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Avionics BusBox 2000

The AB2000 is a family of rugged computer/interface devices
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  • PowerPC processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • A variety of avionics and standard I/O
  • Operating Temperature: -40 to +71 °C
Reduce SWaP

The Rugged AB2000 is a family of compact, conduction or convection-cooled computers for use in demanding environments. These flexible, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) devices solve challenging interface, bridging and control problems, while reducing SWaP (Size, Weight and Power).

PowerPC® Processor

At the heart of the AB2000 is a user programmable PowerPC processor that can be controlled by embedded software or by a separate computer over Ethernet. The AB2000 interface hardware circuitry provides a high level of functionality which assures full use of the processor for the software application.

Built-in Interfaces

What separates the AB2000 from other embedded computers is the wide variety of built-in avionics interfaces and standard I/O in such a small package. This functionality is integral to the unit’s design to ensure the highest level of compatibility and performance.

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)
  • Flash Storage Discrete I/O
  • PMC Expansion
Powerful Solutions

The AB2000 Series delivers outstanding performance on the ground and in the air. They are routinely deployed on helicopter, fixed wing, and ground mobile platforms in applications that include:
  • Data and protocol converter
  • Network server
  • Health monitor
  • Local/distributed control
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) integration
  • Maintenance gateway
  • Data recorder
  • Ethernet switch

Technical specifications
Base Model FeaturesPowerPC processor
16 MB Flash
Real Time Clock (with 650+ hours of backup)
1 Ethernet port (10/100)
2 RS-232/423/422/485 (selectable)
2 USB 2.0 host ports
Avionics discrete I/O
IRIG A or B, AM, PWM and PPS
Voltage and temperature monitoring
Flash drive (512 MB standard)
Conduction-cooled PMC site
Power: 28 VDC nominal
MTBF: 350,000+ hours
MechanicalCompact enclosure: 5.46 x 7.31 x 2.48 in (139 x 186 x 63 mm)
Weight (typical): 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
Horizontal and vertical mounting (CAD installation drawings available)
Base & databus I/OD38999/20FG35SA (79-pin)
PMC I/OD38999/20FG35SB (79-pin)
PowerD38999/20FC4PN (4-pin)
SoftwareEmbedded Linux OS and SDK (included)
Universal BTIDriver API compatible
VxWorks and other RTOS BSPs (optional)
CoPilot analysis & test software (optional)
Data recorder software (optional)
Environmental and physical specifications
Operating Temperature-40 to +71 °C
Storage Temperature-55 to +100 °C
Conduction or convection cooled. DO-160, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461

Ballard offers over 60 COTS AB2000 configurations. The following are a few example configurations:

Model Description
Model AB2280 Base Model features plus 4 dual redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channels
Model AB2146 Base Model features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429 and 1R/1T ARINC 717 channels
Model AB2342 Base Model features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429, 1R/1T ARINC 708 and 1 dual redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channel
Many more models are available.
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