Bohemia, New York
A New ARINC 429 PCMCIA card from DDC offers commercial aircraft systems engineers and maintenance staff the ability to access avionics data using a notebook computer. The majority of the western world’s commercial aircraft uses the ARINC 429 Databus, and the card provides a portable interface allowing the bus to be analyzed and data to be downloaded.
The DD-42921M2-300 is a type II PCMCIA card which features two receive channels and one transmit channel, and the choice of high or low data rates. The portability offered will be especially useful in ramp and flight line testing as well as on-board testing and data collection.
An optional Commercial Avionics Utilities software includes a Windows-based Databus Analyzer, Arinc 615 Dataloader and an ARINC 739 MCDU simulator.
Each of the card’s two receivers has a 32-word receive FIFO which, when combined with the 32K word per channel software, offers excellent data transfer reliability in Windows environments. A 1024 word software mailbox on each channel stores the most recently received data value for any of the label/SDI (source Destination Identifier) combinations.
The card’s transmitter also includes a 32-word FIFO, which allows the host PC, or notebook to transfer blocks of data to the DD-42921M2-300 card.
The card’s software includes a Window-based Virtual Control Panel which allows the user to start using the card without the need for programming, and Control and Diagnostic software verifies that the card is installed and operating properly.
The maximum operating current is only 120mA and the card can operate over the 0oC to +50o C temperature.
Data Device Corporation is an international leader in high-reliability data conversion interface components and subsystems for military and commercial applications. Established in 1964 with the introduction of the first synchro-to-digital module, DDC's design and manufacturing facility is located in Bohemia, New York.