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Do more with less.

Consolidate your I/O into a single expansion slot. The Mx5 comes with the avionics protocols and channels you need on one card.

Multiple protocols.

Choose one or a combination of two or more protocols: MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, 717, and 708. Also includes numerous discrete I/O.

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Do more with less.

Replace multiple embedded I/O cards...
...with ONE

Simplify your system, reduce SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power), and lower your costs by consolidating all of your I/O into a single expansion slot.

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Multiple protocols.

The choice is yours.

Whichever protocols your application requires, the Mx5 delivers. Need MIL-STD-1553 only? Or ARINC 717? You got it. Need ARINC 708 and 429? Or all four? No problem.

Get the model that perfectly fits your system: XMC or PMC, front or rear I/O, air or conduction cooled, and the combination of protocols and channels you need on one card.

Mx5 Series

High channel counts.

The high density design gives you more channels to work with: as many as 8 dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553 or 22 ARINC 429.

Embedded solutions.

The Mx5 is part of our COTS line of High Performance Embedded Solutions. Read more about it here. Go»

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High channel counts.

The most in the industry!

The Mx5 sets the new standard for performance and high channel counts:

MIL-STD-1553: Up to 8 channels (dual-redundant)
ARINC 429: Up to 22 channels (18R4T)
ARINC 717: Up to 4 channels (2R2T)
ARINC 708: Up to 4 channels (2R2T)

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Embedded solutions.

High performance. Small size.

The Mx5 Series has a lot in common with our AB2000 Series Embedded Computers. Both combine high performance and lots of options into small, lightweight packages, giving system designers the flexibility to solve difficult problems with less hardware and less cost than ever before.

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High performance

Mx5 databus interface cards enable embedded systems to communicate with, simulate, test, and monitor avionics equipment and systems.

These high performance mezzanine cards efficiently manage fully loaded databuses with ease. On-board protocol processors handle all databus activity, freeing the host for application-specific processing. 64 MB ECC (error correction) memory provides generous data storage with a variety of buffering schemes.

High speed host interfaces are achieved with an x4 PCI Express lane with bus mastering on XMC versions and a 32/64-bit, 33/66/133 MHz PCI-X interface on PMC versions. All cards have extensive built-in test (PBIT, CBIT, IBIT).


Array of styles

There's an Mx5 model to fit your system. Choose from the following:

  • XMC or PMC
  • Front or rear I/O

All cards can be conduction or convection (air) cooled

Valuable features

The Mx5 includes an array of other important features, including:

  • Numerous Discrete I/O
  • IRIG A/B PWM and AM
  • 48 bit time-tag
  • 64 MB ECC Data Memory
  • Extensive Built-in Test (BIT)

Application flexibility

With so many features and so much flexibility, the Mx5 is your best solution in a wide variety of applications, such as:

  • Rugged deployed systems
  • Embedded test systems
  • High performance simulators
  • Demanding requirements
  • Mixed protocol systems
  • Avionics upgrades and retrofits
  • Databus health monitoring

With the Mx5, it has never been easier to standardize on one product line for all of your mezzanine card I/O needs.

Protocols Available

The Mx5 Series features a wide variety of models, including single-protocol cards with high channel counts, as well as mixed-protocol cards that combine MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC protocols on the same board.


  • Up to 8 dual redundant channels
  • Single function models
    • BC, Monitor, or up to 32 RTs
  • Multi-function models
    • BC, Monitor, and up to 32 RTs
    • Error injection capability


  • Up to 18R4T


  • Up to 2R2T


  • Up to 2R2T

Standard Features

  • Model dependent protocol capability
  • 6 Avionics Discrete I/O
  • 2 In, 2 Out differential discretes
  • 4 virtual discretes
  • IRIG A/B input and output
  • 2 LED indicators
  • 64 MB ECC (error correction) memory


  • Component temperature: -40 to +85 deg C
  • Storage temperature: -55 to +100 deg C
  • Dim: 74 x 143.75 mm
  • Conformal coating options
  • IPC Class III assembly
  • RoHS 6/6 compliant

Platform Details

  • XMC Models
    • PCI Express bus
    • x4 lane, bus mastering
    • Power adapts to VPWR
  • PMC Models (PCI-X)
    • PCI-X bus
    • 33/66/133 MHz
    • 32/64-bit, bus mastering
  • Rear I/O models
    • Conduction cooled
    • P14/P16 connectors
  • Front I/O models
    • Convection cooled
    • SCSI-68 connectors

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


Users can develop their own software applications with the included BTIDriver API for C/C++, C#, VB, VB.Net, and LabVIEW.

