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OmniBus® MIL-STD-1553 PMC Databus Interface Cards

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MIL-STD-1553 Features

  • 1 or 2 dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553 A/B channels
  • BC, RT and Monitor operation
  • Each 1553 channel may be ordered in five levels of functionality (see Models tab below)
  • Flexible BC schedules with gaps, branches, retries, etc.
  • Support for all 1553B messages, mode codes, broadcast, etc.
  • Capture all or selected traffic on fully loaded buses
  • Full error detection and error injection to word and bit level
  • Variable transmit amplitude and zero crossing distortion
  • IRIG time-tags/synchronization
  • RT address input discretes
  • Direct and transformer coupled
OmniBus MIL-STD-1553 PMC Databus Interface Cards
OmniBus® 1553 PMC

PMC Features

  • PCI: universal voltage, 32-bit, 33/66 MHz
  • PrPMC compatible
  • Conduction cooled
  • Rear panel I/O (P14 connector)
  • Optional front panel I/O
  • PowerPC user processor
  • RS-232/422/485 ports
  • Avionics discrete I/O

OmniBus 1553 PMC

OmniBus 1553 PMC has the power and flexibility to operate as a simple or intelligent 1553 interface card or as an embedded processor. Its on-board PowerPC processor and ability to run user programs make the OmniBus 1553 PMC unique among PMC cards. It is available with either convection cooled front panel or conduction cooled rear panel I/O. Though not modular like other OmniBus products, it has all OmniBus 1553 features in one or two 1553 channels and a variety of configurations.

OmniBus 1553 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™).


  • MIL-STD-1553 channels: 1 or 2 dual redundant
  • User Processor: PowerPC®
  • Memory: 16MB SDRAM, 4MB Flash
  • RS-232/422/485 serial ports: 2
  • Avionics discrete I/O: 8
  • Digital I/O: 6
  • Capable of RT address strapping
  • IRIG A/B input and output


  • Front or read panel I/O
  • Convection or conduction cooled
  • Universal Card (5V or 3.3V signaling)
  • VITA 32, PrPMC compatible
  • 32-bit; 33 MHz/66 MHz
  • Plug and Play


  • Size: 74 x 144.75 mm
  • Environmental: Commercial or Rugged

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

The OmniBus 1553 PMC modules are available with 1 or 2 dual-redundant 1553 channels. To provide flexibility and economy, each channel can be ordered in one of five levels of functionality (see table below). All levels provide Bus Controller, Remote Terminal or Monitor operation and support all 1553 message types. The higher levels can concurrently simulate multiple terminals, inject errors, and adjust the waveform.

Levels of functionality for OmniBus 1553 channels

 Number of Simultaneous Terminals  A
Filtering for terminal address
Filtering for subaddress
Concurrent terminal monitoring
Protocol Error Injection      
Variable Transmit Amplitude        
Zero Crossing Distortion        

For complete information on MIL-STD-1553 functionality for OmniBus products, view the MIL-STD-1553 tab on the OmniBus Protocols page.


The easiest way to use your OmniBus PMC 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.
   »Find out more about CoPilot



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.


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.


An SDK is available for advanced users who are developing software to run on the PowerPC (available on OmniBusBox, OmniBus VME, and OmniBus PMC).

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

  141-544: Conduction cooled OmniBus PMC board with 2 channel (level C) MIL-STD-1553
  141-510: Conduction cooled OmniBus PMC board with 1 channel (level A) MIL-STD-1553

Board Part Number + Module Part Numbers

XXX :: Platform Number

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-141-544


Contact Ballard sales for information on available OmniBus options.

Sample Options:

  • conformal coating
  • front panel I/O (air-cooled)


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.

  Datasheet OmniBus 1553 Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus 1553 PMC Datasheet 10/30/2008
  Datasheet OmniBus Family Datasheet 10/30/2008
X Product Manual OmniBus 1553 PMC Manual 7/18/2014
X API Manual BTIDriver 1553 Manual 11/21/2013
X Driver OmniBus PMC Driver Win32/64 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
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