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AB3000 Series N

Avionics I/O Computers
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AB3000 Series N
Solve challenging avionics processing and interfacing problems with the AB3000 Network Series from Astronics Ballard Technology, the first small form-factor COTS mission computer featuring a 64-bit Power Architecture embedded processor with integrated managed Gigabit Ethernet switch.

Capable
Boost performance with the 64-bit embedded QorIQ T1040 quad-core processor.

Efficient
Reduce data latency and power with the integrated on-chip Gigabit Ethernet switch.

Proven
Minimize risk; Ballard’s low-SWaP devices are rigorously qualified and proven in the field.


Network-Integrated Embedded Computers
The AB3000 ‘Series N’ from Astronics Ballard Technology is a highly-flexible, COTS solution ideally suited for a distributed system architecture on civil and military platforms. This compact device merges 64-bit Quad Core processing, high throughput Gigabit Ethernet, and a wide array of conventional avionics I/O into a powerful control and communication solution that provides rapid deployment with no up-front NRE.

Avionics I/O Powerhouse
The AB3000 Series N is optimized to interface with, collect, process, and distribute avionics data. The unit can serve as the main infrastructure component for a distributed system architecture (mission system), or be employed for a variety of interfacing, bridging or control operations. I/O options include MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC databus protocols, serial, discrete, USB and Ethernet. The integral, 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch interfaces with a variety of systems and reliably moves large amounts of data to where it is needed.

Rugged and SWaP-C Optimized
The AB3000 Series N tightly integrates all of this functionality into a small, lightweight SWaP-C optimized (Size, Weight, and Power plus Cost) enclosure that meets military requirements for shock, vibration, temperature, humidity and pressure. It is small and light enough for use in UAVs and capable enough to handle complex, large-scale aircraft systems.

Key Features:

  • Key component of an aircraft distributed system architecture
  • QorIQ® 64-Bit Quad Core Processor
  • Integral 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with managed or unmanaged operation
  • Flexible write protect capability
  • Wide range of avionics and computer I/O including: MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, 717, Serial, Discrete, Ethernet, and USB 2.0 Host
  • Pre-qualified COTS hardware solution
  • Robust SDK to facilitate the development and deployment of customer software
  • Ideal for Open Mission Systems (OMS) implementations
Powerful Application Solutions
The AB3000 Series (also called the Avionics BusBox 3000 or simply Ballard Box) is a small form factor system that 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
  • Power controllers
  • Federated controllers
  • Ethernet switching

Technical specifications
Standard Features - NXP QorIQ T1040 64-bit 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
- 2 GB of DDR3L-1600 SDRAM
- 8 GB solid-state storage
- Real Time Clock with backup power
- Temperature monitoring
- Power: 28 VDC nominal
Avionics Interfaces
MIL-STD-1553 Up to 4 dual redundant channels
ARINC 429 Up to 12 channels
ARINC 717 Up to 2 channels (Biphase/Bipolar)
Avionics Discrete I/O Up to 48 programmable Input/Outputs
Standard Computer Interfaces
RS-232/422 2 ports (selectable)
Ethernet Host (10/100/1000 Mbps) 2 ports
Ethernet Switch (10/100/1000 Mbps) 8 ports
USB 2.0 Host 2 ports
IRIG IRIG A or B, AM (input), PWM, and PPS
Mechanical Compact enclosure: 5.3 x 7.7 x 2.8 in (135 x 195 x 71 mm)
Weight: 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)
Horizontal & vertical chassis options
Software Universal BTIDriver API for C/C++, C#, VB, VB.Net, and LabVIEW™
Embedded Linux OS and SDK (uses Yocto toolchain targeting Linux 4.1 LTSI)
Environmental and physical specifications
Operating Temperature -40 to 55°C
Storage Temperature -55 to +100 °C
Conduction or convection cooled
DO-160, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461
Model Description
AB3100xN No MIL-STD-1553 Channels. NO AVIONICS
AB3141xN No MIL-STD-1553 Channels. ARINC 429 4R/4T
AB3142xN No MIL-STD-1553 Channels. ARINC 429 8R/4T
AB3146xN "No MIL-STD-1553 Channels. ARINC 429 8R/4T and ARINC 717 1R/1T"
AB3150xN 1 Single-Function 1553 Channel
AB3151xN 1 Single-Function 1553 Channel. ARINC 429 4R/4T
AB3152xN 1 Single-Function 1553 Channel. ARINC 429 8R/4T
AB3156xN 1 Single-Function 1553 Channel. ARINC 429 8R/4T and ARINC 717 1R/1T
AB3160xN 1 Multi-Function 1553 Channel
AB3161xN 1 Multi-Function 1553 Channel. ARINC 429 4R/4T
AB3162xN 1 Multi-Function 1553 Channel. ARINC 429 8R/4T
AB3166xN 1 Multi-Function 1553 Channel. ARINC 429 8R/4T and ARINC 717 1R/1T
AB3170xN 2 Single-Function 1553 Channels
AB3171xN 2 Single-Function 1553 Channels. ARINC 429 4R/4T
AB3172xN 2 Single-Function 1553 Channels. ARINC 429 8R/4T
AB3176xN 2 Single-Function 1553 Channels. ARINC 429 8R/4T and ARINC 717 1R/1T
AB3180xN 2 Multi-Function 1553 Channels
AB3181xN 2 Multi-Function 1553 Channels. ARINC 429 4R/4T
AB3182xN 2 Multi-Function 1553 Channels. ARINC 429 8R/4T
AB3186xN 2 Multi-Function 1553 Channels. ARINC 429 8R/4T and ARINC 717 1R/1T
AB3511xN 1 Single-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3521xN 1 Multi-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3531xN 2 Single-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3541xN 2 Multi-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3551xN 3 Single-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3561xN 3 Multi-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3571xN 4 Single-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3581xN 4 Multi-Function 1553 Ch. w/ Differential Discrete and ARINC 429
AB3810xN 48 Open/Ground Avionics Discrete I/O

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