The CM429-1/717 is a Type II or rugged Type III PCMCIA card with one ARINC 717 receive channel, two ARINC 429 receivers and one ARINC 429 transmitter. ARINC 429 or ARINC 717 modes are selected through software. The CM429-1/717 is ideal for testing and troubleshooting Flight Data Recorders and associated avionics systems. Installed in a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, it allows the user to communicate over ARINC 429 databuses, or to receive and view ARINC 717 data.
The CM429-1/717 receives 717 Harvard biphase signals from either the DFDAU or the DFDR. ARINC 717 receive channel can operate at 64, 128, 256, 512, or 1024 words/sec. The 717 Monitor program is provided for viewing the ARINC 717 data words. This easy-to-use Windows program allows the user to configure the hardware (set speed, location of sync words, etc.) and select a given word for viewing. Data is displayed in binary and octal form, and an indication of sync status is given. Subframes and superframes are supported. An ARINC 717 Application Program Interface (API) library is also included.
ARINC 429 operation and features are the same as those available in the CM429-1/2R1T. Once configured and activated by the host computer, a transmit schedule is maintained autonomously and received messages are stored in internal buffers. The CM429-1 can simultaneously maintain a time-tagged history of bus activity in a sequential record. The CM429-1 comes with an Application Program Interface (API) which simplifies the development of ARINC 429 applications. CoPilot 429, a powerful graphical program, can be purchased separately or purchased with the card for additional savings. With this software, users can define and view ARINC 429 data in raw form, engineering units or as virtual controls and instruments. The concurrent monitor saves all or selected messages with time-tags for subsequent processing or analysis. The API and 717 Monitor run under Windows.