GE Announces Avionics Module that Saves Space, Weight, Power and Cost

• RAR15-XMC supports multiple standard protocols for superior deployment flexibility • Advanced application programming interface shortens development time, time-to-market


HUNTSVILLE, AL.—February 19, 2013—GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced the innovative RAR15-XMC multi-protocol embeddable avionics module, designed to save valuable space, weight and power as well as deliver greater cost-effectiveness and higher reliability in avionics labs, simulators and embedded applications. Featuring both MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 protocols on a single XMC form factor board, the RAR15-XMC is used in a broad range of avionics applications.

“Our customers are asking for greater functional density – doing more with less - in order for them to meet challenging space, weight and power constraints on today’s airborne platforms,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military/Aerospace Products, GE Intelligent Platforms.  “GE continues to innovate in the demanding world of avionics solutions with this module. Where previously two or three cards would have been required, customers now need deploy only one to achieve the same functionality.”

The RAR15-XMC is the result of one of several  custom developments undertaken on behalf of major prime contractors and systems integrators, and is now available as a standard, off-the-shelf product.

Featuring advanced API (Application Programming Interface) software for Windows® 7, Vista, XP (32- and 64-bit), Linux®, INTEGRITY™, and VxWorks® that reduces application development time, standard features of the RAR15-XMC include 8 Mbytes of RAM and 64-bit message time tagging. Also featured are extensive BC and RT link-list structures, error injection/detection, automatic/manual RT Status Bit and Mode Code responses, along with advanced BC functionality.  The RAR15-XMC Bus Monitors provide superior error detection and 100% monitoring of fully loaded buses.

Four dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553A/B Notice II channels, ten ARINC 429 receive channels and eight ARINC 429 transmit channels are provided by the RAR15-XMC. On-board firmware and large data buffers, together with the advanced API, contribute to a very high level of flexibility in monitoring and generating ARINC bus traffic. Simultaneous Scheduled and Burst Mode (FIFO) messaging is supported on all ARINC 429 transmit channels. Each ARINC 429 receive channel provides simultaneous dedicated and buffered mode storage, along with label/SDI filtering.

Conduction cooled and conformal coating are standard on the RAR15-XMC and these, together with optional extended temperature capability, enable it to be deployed in theharsh environments typical of avionics applications.


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