With only a few function calls a program can operate an Mx5 and process messages to and from the avionics databuses. Functions include routines for transmitting, receiving, scheduling, recording, time-tagging, and manipulating data. An Mx5 card can use applications developed for other Ballard devices. Code migrates seamlessly from BTIDriver compatible devices or through a translation driver from older Ballard devices.


MS Windows®, Linux®, and VxWorks® OS drivers
Others drivers available on request



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 Mx5 at a special bundled price.
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Mx5 Ordering Guidelines

The Mx5 Series offers a wide variety of product configurations, protocols and options. The resulting part number list is too numerous and complex to show here. Contact Ballard Sales for assistance in determining the best Mx5 configuration to fit your needs. Examples below give you a sample of possible combinations. Letters in red are variable choices from the tables below. Not all possible combinations are available.

Mx5 Part Numbers


Configure part number with desired host options. Substitute the letters below for your choices.
   Example: ME5R/ for XMC, rear panel I/O, conduction cooled

x E = XMC
m R = Rear panel I/O
F = Front panel I/O

MIL-STD-1553 (nf)

For MIL-STD-1553 channels, add this section to the part number. Substitute the letters below for your desired options.
   Example: ME5R/8M for 8 multi function MIL-STD-1553 channels

n Number of channels up to 8*
f S = Single Function (all 1553 channels)
M = Multi Function (all 1553 channels)

*Multi-protocol models may have a reduced number of available channels. Contact Ballard Sales for more details.

ARINC 429 (rRtT)

For ARINC 429 channels, add this section to the part number. Substitute the letters below for your desired options.
   Example: ME5R/18R4T for 18R4T ARINC 429 channels

r Number of receive channels up to 18*
t Number of transmit channels up to 4

*Multi-protocol models may have a reduced number of available channels. Contact Ballard Sales for more details.

ARINC 717 (717)

For ARINC 717 channels, add 717 to the part number.
   Example: ME5R/18R4T-717 for 18R4T ARINC 429 channels and 2R2T ARINC 717 channels

717 Include 2 receive, 2 transmit ARINC 717 channels

ARINC 708 (708s)

For ARINC 708 channels, add this section to the part number. Substitute the letter below for your desired option.
   Example: ME5R/14R4T-7082 for 14R4T ARINC 429 channels and 2R2T ARINC 708 channels.

s 1 = 1R1T ARINC 708 channels
2 = 2R2T ARINC 708 channels

OPTIONS (/opt)

Additional options are available and are noted at the end of the part number. Contact Ballard Sales for more details.    Example: ME5R/8M/FXY adds conformal coating to an 8 channel MIL-STD-1553 card.

FXY Conformal coating


The following are examples of other multi-protocol models:

  • MP5R/4M-10R4T-717/FXY
  • MP5F/14R4T-717-7082
  • ME5F/8M-717


  Datasheet Mx5 1553 Datasheet 8/18/2014
  Datasheet Mx5 ARINC Datasheet 8/18/2014
  Datasheet Mx5 Multi Datasheet 8/18/2014
X Product Manual Mx5 Manual 1/11/2013
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 Mx5 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 Mx5 Java Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Mx5 C Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Mx5 C-Sharp Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Mx5 LabVIEW Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Mx5 VB Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Mx5 VB.NET Examples 8/12/2015
X Linux BTIDriver Libraries for Linux 5/20/2015
X Linux BTI PCI Linux Kernel Module 5/20/2015
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