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Semiconductor IP Provider Adds Avionics Interface Cores to Product Line

By S.L. Fuller | June 2, 2017

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Cast Inc., semiconductor internet protocol (IP) provider, has added DO-254 avionics interface cores, thanks to a partnership with Nolam Embedded Systems, Cast said.

Initially, three Nolam IP cores for avionics standards are to be added to Cast’s product line: MIL-STD 1553, ARINC-429 and ARINC-825.

“The MIL-STD 1553 core is a serial data bus controller for avionics, space, and sever environment applications. It supports single, dual or quad channels and the standard’s BC, RT, and BM modes,” Cast said. “The ARINC-429 core is a point-to-point serial data bus controller typically used in commercial aricraft systems. It supports any number of receiver and transmitter channels. The ARINC-825 core is a bus controller conforming to this aerospace-tailored version of the CAN 2.0 bus standard.”

Developers wouldn’t have to worry about design process compliance with these cores. Certification data packages for Design Assurances Levels E through A are available. The cores have also already been deployed in designs, proving themselves in the field. A supporting ecosystem is readily available, Cast said, including field-programmable gate array (FPGA) mezzanine cards (FMC).

“Lives are literally at stake if the buses and interfaces deep within airplane systems ever fail to perform,” said Nikos Zervas, CEO for Cast. “System designers aware of our leadership in CAN FD have often asked for DO-254 qualified avionics cores, and we’re very happy now to not only satisfy their requests but to actually surpass their expectations with these robust and field-proven cores from Nolam.”

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