Sital Announces the Release of the BRD1553 PC104 PC104 Multi Interface Board

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Sital Announces the Release of the BRD1553 PC104 PC104 Multi Interface Board

Sital Technology announces the launch of its new PC104+ board, an efficient and robust platform for avionics communication bus applications.

BRD1553PC104 Board is a PC-104+ Card, multi-standard board that consists of 2 dual-redundant channels of Mil-Std-1553. It’s compatible with Mil-Std-1760 and Mil-Std-1553B as well as its channels can independently be configured to work with EBR1553, WB-194, and H009  in conjunction with 1553. Other protocols, such as French DigiBus, also are available when requested.

The PC-104+ Board’s based on Sital’s proven H009, 1553 & WB-194 (WMUX) IP cores, loaded into an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) component and discrete components transceivers. The board is able to be programmed by Sital, allowing the flexibility to support a variety of protocols and configurations with the use of the exact same hardware. It includes 8 Generic I/O pins, that could be utilized as RS-485/RS-422, and also includes ARINC-429 (8 for transmit and 16 for receive channels) or 8 avionics I/O ports. Also, the board includes 8 digital I/Os & IRIG-B time-tag input & output channels.

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Sital Announces the Availability of 10 Mbit MIL-STD-1553 IP Cores

Eight integrated circuits on a circuit board

Sital Technology announced today that it completed the design of the Enhanced Bit Rate (EBR) 1553 Intellectual Property core for FPGA.

EBR-1553 is a 10Mbps bit rate protocol that utilized the robust Mil-Std-1553 protocol over RS-485 transceivers in a hub-based point-to-point connection. Using a star network topology between BC & Remote Terminals enables robust and high-speed data transfer.

Sital’s EBR-1553 IP core’s based on Sital’s proven BRM1553D 1553 IP cores, with DDC® Enhanced Mini-Ace® compatible interface. The ones available are Remote Terminals, Bus Controller as well as Bus Monitor IP Core configurations. The BRM1553D core can work with any FPGA, and requires only a standard RS-485 transceiver, which supports 10Mbps.

Users of Sital’s EBR-1553 IP core can select the core configuration (BC, RT, MT), clock frequency, memory configuration and FPGA family. The back-end interface can be targeted to a local-bus, PCI bus or simple FIFO/registers read/write bus.

The IP Core is provided with software drivers for Windows, Linux, and QNX along with high-level API. The API is fully compatible with DDC API, so that software developers already used to the DDC interface can easily transfer their existing applications to EBR.

An EBR-1553 tester is also available, utilizing the exact same hardware as the commonly used MultiComBox™, only with updated firmware.

“We are very pleased that we can now deliver high-speed EBR-1553 IP to our customers” said Duli Yariv, Sital’s VP Sales and Marketing. “Customers will enjoy the robustness of the 1553 protocol at a high speed of 10Mbps over the very low-cost RS-485 transceivers, with the ability to easily integrate the core into their FPGA and application” he added.

Ofer Hofman, Sital’s CTO pointed that “unlike other vendors’ solutions, Sital’s is a complete solution that includes all modes of operation – BC, RT and Monitor – along with software drivers and EBR tester hardware”.

The EBR-1553 IP core joins the Sital’s growing family of Mil-Std-1553, Arinc429, CAN, WB-194 and other reliable serial bus communication IP cores and solutions.

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NASA selects Sital’s BRM1553D IP for MIL-STD-1553 Space Equipment Communication

Kfar Saba, Israel – November 16, 2005 – Sital Technology, a leading provider of military standard Intellectual Property (IP) cores, announced today that NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will be using the company’s MIL-STD-1553B IP Core, the BRM1553D, for their deep space mission logic designs.

NASA chose Sital’s product after a rigorous selection process during which it was thoroughly tested against several other competing products. It will be implemented inside a space environment hardened Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) which incorporates several electronic circuits to create a general purpose MIL-STD-1553B Remote Terminal.

Featuring the smallest gate count in the industry, Sital’s BRM1553D MIL-STD-1553B IP core offers highly improved reliability over other 1553 solutions. The product connects the back-end user logic with the front-end, a standard MIL-STD-1553B Muxbus which enables real-time management by connecting all the subsystems of avionics and satellite systems.

Sital’s product provides high levels of robustness, flexibility and ease-of-use and, in contrast with most cores and devices, does not require a CPU to manage the backend. It is also one of the few IP cores on the market that passed the RT Validation tests, a set of complex qualification tests required to connect to the front-end and ensure complete reliability.

“Sital’s product answered NASA’s requirements on several levels. They were looking for a product that would enable them to easily connect their data sources and data targets on the back-end, and would not require a CPU for managing the backend,” said Ofer Hofman, founder and R&D Manager of Sital Technology. “NASA’s decision to use an IP core, rather than a discrete device, is a significant milestone in the 20 year history of the MIL-STD-1553B standard. It signals an industry-wide trend towards using the more reliable and easily customizable IP cores for FPGAs instead of the expensive and inflexible single source 1553 IC chips.”

Sital’s IP cores are available for Remote Terminal and Bus Monitor applications. An IP core for Bus Controller applications will be available in Q1 2006. Sital’s business model enables the company to customize pricing models per the customer’s specific needs.

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