New Multi-Protocol Avionics Module from GE Saves Power, Space, Weight and Cost

• RAR15-XMC-FIO XMC supports both MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429, replacing two XMCs • Front I/O provides flexible alternative to existing rear I/O solution • Advanced API shortens application development time

HUNTSVILLE, AL.—JANUARY 21, 2014—GE Intelligent Platforms  today announced the RAR15-XMC-FIO High Density MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 XMC Front I/O Module. A multi-protocol embeddable avionics module featuring front I/O, it is designed to save valuable space, weight and power, as well as deliver greater cost-effectiveness and higher reliability, as it delivers functionality that would previously have required the use of two XMCs. The RAR15-XMC-FIO will be used by a broad range of avionics organizations for simulation and testing as well as for deployment in embedded applications.

“Space, weight and power are always at a premium in the applications at which this new product is targeted, and the RAR15-XMC-FIO responds to those customer requirements – as well as to customers’ desire for the most cost-effective solution possible,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military/Aerospace Products at GE Intelligent Platforms. “It is further evidence of GE’s continuing commitment to providing our customers with high performance, highly innovative, highly functional avionics solutions.”

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-FIO include 8 MBytes of RAM and 64-bit message time tagging. Also featured are extensive bus controller (BC) and remote terminal (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 429receive channels and eight ARINC 429 fully compliant bi-directional channels are provided by the RAR15-XMC-FIO. 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.

Conformal coating and extended temperature capability are available options on the RAR15-XMC-FIO.


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