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January 26, 2012

Alta releases PMCE-1553

Creates a real-time Ethernet to 1553 converter

By CBR Staff Writer

Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) communications products provider Alta Data Technologies has released PMCE-1553, a new product that provides an Ethernet backplane interface to one or two dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 network busses.

Alta has implemented an FPGA "thin-server" UDP technology to provide direct packet access to 1553 BC, mRT and BM setup memory, creating a real-time Ethernet to 1553 converter.

The company’s modular software package AltaAPI provides complete portability between applications written for PCI/PCI Express and Ethernet based products, the ultimate in code reuse and system flexibility.

Further, the customer can bypass Alta’s software and have direct Ethernet access to 1553 memory for possible DO178 certified systems.

Alta CTO Rich Wade said building off Alta’s 1553 to Ethernet converter product, ENET-1553, Alta designed a real-time, thin-sever UDP Ethernet memory interface, and then added an auto-bridging mode for converting 1553 to UDP packets.

"PMCE-1553 can auto-boot BC and RT images for simple UDP socket access making it virtually OS/machine independent.DO178 compliant operating systems can use their certified Ethernet IP/UDP stack and bypass library functions, and thus, eliminating costly code certification steps," said Wade.

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