The easiest way to use the MIL-STD-1553
functionality of your LX1553-5 board is with CoPilot, Ballard's Windows-based software. CoPilot is an intuitive, interactive program that simplifies the testing and
simulation of MIL-STD-1553 systems. In CoPilot, you can simulate the Bus Controller, up to 32 RTs, and monitor, record, and export bus activity. Data can be entered and displayed in engineering units
and data definitions may be saved to the 1553 database. CoPilot features include virtual instruments, strip charts, moving map displays, scripting, and software playback mode. CoPilot also supports
ARINC 429, ARINC 708, ARINC 717, ARINC 664/AFDX® protocols, and serial. You can add CoPilot at anytime. However, you will receive a discount when you purchase CoPilot bundled with the hardware.
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Alternatively, users can develop their own applications using the included BTIDriver API. With only a few function calls, a program can operate the Lx1553-5 and process messages to and from the avionics databuses. Functions include routines for transmitting, receiving, scheduling, recording, time-tagging, and data manipulation.
Driver software is included for Windows®, Linux®, VxWorks®, INTEGRITY®, LabVIEW, and LabVIEW-RT. Contact Ballard for availability of drivers for other operating systems.
The translation DLL (included) makes it easy to convert applications previously written for other Ballard products to run on this family of products.