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OmniBus® PCI and cPCI Databus Interface Cards

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Flexible interfacing.

OmniBus PCI and cPCI cards provide avionics databus interfaces, general purpose digital I/O, and IRIG sourcing and synchronizing.

Key Features

  • PCI or cPCI form factor
  • High channel counts
  • Mixed protocols
  • IRIG time synchronization
  • Extended temperatures available
  • Can be upgraded/reconfigured
OmniBus PCI and cPCI Databus Interfaces
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Protocols & I/O

  • MIL-STD-1553
  • ARINC 429
  • ARINC 708
  • ARINC 717
  • CSDB
  • Serial (RS-422/232/423)
  • Discrete I/O

OmniBus PCI and cPCI

OmniBus PCI and cPCI cards provide interfaces for avionics databuses, as well as general purpose digital I/O and IRIG sourcing and synchronizing. The cards can be ordered with one or two modules to support a variety of avionics databus protocols.

OmniBus Family

OmniBus is a highly-flexible and high-performance family of avionics databus interfaces combining a selection of industry-standard platforms (PCI/cPCI, VME, PMC and Ethernet/USB) with a wide-viariety of I/O choices (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, ARINC 708, ARINC 717, Serial, CSDB and Discrete). This sophisticated OmniBus design allows users to order the exact number, functionality, and mix of protocol channels that they need. It also lets users upgrade or reconfigure their OmniBus (at the factory) as requirements change.

High-Performance Architecture

OmniBus products are built using an integrated board, core, and module architecture. PCI, cPCI, and Ethernet/USB boards include 1 or 2 cores, VME boards have up to 4, and PMC boards include a single fixed core. Each on-board core has a dedicated protocol processor, IRIG timer, and 3 sync and 3 trigger lines. These cores are the support circuitry for the I/O modules, which contain the interface to the databus protocol(s). Isolating the protocol interface on the I/O module provides the flexibility to create custom, user-specified configurations for single or mixed protocols. The protocol-specific OmniBus architecture provides a better solution with greater performance than general-purpose modular systems (such as IndustryPack™).

General

  • OmniBus Modules: 1 or 2
  • Memory: 16MB SDRAM
  • DIO: 2 inputs, 2 outputs plus
    • 3 inputs, 3 outputs per module
  • IRIG A/B input and output

Interface

  • PCI/cPCI Rev. 2.1 to 3.0 compatible
  • Universal Card (5V or 3.3V signaling)
  • 32-bit; 33 MHz/66 MHz
  • Plug and Play
 

Physical

  • Size
    • PCI: 6.9 x 4.2 in. (17.5 cm x 10.7 cm)
    • cPCI: 3U x 4HP (single slot, standard)
  • Weight
    • PCI: 4.0 oz. (113 g), plus 1 oz. per module
    • cPCI: 5.3 oz. (150 g), plus 1 oz. per module


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

Avionics Protocols and Other I/O

OmniBus PCI and cPCI cards can be ordered with one or two modules to support a variety of avionics databus protocols and other I/O. This table provides a brief overview of the available options. Full protocol specifications can be found on the Omnibus Protocol page. Ordering information can be found on the "Ordering" tab.
 

ProtocolQuantityDetails
MIL-STD-1553Up to 4 dual-redundant channels (2 per module)BC, RT, Monitor, multi-terminal, and advanced error injection; five levels to choose from
ARINC 429Up to 32 channels (16 per module)Available with parametrics, ARINC 717 and CSDB channels, and serial ports
ARINC 708Up to 8 channels - 4R/4T (4 per module - 2R/2T)Available in parametric versions
ARINC 717Up to 16 channels - 8R/8T (8 per module - 4R/4T)Software-selectable between biphase/bipolar
CSDBUp to 16 channels - 8R/8T (8 per module - 4R/4T)Available with ARINC 429
SerialUp to 8 Serial UARTs (4 per module)Available with ARINC 429
Discrete I/OUp to 64 Discrete I/O lines (32 per module) 

CoPilot

The easiest way to use your OmniBus PCI board is with CoPilot, Ballard's Windows-based software. CoPilot 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. CoPilot features include virtual instruments, hardware and software playback modes, triggering, and scripting. CoPilot supports MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, ARINC 708, ARINC 717, ARINC 664/AFDX® protocols and limited serial communications. You can add CoPilot at anytime. However, you will receive a discount when you purchase CoPilot bundled with the hardware.
   »Find out more about CoPilot

 

BTIDriver API

Alternatively, software developers can use the included Application Program Interface (API) to quickly develop custom applications. OmniBus products can be easily configured and operated with only a few API calls. The comprehensive library also includes a broad range of functions for specialized needs.

