Data Converter Certification
AgiLynx, of Billerica, Mass., completed software verification and environmental and Electromagnetic Compatibility testing of its Lynx Series Protocol Converters, which are designed for airborne applications. The converter transfers data between Mil-Std-1553B and ARINC 429 data buses, and provides 28V DC-compatible Input/Output discrete interfaces. It supports eight 429 inputs, four 429 outputs, 16 discrete inputs, four discrete outputs and two separate 1553B dual-redundant buses. Product compliance includes DO-160D Cat. A3E3X Lightning, Cat. Y (200 V/M) Radiated and Cat. W Conducted RF Susceptibility, Sec. 16 and 18 Cat. Z Power (+28V DC), and Cat. D1 temperature. The unit software is verified to DO-178B Level D. For more information, visit www.agilynx.com.
VMETRO released a FPGA processing engine, the FPE650, which integrates four Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs with two FMC I/O sites and VPX high-speed serial backplane connectivity. VMETRO said it can handle digital signal processing applications such as electronic countermeasures, signal intelligence and electro-optics. The FPE650 has four user programmable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs; two interface to four banks of 9 Mbytes QDR2 SRAM memory and two FPGAs interface to two banks of 9 Mbytes QDR2 SRAM memory and two banks of 640 Mbytes DDR2 SDRAM memory. Visit www.vmetro.com.
North Atlantic Industries, Bohemia, N.Y., released 73LD4, a 6-channel linear voltage differential transducer (LVDT)/rotary variable differential transformer (RVDT)-to-Digital Converter on a PC-104 card. The 73LD4 includes six independent, isolated, programmable LVDT/RVDT tracking converter measurement channels, each with 16-bit resolution, a tracking rate to 150 strokes per second, digital velocity output and wraparound self-test. It requires a single +5Vdc power supply and operates over a frequency range of 360 Hz to 10 KHz. It is available with an operating temperature range of -40°C to +80°C. Each converter channel is self-calibrating. The converter is suited for military and commercial programs, including airborne and ground mobile applications. Visit www.naii.com.
Becker Avionics, Miramar, Fla., released the AR6201 VHF-AM, an updated transceiver, which the company described as smaller and lighter than its predecessors. AR6201, which uses digital signal processing technology, is mountable in a 2 ¼-inch instrument panel recess and is equipped with an AM-transmitter and a display. It is prepared for 8,33 kHz spacing. Other features include a built-in-test facility and dual monitor mode. Visit www.beckerusa.com.
Electronic Flight Bag
Flight Deck Resources, Irvine, Calif., introduced the SkyTab 1500 Class I Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). The EFB measures 9.09-inch by 7.55-inch by 0.9-inch and weighs 2.62 pounds. It has 1.2 GHZ processing power, 1 GB RAM and up to 120 GB of storage. The company said the EFB demonstrates the convenience of a Class 1 EFB, without the hindrance of transporting a notebook computer. Visit www.flightdeck.aero.
Mercury Computer Systems, Chelmsford, Mass., introduced its SR-110 10GE VXS Gateway, which transports data among multiple switch fabrics and I/O protocols, linking sub-systems based on different communications standards without user intervention. The system is used in Mercury Computer’s standard VXS chassis, which are deployed in large, manned aircraft. With this device, developers can implement a single, platform-wide Ethernet network that streams sensor data to command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) applications. Features include 32 MB of flash memory and a 10-Gigabit Ethernet interface. Visit www.mc.com.
Sensor Systems, Chatsworth, Calif., introduced a digitally tuned, self-contained antenna designed for Rockwell Collins ARC-210, Raytheon ARC-231 and Rhodes & Schwartz M3AR 6000 radios. The S65-8282-831, which measures about 10-inches high, is tuned through the 30-512 MHz band and has four times more gain (transmit and receive) in the 30 – 88 MHz frequency band. Visit www.sensorantennas.com.
Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions, Brockton, Mass., released a 6-slot 3U VPX Ruggedized Enhanced Design Implementation (REDI) backplane for military and aerospace applications. The VPX REDI backplane integrates the latest VITA 46 and 48 standards with the capabilities of VMEbus technology. The VPX REDI backplane can be customized and is available with rear I/O. The new 716 Series conduction-cooled ATR enclosures is an ideal pairing for the 3U VPX REDI backplane. Visit www.gavazzi-computing.com.
