Abaco Systems Inc. is launching a new family of avionics devices for test and simulation, development, and dataloading that feature Thunderbolt 3 interfaces, providing an alternative to traditional ExpressCard, PC Cards, Ethernet, and USB connections. The new portable, high-speed, low-latency avionics devices – RCEI-830A-TB and QPM-1553-TB – are designed for a broad range of avionics applications and include Thunderbolt 3-to-PMC/XMC interfacing with ARINC 429 and MIL-STD-1553 protocols.
Thunderbolt 3 is a USB-C/USB 3.1 based connection that transfers data up to 40 gigabytes per second (Gbps) with maximum channel density. It has the capability to connect to 5K displays and can connect to up to two 4K displays with one connection point.
“Increasingly, our customers are finding that their existing portable avionics equipment is becoming obsolete,” says Peter Thompson, vice president of Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Modern PCs and laptops rarely feature the ExpressCard or [PC Card] interfaces on which our customers have historically relied. While USB and Ethernet theoretically provide alternatives, their inherent latency limits real-time interaction with data, and channel density is limited.”
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