ARINC 664 / AFDX® COMPATIBLE INTERFACES
Ballard's ARINC 664 products interface various computer platforms with Ethernet based aircraft data networks. They enable computers with PCI, cPCI, or PMC expansion slots to receive and transmit data over an ARINC 664 Part 7 Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet network, also known as AFDX®, a registered trademark of Airbus. These products meet the demanding requirements of ARINC 664, which is used on many of the newest aircraft.
Engineers and technicians use these Ballard interface cards for development, production, and maintenance of ARINC 664 equipped products and systems. Ballard products are used as testers of end systems, as simulators of network switches and end systems, and as databus analyzers for measuring and recording network performance. Applications are found in engineering laboratories, in avionics and airframe factories, on the flight-line, and in maintenance facilities.
A powerful dedicated on-board processor (PowerPC®) handles the protocol, freeing the host processor for user applications. Integrity checking, redundancy management, and flow control (scheduling) are all built-in to the firmware running on the on-board processor.