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OmniBus II PXIe

PXIe Avionics Interface Cards
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  • Supports multiple protocols in one card
  • The card can accept one or two modules
  • Readily available as Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to +85°C

The Ballard OmniBus II PXI Express (PXIe) card is designed for use in multi-slot PXIe and CompactPCI Express test systems. It enables these systems to interface with multiple avionics databuses for testing, validating and simulating commercial and military avionics equipment and systems. The card is highly configurable and includes two internal Cores that can be populated with a variety of databus protocols and discrete I/O modules.

The OmniBus II PXIe is the next-generation of Astronics’ popular OmniBus product with faster I/O and processing capabilities. With the newest advanced set of MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 modules, users can verify wave form compatibilities, test functions of bus shorts and opens, and—when combined with our CoPilot® software—perform lab, production and flight test verification and simulation right out of the box. Readily available as Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products, the PCIe interface is perfect for challenging simulation, test, interface, and data recording applications.

OmniBus II modules used on this card feature the latest 6th generation protocol engines and bus mastering to yield high performance. Power is obtained from the backplane bus—no supplemental power is needed. All cards are standard 3U size and include sixteen TTL level input/output discretes and IRIG time synchronization/generation. User software can indicate status by controlling the two LEDs.

Users can develop their own software applications with the included BTIDriver™ API. With only a few function calls, a program can operate the interface card and process messages to and from the avionics databuses. Functions include routines for transmitting, receiving, scheduling, recording, time-tagging, and manipulating data. The interface card can use applications developed for other Ballard devices.
Code migrates seamlessly from BTIDriver compatible devices or through a translation driver from older Ballard devices. Alternatively, Ballard’s optional CoPilot software provides easy-to-use, interactive
tools for databus test, analysis, and simulation. CoPilot simplifies project development and provides added productivity through virtual instrument displays, flexible monitoring and analysis tools, and a powerful scripting engine.

Technical specifications
Available Interfaces MIL-STD-1553
ARINC 429 / 575
ARINC 708 / 453
ARINC 717 / 573
Avionics Discrete I/O
TTL Level Discrete I/O
Base Model Features 2 Core I/O sites
8 bidirectional TTL discrete I/O per core
2 user controlled LED indicators per core
64 MB memory per core (ECC)
Temperature monitoring
Advanced Timing 64-bit hardware time-tag (1ns resolution)

IRIG A/B input and output (AM, PWM)
Generate or synchronize timer
Synchronize hardware time-tags

10 MHz and PPS
Frame synchronization
Synchronize hardware time-tags
Interrupts/Logging Poll or use interrupts
Configurable event log
Programmable event logging/interrupts from messages, tx schedules, and buffers
PXI Triggers/Syncs/Clocks PXI_STAR, PXI_TRIG, PXIe_DSTAR, and PXIe_CLK100 signals
Route PXI triggers to BTIDriver triggers & syncs
3 syncs and 3 triggers per core
Integration to Advanced Timing functions
I/O Connectors LFH60
Size Standard 3U (100 x 160 mm)
PCIe bus x1 lane, bus mastering
Power +3.3 and +12 VDC
Software Universal BTIDriver API for C/C++, C#, VB, VB.Net, and LabVIEW™
MS Windows and Linux OS drivers
Translation DLLs for older Ballard devices
CoPilot analysis & test software (optional)
Call for latest language and OS support.

Environmental and physical specifications

Operating temperature -40 to +85°C
Storage temperature -55 to +100°C
Model Description
222‑511‑511 Astronics Ballard Technology. OmniBus II PXIe MIL-STD-1553
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