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Avionics BusBox 1000

Small, lightweight embedded computer with built-in interfaces for avionics databuses and a variety of standard I/O types.
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  • PowerPC processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • A variety of avionics and standard I/O
  • Operating Temperature: -40 to 70 °C
Avionics BusBox 1000

Ballard’s Avionics BusBox 1000 Series is a small lightweight embedded computer with built-in interfaces for standard peripherals and for various avionics databuses. Under the direction of its application specific software, the AB1000 can autonomously perform tasks that involve receiving information from some interfaces and processing and mapping the information into other interfaces.


At the heart of the AB1000 Series is a user programmable PowerPC® processor, which controls the various standard (serial, Ethernet, and USB) and avionics databus (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429/708, etc.) interfaces. The high level of functionality implemented in the hardware interface circuitry gives the software application full use of the PowerPC processor.

Additional Features

The USB host port allows for the connection of a wide variety of devices. For example, a USB mass storage device could be used for transferring data to/from the AB1000 Series, or an 802.11 wireless device could be attached as an alternative to the wired Ethernet port. Also included are serial ports and avionics level discrete I/O which can be used to interface with other devices.
Technical specifications
GeneralPowerPC processor
16 MB Flash
Real Time Clock (with 650+ hours of backup)
CompactFlash slot (with power fail protection)
High resolution timer for time-tagging events (1 µs)
Embedded Linux Operating System
MechanicalCompact Enclosure: 4 x 6 x 1.7 inch (excluding connectors and flange)
Mounting holes
MIL-STD-1553BC/RT/MON (Single or Multi-Function)
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
TA/SA message filtering
Sequential monitor
ARINC 429Periodic and asyncronous messages
Hardware controlled transmit schedule
Receive message filtering (Label/SDI)
Sequential monitor
ARINC 708Hardware controlled transmit schedule
Receive message filtering
Sequential monitor
RS-232/422/485Selectable baud rates
Optional handshake signals (232 mode)
EthernetAuto-sensing 10/100 Mb/s
Built-in Telnet, FTP, and Web servers
USB 2.0 HostHigh Speed (480 Mb/s)
Mass storage devices
Wireless (802.11) devices
Discrete I/OOutputs: Open/GND
Inputs: Open/GND or 28V/Open
Environmental and physical specifications
Operating Temperature-40 to 70 °C
Storage Temperature-55 to 100 °C

The Avionics BusBox 1000 Series is available in a number of configurations. The following is a list of the standard models.

Model Description
 Model 100 (Base configuration)  PowerPC Processor
16 MB Flash
Real Time Clock
2 RS-232/422/485 (selectable)
1 Ethernet (10/100) Port
1 USB Host Port
6 Open/GND Discrete Inputs
4 Open/GND Discrete Outputs
CompactFlash (512MB)
28 VDC supply (Industrial grade)
 Model 110 (MIL-STD-1553)  Model 100 plus...
1 MIL-STD-1553 (Multi-Function)
 Model 140 (ARINC 429)  Model 100 plus...
4R/2T ARINC 429
 Model 150 (Base configuration)  Model 100 plus...
1 MIL-STD-1553 (Multi-Function)
4R/2T ARINC 429

Order Numbers

Avionics BusBox 1000 Series order numbers consist of the product series and a model number.

AB1150 = Product Series (AB1) + Model Number (150)

Standard Options

The standard configurations are customizable with some standard options. Please contact us about the following options:

28 VDC supply (Avionics grade)
Different sized CompactFlash

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