CompactPCI (cPCI)/PXI: Four lines EBR Compact PCI (cPCI) tester


Multi-Standard cPCI Card for Avionics Interfaces including

Mil-Std-1553, H009, WB-194, ARINC 429, Digital and Avionics Discrete I/Os, RS-485 and others.



cPCI HyperBoard is a cPCI-compatible, multi-standard board that contains up to eight channels of Mil-Std-1553. It is compatible with Mil-Std-1553B and Mil-Std-1760 and its channels can be configured independently to work with H009 and WB194 in conjunction with 1553 (other protocols also available).
The board includes four channels that can be configured as RS-485/RS-422, IRIG-B or ARINC-429. It also includes eight avionics I/O ports and eight digital I/Os.

cPCI HyperBoard is software-compatible with DDC® Enhanced MiniACE® components and architecture and with 32K or 64K words of internal RAM per channel, enabling fast and easy integration with existing or new systems.

The board is provided with software drivers for Windows and Linux along with high-level API to ease application development.

Sital’s Luthier™ program for 1553 bus simulation and analysis is also provided. It includes an advanced GUI (Graphical User Interface) for controlling the board, generating bus traffic and monitoring and emulating a real bus environment.

Feature Summary:
Includes Couplers and Attenuation network for direct connection to units under test.
Card can be ordered in various configurations and bus interfaces
Up to 8 dual-redundant Mil-Std-1553B channels
Channels can be independently or simultaneously configured for Mil-Std-1553, H009, and WB-194 applications (depending on card model)
All channels are compatible with Mil-Std 1553B Notice 2, Mil-Std-1760, each channel can be configured as BC or RT+MT
32K or 64K word RAM per channel
Tester configuration for all protocols supporting concurrent BC, Multi-RT and Monitor, error injection and enhanced monitoring
Available as software-compatible with DDC® Enhanced MiniACE® architecture
4 x RS-485/RS-422 or ARINC-429 I/Os (depending on card model)
External Time Tag Clock input and output (through IRIG B)
8X avionics discrete I/Os
8X digital discrete I/Os
32-bit PCI 33/66MHz compatible
Very fast PCI access, works from PCI clock and supports PCI burst
Conduction or air-cooled PMC
Provided with drivers, software API for Windows and Linux
Low power consumption and low heat dissipation

cPCI HyperBoard™ Tester Functionality
The cPCI HyperBoard is based on Sital’s proven 1553, H009 and WB-194 IP cores, loaded into an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) component, and discrete components transceivers, which can be programmed by Sital, allowing the flexibility to support various configurations and protocols using the exact same hardware.

The board can be used for on-board avionics systems or for lab testing equipment.

Customers can select the appropriate configuration for their specific requirement, for example – all channels are configured as Mil-Std-1553, or another configuration can be 4 channels of 1553 and 2 channels of H009, or all channels of 1553, with 4 channels working concurrently as WB-194 channels.

Other configurations and protocols are available upon request.

The board can also serve as a fully-functional 8-channel tester for the various protocols supporting concurrent BC, Multi-RT and enhanced monitoring. In such cases, Sital provides MuxSim™, MuxMonitor™ and MCXSim™ software tools for simulation, testing and analysis of avionics bus traffic.

In addition to avionics protocols, the board also includes 8 avionics discrete I/Os, supporting up to 35V inputs connected via opto-couplers, as well as 8 discrete digital I/Os for other applications.

IRIG-B input and output are supported for external time-tag. These ports can also be used as RS-485 I/O or can otherwise be configured to support up to four ARINC-429 channels, 2 for TX and 2 for RX.

Provided Software
cPCI HyperBoard tester software consists of several components:

MuxSim™ – a program that manages the simulation of a 1553 bus by creating messages and frames, controlling timing and rates of messages, selecting active busses and active Remote Terminals and re-transmitting pre-recorded bus data.
MuxMonitor™ – a program that monitors the 1553 bus, records bus data into files, re-plays the recorded data in simulation or onto the real bus, enables filters and triggers for recording and re-playing. This program allows the user to track and follow bus messages, errors and any behavior that needs to be evaluated.
mcxSIM™ – a program that manages a batch based simulation of the 1553 and RS-485 buses by reading a command files which contains information of the required 1553 and RS-485 communication (messages, frames, timing, rates, active busses, active Remote Terminals, etc…) and operate accordingly.
TesterDLL – a Dynamic Link Library module that serves software functions which operate the MultiComBox™. Software programmers should use this DLL file if they want to create their own application or GUI. More information on TesterDLL can be found on TesterDLL User’s Manual.