[Avionics Today 11-24-2015] AIM GmbH has introduced a new “dimension” of ARINC429 interfaces for databus analyzer and data loader applications in the form of the AIM SmartCable. The first in the new AIM SmartCable family is the ASC429 for ARINC429 testing, designed to offer USB-based interface solution operating on a single USB 2.0 port (or higher). The low power hardware design enables a half-pocket sized interface for ARINC429 test, simulation, monitoring and data loading applications.
AIM's ARINC 429 SmartCable. Photo: AIM GmbH.
"Dedicated handheld devices displaying avionics bus data in basic and simple binary or hex view have been around for many years. Using the ASC429, coupled with tablets and smart pads that have USB 2.0 interfaces or higher, the AIM SmartCable offers various possibilities for cost efficient and smart implementations of highly portable test equipment solutions such as data bus analyzers, troubleshooting tools and data loading," said Joachim Schuler, general manager at AIM GmbH.
Having the necessary hardware, firmware and processing resources directly integrated within the almost standard D-Sub connector sized housing deal with data bus protocol-related real-time capabilities over the USB interface. Additional processing capability is offered by the use of a dual processor System-On-Chip (SOC) device inside the ASC.