Bohemia, New York, Jan. 5 2006 —Data Device Corporation (DDC) teamed with The Boeing Company and Honeywell Aerospace has successfully completed a flight demonstration of a new technology that dramatically speeds up the transmission of tactical aircraft data.
The flight demonstration, conducted on Dec. 17 from St. Louis, involved the Boeing F-15E1 Advanced Technology Demonstrator aircraft. The new technology is a High Performance 1553 data bus (called HyPer-1553™) developed by DDC of Bohemia, N.Y.
HyPer-1553 technology uses existing MIL-STD-1553 bus infrastructure to transmit data at much higher rates than 1 megabit per second that present-day conventional MIL-STD-1553 data buses provide. The new technology helps increase bandwidth between subsystems, which is becoming increasingly necessary for network-centric operations and sensor fusion applications.
Because it’s able to use the existing MIL-STD-1553 infrastructure, HyPer -1553 paves the way for avionics system upgrades in proven aircraft at much less cost and down time than would be required for other high data rate options that would require the installation of new wiring. These types of upgrades also may be done incrementally because HyPer-1553 technology can operate in parallel with MIL-STD-1553 data buses.
During the test, Boeing Phantom Works engineers used the HyPer-1553 data bus to transmit digital imagery data between a rugged chassis mounted in the forward equipment bay of the F-15E and a modified Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapon mounted on a wing pylon station. DDC’s circuit card with the HyPer-1553 interface was mounted to a Honeywell general purpose processor on each end of the interface.
During the test, the test team successfully transferred data at 40 megabits per second over an existing 1553 data bus infrastructure in parallel with MIL-STD-1553 data being transmitted at 1 megabit per second. The team also transferred data at 80 and 120 megabits per second on a second 1553 bus dedicated to the higher speed data.
“HyPer-1553 builds upon DDC’s established MIL-STD-1553 product base, and allows us to couple the power of our ACE™ series of MIL-STD-1553 products with HyPer-1553™ technology” said Amir Massumi, Director of Marketing at DDC. DDC’s roadmap for HyPer-1553 technology includes plans to make it compatible with emerging Notice 5 requirements for MIL-STD-1553B technology.
Data Device Corporation is recognized as an international leading supplier of high-reliability data interface products for military and commercial aerospace applications since 1964 and MIL-STD-1553 products for more than 25 years. DDC has design and manufacturing facilities in Bohemia, N.Y. and in Cork, Ireland.
Boeing Phantom Works is the advanced research and development unit and a catalyst for innovation for The Boeing Company. It provides advanced solutions and innovative, breakthrough technologies that reduce cycle time and cost while improving the quality and performance of aerospace products and services.
Honeywell Aerospace is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft equipment, systems and services for military aircraft, commercial transport, regional and general aviation.