Abaco Unveils Small, Rugged, Form Factor Cards for Avionics

Abaco Systems has launched the rugged R15-MPCIE MIL-STD-1553 Mini PCI Express® card and RAR-MPCIE ARINC 429 Mini PCI Express card.

  • First to feature unique hard tie screw-in high retention rugged connectors •
  • Small, light weight solutions are ideal for portable devices, highly-constrained environments
  • API consistent with Abaco’s existing avionics solutions

Characterized by their first-to-market hard tie screw-in high retention rugged connector, they are ideal for harsh environments in which shock and vibration can create reliability challenges.

Both units are also very small (30mm x 50.95 mm x 4.7mm) and lightweight for applications deployed in highly-constrained platforms where SWaP (size, weight and power) need to be minimized.

The R15-MPCIE supports two fully-capable dual redundant channels, giving it greater functional density than competing products.

The RAR-MPCIE features eight receive and four transmit channels and can be configured to include one receive and one transmit ARINC 717 channel.  Both cards also offer discrete I/O capabilities.

Both products are optimized for avionics test and simulation applications as well as field test and support, with a combination of small size and weight and powerful logging capabilities. These same attributes also make the boards ideal for small form factor mission critical systems.

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The API (application programming interface) for the two new products is consistent with existing Abaco avionics products allowing customers of Abaco’s broad MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC offerings to take advantage of a proven and familiar interface, and allow for the re-use of existing code for faster development, qualification and deployment.

Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems
Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems

“The R15-MPCIE and RAR-MPCIE represent an industry first in ruggedization for Mini PCI Express avionics cards,” said Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems.

“They offer impressive I/O densities and flexibility, taking the features and functionality our customers value in our other products, but delivering them in a much smaller, modular form factor – and provide customers with a familiar and proven API, minimizing the time required for development and deployment.”

The R15-MPCIE and RAR-MPCIE include an IRIG-B signal receiver/generator with GPS synchronization and 100% monitoring of fully loaded buses as standard features.

A PCIe carrier card with the ability to host four Mini PCI Express modules is also available to aid customers in development. Support is provided for Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10, XP, Vista (32- and 64-bit), Server 2012 R1/R2, VxWorks®, Linux® and other operating systems.

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