Drivers

Driver software is available for Windows®, Linux®, LabVIEW, LabVIEW RT, VxWorks®, INTEGRITY® and other operating systems. Availability varies by product. Contact Ballard for specific details for your desired Omnibus product.

OmniBus Part Numbers

The part number for an OmniBus product is a combination of the platform number, module number(s), CoPilot code, and options. This results in thousands of possible part number combinations. Contact Ballard sales for assistance in determining the best OmniBus order number to fit your needs. Each platform core can accept one module. A core without a module may be used for future expansion.

Example Part Numbers

  112-544-423: PCI board with a two channel 1553 (level C) and a 8R/8T ARINC 429 module
  112-438-822: PCI board with a 8R/8T parametric ARINC 429 and a 2R/2T parametric ARINC 708 module
  122-544-423: cPCI board with a two channel 1553 (level C) and a 8R/8T ARINC 429 module
  122-438-822: cPCI board with a 8R/8T parametric ARINC 429 and a 2R/2T parametric ARINC 708 module
 



Board Part Number + Module Part Numbers

XXX :: Platform Number

#Description
111PCI w/ 1 core
112PCI w/ 2 cores
1213U cPCI w/ 1 core
1223U cPCI w/ 2 cores
141PMC w/ 1 fixed core
(MIL-STD-1553 only)
1526U VME w/ 2 cores and PMC site
1546U VME w/ 4 cores (no PMC site)
162OmniBusBox w/ 2 cores

CoPilot Code

To include CoPilot add "CP-" before the OmniBus order number.

Example: CP-112-544-423

Options

Contact Ballard sales for information on available OmniBus options.

 

YYY :: MIL-STD-1553 Module Numbers

# CH0 Level CH1 Level
510 A
520 B4
530 B32
540 C
550 D
511 A A
522 B4 B4
533 B32 B32
544 C C
555 D D
551 D A

Other channel level combinations available. Contact sales for more information.

YYY :: ARINC 429 Module Numbers

# Description
421 16R/0T ARINC 429
422 12R/4T ARINC 429
423 8R/8T ARINC 429
424 4R/12T ARINC 429
425 0R/16T ARINC 429
426 8R/0T ARINC 429
427 4R/4T ARINC 429
428 0R/8T ARINC 429
434 4R/4T parametric ARINC 429
435 4R/4T parametric
with 4R/4T ARINC 717*
436 4R/4T ARINC 429
with 4 Serial UARTs
437 4R/4T parametric ARINC 429
with 4R/4T CSDB

nR = number of receive channels
nT = number of transmit channels
* On module #435, ARINC 429 and bipolar ARINC 717 channels share the same receivers.

YYY :: ARINC 708 Module Numbers

# Description
810 ARINC 708 1R/1T
811 ARINC 708 2R/2T
820 ARINC 708 1R/1T
with parametrics
822 ARINC 708 2R/2T
with parametrics

nR = number of receive channels
nT = number of transmit channels

YYY :: ARINC 717 Module Numbers

# Description
431 4R/4T ARINC 717
435* 4R/4T ARINC 717 with
4R/4T parametric 429*

nR = number of receive channels
nT = number of transmit channels
* On module P/N 435, ARINC 429 and bipolar ARINC 717 channels share the same receivers.

YYY :: Serial Module Numbers

# Description
432 4 Serial UARTs
436 4 Serial UARTs with 4R/4T ARINC 429

nR = number of receive channels
nT = number of transmit channels

YYY :: CSDB Module Numbers

# Description
433 4R/4T CSDB
437 4R/4T CSDB
with 4R/4T parametric ARINC 429

nR = number of receive channels
nT = number of transmit channels

YYY :: Discrete I/O Module Numbers

# Description
832 32 Discrete I/O lines

YYY :: Future I/O Expansion

# Description
000 Core is unpopulated (applies only to models with 2 cores)

 

TypeTitleDate
  Datasheet OmniBus PCI-cPCI Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus 429 Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus 708 Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus 717 Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus 1553 Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus Serial Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus CSDB Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus Discrete IO Datasheet 10/30/2008
X Product Manual OmniBus Discrete IO Manual 9/14/2007
X Product Manual OmniBus CSDB Manual 6/12/2003
X Product Manual OmniBus PCI-cPCI Manual 9/14/2007
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 API Manual BTIDriver 717 Repeater Addendum 9/14/2007
X API Manual BTIDriver Serial Manual 9/14/2007
X Driver OmniBus PCI 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 OmniBus Java Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples OmniBus C Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples OmniBus VB Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples OmniBus LabVIEW Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples OmniBus VB.NET Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples OmniBus C-Sharp Examples 8/12/2015
X Examples Williamsburg Library and Examples 3/3/2010
X Linux BTI PCI Linux Kernel Module 5/20/2015
X Linux BTIDriver Libraries for Linux 5/20/2015
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