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Avionics BusBox 1000 Series

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The AB1000 is a small, lightweight embedded computer with built-in interfaces for avionics databuses and a variety of standard I/O types.


  • Protocol converter
  • Data server (Ethernet)
  • Data recorder
  • Remote monitoring
Avionics BusBox 1000 Series
Avionics BusBox 1000 Series


  • MIL-STD-1553
  • ARINC 429/575
  • ARINC 708/453
  • RS-232/422/485
  • RS-232/422/485
  • Ethernet (10/100)
  • USB 2.0 Host (High Speed)
  • CompactFlash® disk
  • Discrete I/O

Avionics BusBox 1000

Ballard's Avionics BusBox 1000 Series is a small lightweight embedded computer with built-in interfaces for standard peripherals and for various avionics databuses. Under the direction of its application specific software, the AB1000 can autonomously perform tasks that involve receiving information from some interfaces and processing and mapping the information into other interfaces.


At the heart of the AB1000 Series is a user programmable PowerPC® processor, which controls the various standard (serial, Ethernet, and USB) and avionics databus (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429/708, etc.) interfaces. The high level of functionality implemented in the hardware interface circuitry gives the software application full use of the PowerPC processor.

Additional Features

The USB host port allows for the connection of a wide variety of devices. For example, a USB mass storage device could be used for transferring data to/from the AB1000 Series, or an 802.11 wireless device could be attached as an alternative to the wired Ethernet port. Also included are serial ports and avionics level discrete I/O which can be used to interface with other devices.

Flexibility For A Variety of Appliciations

The flexibility of the Avionics BusBox 1000 Series lends itself to many different applications. As a protocol converter, the Avionics BusBox 1000 Series can aid in the integration of commercial and military avionics. For example, acting as a MIL-STD-1553 Bus Monitor and an ARINC 429 transmitter, the Avionics BusBox 1000 Series could make navigation data from a military system available to a commercial device. The Ethernet port may be used in a variety of applications including an Ethernet-to-avionics bridge, an avionics data server, or a remote control/monitoring interface for avionics devices. Aircraft data can be monitored and recorded to the on-board CompactFlash disk. This is useful in maintenance applications where flight data can subsequently be analyzed to detect potential problems.


  • PowerPC processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • 16 MB Flash
  • Real Time Clock (with 650+ hours of backup)
  • CompactFlash slot (with power fail protection)
  • High resolution timer for time-tagging events (1 µs)
  • Embedded Linux Operating System


  • Storage Temperature: -55 to 100 deg C
  • Operating Temperature: -40 to 70 deg C


  • Compact Enclosure: 4 x 6 x 1.7 inch (excluding connectors and flange)
  • Mounting holes



  • BC/RT/MON (Single or Multi-Function)
  • Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
  • TA/SA message filtering
  • Sequential monitor


  • Periodic and asyncronous messages
  • Hardware controlled transmit schedule
  • Receive message filtering (Label/SDI)
  • Sequential monitor


  • Hardware controlled transmit schedule
  • Receive message filtering
  • Sequential monitor


  • Selectable baud rates
  • Optional handshake signals (232 mode)


  • Auto-sensing 10/100 Mb/s
  • TCP, UDP
  • Built-in Telnet, FTP, and Web servers

USB 2.0 Host

  • High Speed (480 Mb/s)
  • Mass storage devices
  • Wireless (802.11) devices

Discrete I/O

  • Outputs: Open/GND
  • Inputs: Open/GND or 28V/Open


The easiest way to use your Avionics BusBox 1000 is with CoPilot, Ballard's Windows-based software. CoPilot is the industry's leading productivity tool for avionics databus analysis and simulation. The intuitive graphical interface and advanced functionality allow you to quickly evaluate databus activity, view and interact with data, generate or modify messages, develop and manage test proceedures, and much more. CoPilot features include virtual instruments, hardware and software playback modes, triggering, and scripting. CoPilot supports MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, ARINC 708, ARINC 717, ARINC 664/AFDX® protocols and limited serial communications. You can add CoPilot at anytime. However, you will receive a discount when you purchase CoPilot bundled with the hardware.
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Programs for the PowerPC processor are developed on a host computer and then uploaded to the Avionics BusBox 1000 Series where they can be saved in non-volatile Flash memory. Applications can then boot from the Flash memory and run without host intervention.

Software Development Kit

A Software Development Kit (SDK) allows users to develop their applications using the included BTIDriver® API. Most Ballard products run Ballard's universal BTIDriver API, so applications developed for one platform or product can be easily ported to another. Although the Avionics BusBox 1000 Series can be easily configured and run with only a few API calls, the comprehensive library includes a broad range of functions for specialized needs.

Also included with the SDK are many example programs and the development tools for compiling applications to run on the embedded PowerPC processor.

Standard Models

The Avionics BusBox 1000 Series is available in a number of configurations. The following is a list of the standard models.

Model 100 (Base configuration)

  • PowerPC Processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • 16 MB Flash
  • Real Time Clock
  • 2 RS-232/422/485 (selectable)
  • 1 Ethernet (10/100) Port
  • 1 USB Host Port
  • 6 Open/GND Discrete Inputs
  • 4 Open/GND Discrete Outputs
  • CompactFlash (512MB)
  • 28 VDC supply (Industrial grade)

Model 110 (MIL-STD-1553)

  • Model 100 plus...
  • 1 MIL-STD-1553 (Multi-Function)

Model 140 (ARINC 429)

  • Model 100 plus...
  • 4R/2T ARINC 429

Model 150 (Base configuration)

  • Model 100 plus...
  • 1 MIL-STD-1553 (Multi-Function)
  • 4R/2T ARINC 429

Order Numbers

Avionics BusBox 1000 Series order numbers consist of the product series and a model number.

AB1150 = Product Series (AB1) + Model Number (150)

Standard Options

The standard configurations are customizable with some standard options. Please contact Ballard Technology about the following options.

  • 28 VDC supply (Avionics grade)
  • Different sized CompactFlash
  Datasheet AB1000 Series Datasheet 9/3/2013
X Product Manual AB1000 Series Manual 1/16/2009
X API Manual BTIDriver 1553 Manual 11/21/2013
X API Manual BTIDriver 429 Manual 11/21/2013
X Software SILO Avionics Data Recorder 6/28/2013
X Driver Avionics BusBox Driver Win32/64 8/12/2015
X Driver 32-bit Windows Driver Installer 8/12/2015
X Driver 64-bit Windows Driver Installer 8/12/2015
X Examples ABB Java Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Avionics BusBox C Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Avionics BusBox LabVIEW Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Avionics BusBox VB Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Avionics BusBox C-Sharp Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Avionics BusBox VB.NET Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Williamsburg Library and Examples 3/3/2010
X Linux BTIDriver Libraries for Linux 5/20/2015
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