computer.
To simplify software development, Acromag offers several programmer support tools. A Windows development package provides API development software and Win32® DLL drivers, plus examples for C, Visual Basic®, .Net, and LabVIEW® environments. The Linux software includes a library of I/O function routines to speed code development. IP modules are additionally supported by C libraries for VxWorks® and QNX® real-time operating systems. These packages include demonstration programs with C source code to test and exercise the I/O module operation.
Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 50 years. They are an international corporation with a world headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded I/O and industrial computer products for military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research applications.
More at www.acromag.com.
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