Ballard Technology, Inc. Customer Login | Employment | Search Astronics Corporation
    BUSBox Family Home > Products > BUSBox Family
Bookmark and Share
Possible Replacements...
Ethernet/USB for ARINC 429

USB 1553 Adapter

USB 429/717 Adapter

USB 708 Adapter

Avionics BusBox 1000

Avionics BusBox 2000

USB Interface for Avionics Databus

download datasheet
USB Interface for Avionics Databus
  • Multiple protocols supported
  • Versatile and easy to use
  • Portable
  • Easily accessible
  • Control from host
  • Host controlled via USB 1.1 or serial (RS-232) interface
  • API and driver software included
  • CoPilot® software available

Legacy Product

This is a legacy product and should not be specified for new programs. For replacements of this product and for all new applications please consider the "Possible Replacements" at left, or browse our other products.

The BUSBox® is a family of versatile avionics databus interfaces. Through a BUSBox any computer with a USB or RS-232 serial port can communicate over or monitor an avionics databus. Different BUSBox models support different avionics databus protocols with various levels of functionality. CoPilot, an interactive graphical user interface, or an application specific software program may be used to control the BUSBox.

Military and commercial avionics databus protocols are available in BUSBox models. A BUSBox can support one or more avionics databus protocols. Multi-protocol BUSBoxes provide savings and simplicity over separate interfaces. A single protocol BUSBox may be upgraded later with additional channels or capabilities. Though the BUSBox is normally controlled through a USB or serial port, custom models are available for stand-alone operation as data converters.

The BUSBox offers many advantages over alternative avionics databus interfaces. Using inexpensive USB hubs and BUSBoxes, a single computer can communicate with or monitor an unlimited number of avionics databuses. The BUSBox is small and can sit conveniently on the desktop, tucked out of sight, or mounted in various ways. It is Plug-and-Play and may be installed without opening or even powering down the computer, making it easy to share and move around between different portable and desktop computers.

Custom gate arrays and a powerful Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in the BUSBox handle the avionics databus protocol without host intervention. The large on-board memory and flexible message buffering schemes ensure data integrity and ample capacity. Only data for messages of interest need to be passed to/from the host over the USB or serial interface.

The BUSBox is versatile enough to be used in many different test software and operational applications, essentially anywhere a computer needs to interface with an avionics databus. Typical applications include research and development, production and acceptance testing, system simulation, maintenance, flight test, and on-board/in-flight avionics.

MIL-STD-1553: All 1553 models provide Bus Controller (BC), Remote Terminal (RT) and Monitor operation. They support all 1553 message types. Advanced models can simultaneously operate as the BC, Monitor, and any number of RTs, and can selectively inject protocol errors.

ARINC 429: Combinations of transmit and receive channels are available for a total of 2, 4 or 8 ARINC 429 channels. Receive channels have error and speed detection and extensive filtering. Transmit channels automatically maintain transmit intervals and allow selective error injection and concurrent aperiodic labels.

Others: Interfaces for ARINC 708 (weather radar) and ARINC 717 (flight data recorder) are also available. Part numbers for single protocol USB products and CoPilot Systems are listed in the table below.

Single-Protocol Products:

BUSBox (only) CoPilot System (BUSBox with CoPilot) CoPilot Plus System (BUSBox with CoPilot Plus)
BC, RT, or Monitor
BB1100 CS-BB1100 CP-BB1100
Multi-terminal (4) BB1200 CS-BB1200 CP-BB1200
Multi-terminal (32) BB1300 CS-BB1300 CP-BB1300
Multi-terminal (32) & concurrent
BB1400 CS-BB1400 CP-BB1400
ARINC 429/575
2 Channels: 1R/1T
BB1010 CS-BB1010 CP-BB1010
4 Channels: 2R/2T BB1020 CS-BB1020 CP-BB1020
0R/4T BB1030 CS-BB1030 CP-BB1030
4R/0T BB1040 CS-BB1040 CP-BB1040
8 Channels: 4R/4T BB1050 CS-BB1050 CP-BB1050
6R/2T BB1060 CS-BB1060 CP-BB1060
2R/6T BB1070 CS-BB1070 CP-BB1070
8R/0T BB1080 CS-BB1080 CP-BB1080
0R/8T BB1090 CS-BB1090 CP-BB1090
ARINC 708/453 (1R/1T) BB1700 CS-BB1700 n.a.
ARINC 717/573 (4 channels) BB1001 n.a. n.a.

Combinations: Models are available with different mixes of protocols. Some of the more popular combinations of protocols are ARINC 429 with ARINC 717, ARINC 429 with ARINC 708, and MIL-STD-1553 with ARINC 429. Part numbers for twenty-seven product combinations are listed in the table below. When ordering a CoPilot or CoPilot Plus system, part numbers must be prefaced by a "CS-" or "CP-" as shown in the table above.

Multi-Protocol Products:

  ARINC 429
(4 CH)
BC, RT, or Monitor
BB1120 BB1130 BB1140 BB1101
Multi-terminal (4) BB1220 BB1230 BB1240 BB1201
Multi-terminal (32) BB1320 BB1330 BB1340 BB1301
Multi-terminal (32) & concurrent
BB1420 BB1430 BB1440 BB1401
 ARINC 708/453 BB1720 BB1730 BB1740 BB1701
 ARINC 717/573 BB1021 BB1031 BB1041

Custom: The BUSBox may be easily adapted to custom requirements. A display and keypad are available.

The easiest way to use BUSBox is with the powerful graphical program called CoPilot, available as an optional package. CoPilot supports and greatly simplifies tasks associated with defining and scheduling messages and with capturing and analyzing data.

Alternatively, software developers can use the bundled Application Program Interface (API) that enables quick and easy development of custom applications. With only a few API calls a program can configure the BUSBox and process messages to/from the avionics databus. Although most tasks require only a few API functions, the comprehensive library includes a broad range of tools for specialized needs. Driver software is included for Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP.

  Datasheet BUSBox Datasheet 6/14/2004
X Product Manual BUSBox Manual 2/28/2002
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 Driver 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 BUSBox Java Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples BUSBox C Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples BUSBox VB Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples BUSBox LabVIEW Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples BUSBox C-Sharp Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples BUSBox VB.NET Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Williamsburg Library and Examples 3/3/2010
Get Adobe Reader

Adobe Acrobat is required to view PDF documents. Click Here to download a free version of Acrobat Reader.

Databus Analyzer & Simulator

D-Sub to 2 twinax cables and one D-Sub connector

MIL-STD-1553 Bus Connectivity Kit 2 (dual stub)

Site Map | Privacy Policy | Legal Copyright © 1996-2016 Ballard Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.