Data Device Corp. (DDC), Bohemia, N.Y., enhanced its software development kits for Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 data bus applications. DDC said the kits allow users to develop "C" source code to simulate, monitor or troubleshoot 1553 and/or 429 data buses with support for the latest operating system versions. Users are able to integrate DDC’s multi-protocol avionics PMC (BU-65590F/M) into their "C" code applications, the company said. Visit www.ddc-web.com.
Vision Systems International and Elbit Systems Ltd. introduced a line of Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD), called the Helmet Mounted Avionics (HMA) suite, serving the fixed-wing fighter market. Part of the line, HMD Lite, can be integrated into the avionics, providing the benefits of prior HMDs, including helmet visor projected imagery and symbology, precision head tracking and cueing. The displays also offers an upgrade of avionics capabilities such as navigation, audio and video recording, training, simulation and mission management. Visit www.vsi-hmcs.com.
AIM, Freiburg, Germany, introduced the model ACX3910-x CompactPCI (6U) card for cPCI-based avionics test systems. The card provides protocol testing and simulation of STANAG3910 LS/HS bus controller, multiple remote terminals and chronological monitoring at full bus loads. It also supports EFAbus Direct Digital Links and Fibre Optic DDL acquisition. The ACX3910-x provides one or two fully independent dual redundant STANAG3910 Low Speed and High Speed interfaces on a single cPCI card. EFAbus Express (EFEX) protocol is supported in all operating modes and at full bus rates. EFEX functionality is co-resident with STANAG3910 protocol to support either the Tranche I or Tranche II Eurofighter Typhoon standard. Selection of STANAG3910 or EFEX mode is via a software switch. Visit www.aim-online.com.
Sensors Unlimited, Princeton, N.J., part of Goodrich Corp., introduced a line of near-infrared and shortwave-infrared cameras designed for unmanned aerial and ground vehicle applications. The cameras are available in high-sensitivity packages with 320 x 256 pixels or 640 x 512 pixel resolution, the company said. Sensors Unlimited said the cameras are able to see light wavelengths from 0.7 microns to 1.7 microns, whereas traditional night vision cameras are capable of seeing wavelenths of 1.0 microns. The cameras, which use Goodrich’s indium gallium arsenide night vision technology, are able to detect and track at the range of military lasers. The systems are designed for integration into night vision and laser detection systems on unmanned vehicles, rifle scopes, precision-guided munitions and hostile fire indicators, the company said. Visit www.isr.goodrich.com.
Emteq, New Berlin, Wis., was granted a Supplemental Type Certificate from FAA for its anti-collision exterior light. The launch customer, Lynden Air Cargo, of Anchorage, Alaska, is installing the light on its L-382 aircraft, which Emteq said makes it a replacement option on the C-130 and similar-sized military as well as most Part 25 civilian aircraft. Visit www.emteq.com.
Beta Transformer Technology Corp., Bohemia, N.Y., introduced a line of custom low-power switch-mode transformers. The transformers are 0.195-inch high, 0.309-inch wide and 0.240-inch long. Applications of the transformers include switching power supplies, point of load converters, power over Ethernet, DC-DC converters, gate drives and current transformers. Visit www.bttc-beta.com.
Barco’s Duluth, Ga., service center was FAR145 certified by FAA for local service and repair. The certification enables the center to perform maintenance on the CDMS Control Display Units and FDU-2000 Flight Display Units for general aviation. Visit www.barco.com.
Aero-Instruments, Cleveland, Ohio, announces the availability of its FAA PMA approved Boeing 757 pitot probe. The Aero-Instruments 0851FJ-1-AI Pitot Probe is a direct replacement for the 0851FJ-1 or S232N911-2 Pitot Probe installed on all Boeing 757s. The 0851FJ-1-AI Pitot Probe meets or exceeds SAE AS393, AS8006, BS2G.135 and TSO C-16A standards for environmental icing. Visit www.aero-instruments.com.
Rosen Aviation, Eugene, Ore., signed an agreement with Kestrel Group, of Simpsonville, S.C., for representation of its in-flight entertainment systems to the Asian market through VIP service and modification centers. Visit www.rosenaviation.com.
Avidyne, Lincoln, Mass., received FAA approval to retrofit Cessna 300-series piston twin models with its Envision Integrated Flight Deck. Avidyne and Southern Star Avionics, Mobile, Ala., added the Cessna 320, 335 and 340 piston twins to the FAA Approved Model List of aircraft authorized for retrofit of the Envision system. Visit www.avidyne.com.