The AB3000 Series

The compact AB3000 is a highly flexible Intel® Atom™ based computer for demanding aerospace and ground mobile environments
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  • Intel Atom E680T 1.6GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A variety of avionics and standard I/O
  • Operating temperature: -40 to 55°C (-40 to 71°C continuous for /HT models)
The rugged AB3000 is a family of compact, conduction-cooled computers for use in demanding environments. These versatile systems include many built-in standard peripherals, avionics databuses, and user interfaces, as well as PMC expansion capability. With the addition of application software, the AB3000 provides a readily available Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solution to challenging interface, bridging, control, and audio/display problems. The AB3000 can be used for data and protocol conversion, databus/network bridging, data servers, data recorders, communications, power controllers, federated controllers and multiple net-centric applications. They also support voice and visual processing for cockpit voice actions, canned message delivery, workstation expansion and more. The AB3000 is small and lightweight for easy integration into today’s modern aircraft, UAVs, and ground mobile platforms.

At the heart of the AB3000 is a user-programmable Intel Atom E680T processor with hyper-threading and virtualization. It features an integrated graphics media accelerator (GMA) for 2D/3D video and 2-channel audio. Protocol processing for the avionics interfaces is off-loaded to dedicated interface circuitry, maximizing Intel processor resources for the user application.

Available interfaces include:
  • MIL-STD-1553
  • ARINC 429/575
  • ARINC 708/453
  • ARINC 717/573
  • RS-232/422/485
  • Ethernet (10/100)
  • USB 2.0 Host (High Speed)
  • CANbus
  • Discrete I/O
  • PMC Expansion
The AB3000 Series delivers outstanding performance on the ground or in the air. It is easily deployed on UAV, helicopter, fixed wing, and ground mobile platforms. Here are just a few uses:
  • Data and protocol conversion
  • Databus and network bridging
  • Data serving
  • Data recording
  • Voice and visual processing
  • Communications
  • Power controllers
  • Federated controllers
  • Ethernet switching
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The AB3000 is available in a large number of configurations that all share the base model features below:

Technical specifications
Processor Intel Atom E680T 1.6GHz processor
Hyper-threading and virtualization
Storage 8 GB solid-state storage (32GB optional)
Video Out DVI; Intel GMA 600 2D/3D graphics engine; MPEG-4, H.264
Audio In 2 mic pre-amps with 8-96kHz sampling; Audio Out: 2 headphones, 50 mW into 16 ohm
Ethernet 2 Ethernet ports (10/100/1000)
Serial 4 RS-232/423/422/485 (selectable)
CAN 1 CANbus 2.0 (ARINC 825 PHY)
USB 2 USB 2.0 host ports
Keyboard connection via USB
Avionics discrete I/O Up to 48 programmable Input/Output
Open/GND configuration
Monitoring Voltage and temperature
Power 28 VDC nominal, MIL-STD-704, MIL-STD-1275
MTBF 242,000+ hours
Mechanical Compact enclosure: 5.3×7.7×2.8 in (135×195×71 mm), mounting flanges extend 0.6 in (15 mm) on each side
Weight (typical): 5 lb (2.3 kg)
Horizontal and vertical chassis options (CAD installation drawings available)
Base & databus I/O D38999 (100-pin)
PMC I/O D38999 (100-pin)
Power D38999 (4-pin)
Software Embedded Linux OS and SDK (included)
Universal BTIDriver API compatible
Microsoft® Windows® Embedded 7 (optional)
VxWorks, LynxOS-178, and other RTOS BSPs (optional)
CoPilot analysis & test software (optional)
Data recorder software (optional)
Environmental and physical specifications
Operating Temperature -40 to 55°C (-40 to 71°C continuous for /HT models)
Storage Temperature -55 to +100 °C
Conduction or convection cooled.
Conduction-cooled PMC site.
DO-160, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461
Hose down; Salt fog resistant (Contact factory for environmental test data)
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Ballard offers over 200 COTS AB3000 configurations.

Following are a few example configurations:

Model Description
 Model AB3186  Base Model features plus 2 dualredundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553, 8R/4T ARINC 429, 1R/1T ARINC 717 channels
 Model AB3280  Base Model features plus 4 dual-redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channels
 Model AB3430  Base Model features plus 16R/8T ARINC 429 and 1R/1T ARINC 717 channels
 Model AB3342  Base Model features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429, 1R/1T ARINC 708 and 1 dualredundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channel
 Factory-installed PMC cards further expand AB3000 functionality. Possibilities include ARINC 664, additional 1553/429/717/708 channels, synchronous/asynchronous serial, 9-port Ethernet switch, memory, 1394B and more.

Many more models are available.
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