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Embedded computer.

The AB2000 is a family of rugged computer/ interface devices available in over 100 configurations and featuring a wide variety of expansion capabilities. more»

Databus protocols.

Order models with one or more built-in avionics databus protocols (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, 717, and 708) along with serial, discretes and other I/O. more»

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A computer and so much more...

With so many built-in capabilities, the highly-flexible AB2000 family is the ideal fit for a wide range of applications. These rugged, conduction-cooled, COTS devices combine a powerful computer processor, multi-protocol databus interfaces, Ethernet, USB, other I/O, and PMC expansion in a small, lightweight package.

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Multiple protocols.

The AB2000 has what you need.

Avionics databus protocols are not an add-on with the AB2000. Choose the model that includes one or multiple protocols built right in to meet the unique needs of your application.

Powerful interface circuitry manages protocol functions so the AB2000's processor is free to concentrate on your software application.

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PMC expansion.

Add additional I/O and functionality through the PMC site, such as Ethernet switch, relays, synchronous serial, CAN bus. more»


Create your own unique blend of problem-solving personalities through software programming and the hardware resources on the AB2000. more»

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Add additional capabilities.

With PMC expansion.

Factory-installed PMC cards allow you to do even more with the AB2000. Here are just a few examples:

 • Ethernet Switch
 • Synchronous Serial
 • CAN bus

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Embedded solutions.

High performance. Small size.

The AB2000 combines high performance with multiple configuration options, hardware expandability, and software programming, allowing system designers to shape the personality of the device and solve difficult problems with less hardware and less cost than ever before.

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Reduce SWaP

The Rugged AB2000 is a family of compact, conduction or convection-cooled computers for use in demanding environments. These flexible, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) devices solve challenging interface, bridging and control problems, while reducing SWaP (Size, Weight and Power).

PowerPC® Processor

At the heart of the AB2000 is a user programmable PowerPC processor that can be controlled by embedded software or by a separate computer over Ethernet. The AB2000 interface hardware circuitry provides a high level of functionality which assures full use of the processor for the software application.


Built-in Interfaces

What separates the AB2000 from other embedded computers is the wide variety of built-in avionics interfaces and standard I/O in such a small package. This functionality is integral to the unit's design to ensure the highest level of compatibility and performance.

Available interfaces include:

  • MIL-STD-1553
  • ARINC 429/575
  • ARINC 708/453
  • ARINC 717/573
  • RS-232/422/485
  • Ethernet (10/100)
  • USB 2.0 Host (High Speed)
  • Flash Storage
  • Discrete I/O
  • PMC Expansion

Powerful Solutions

The AB2000 Series delivers outstanding performance on the ground and in the air. They are routinely deployed on helicopter, fixed wing, and ground mobile platforms in applications that include:

  • Data and protocol converter
  • Network server
  • Health monitor
  • Local/distributed control
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) integration
  • Maintenance gateway
  • Data recorder
  • Ethernet switch

Learn more about the problem-solving personalities of the AB2000.

Standard Computer Interfaces

All models have the following interfaces:

  • RS-232/423/422/485 2 channels (selectable)
  • Ethernet (10/100) 1 port
  • USB 2.0 2 host ports
  • IRIG A/B AM/DC TTL receiver

Avionics Interfaces

The following interfaces are available on common COTS configurations:

  • MIL-STD-1553 Up to 4 dual redundant channels
  • ARINC 429 Up to 24 channels
  • ARINC 708 Up to 4 channels
  • ARINC 717 Up to 2 channels (Biphase/Bipolar)
  • Avionics Discrete I/O Up to 48 programmable Input/Outputs

Additional Interfaces

The PMC expansion architecture of the AB2000 provides flexibility to include many other interface capabilities, such as:

Contact us for more information on the features above, or to talk about your specific interface requirements.


  • PowerPC processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • 16 MB Flash
  • Real Time Clock with backup power
  • Voltage and temperature monitoring
  • Flash drive
  • Conduction cooled PMC site
  • Power: 28 VDC nominal
  • MTBF: 350,000+ hours


  • Extended Temperature
  • Conduction or convection cooled
  • DO-160, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461


  • Compact enclosure: 5.46 x 7.31 x 2.48 in (139 x 186 x 63 mm)
  • Weight: 3.5 lb (1.6 kg) Horizontal & vertical mounting

For full specifications, refer to product datasheet under the "Downloads" tab.

Embedded or Tethered Operation

There are two ways software can operate the AB2000, either embedded or tethered. Embedded programs for the PowerPC processor are first developed on a host computer and then uploaded to the AB2000's universal BTIDriver non-volatile Flash memory. At power-on the embedded application boots from the Flash memory and runs without host intervention. The tethered case is where a separate computer runs the application and controls the AB2000 over Ethernet.

Software Development Kit

The included Software Development Kit (SDK) provides tools and examples to facilitate the development of software applications. The AB2000 uses Ballard's universal BTIDriver API, so application software for the AB2000 can be easily ported to or from other Ballard products. Although the AB2000 can be easily configured and run with only a few API calls, the comprehensive library includes a broad range of functions for specialized needs. The optional CoPilot software facilitates analysis and test for in-flight and other embedded applications.



CoPilotCoPilot 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. Add CoPilot at anytime, or purchase with the AB2000 at a special bundled price.
   »Find out more about CoPilot

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AB2000 Models

Ballard offers over 60 COTS AB2000 configurations. Contact Ballard for detailed information and custom needs. The following are a few example configurations:

Model AB2280
Base Model features plus 4 dual redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channels

Model AB2146
Base Model features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429 and 1R/1T ARINC 717 channels

Model AB2342
Base Model features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429, 1R/1T ARINC 708 and 1 dual redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channel

Many more models are available.
Contact Ballard for more information.

  Datasheet AB2000 Series Datasheet 9/3/2013
X Product Manual AB2000 Series Manual 8/17/2012
X API Manual BTIDriver 1553 Manual 11/21/2013
X API Manual BTIDriver 429 Manual 11/21/2013
X API Manual BTIDriver 708 Manual 11/21/2013
X API Manual BTIDriver 717 Manual 11/21/2013
X API Manual BTIDriver 717 Repeater Addendum 9/14/2007
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
X Other AB2000 Horizontal Mounting Info Sheet 10/22/2008
X Other AB2000 Vertical Mounting Info Sheet 10/22/2008
X Other AB2000 Installation CAD Files 4/6/2009
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