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Multi-Channel 1553 Interface for PCI Express 4 Lane Systems

The PCIE4L-1553 interface module from Alta Data is a multi-channel (1-4), ½ size, 4 Lane PCI Express 1553 card supported by the latest software technologies.

The PCI Express card is based on the 32-bit 1553 FPGA protocol engine, AltaCore™, and by a feature-rich application programming interface, AltaAPI™, which is a multi-layer ANSI C  and Windows .NET (MSVS 2005/08/10 C++, C#, VB .NET) architecture.


  • One to Four Independent, Dual Redundant MIL-STD-1553 Channels
  • Dual Function (BC/Mon or mRT/Mon) or Full Function (BC/mRT/Mon)
  • One Mbyte of Memory per Channel
  • Variable Voltage 1553 TX Optional
  • Fully Compliant to MIL-STD-1553B Notice II/IV, MIL-STD-1760,1553A and Link-16
  • Commercial or Industrial Extended Temperature Parts
  • One Channel of A/D Signal Capture – View 1553 Waveforms with AltaView
  • 8-bit, 50 nSec A/D for Voltage Measurements
  • Advanced 32-bit BC, RT and Monitor FPGA Design – Full 32 bit Memory.
  • BC Framing/Subframing/Aperiodic
  • Common Data Packets (CDP) for BC, RT and Monitor – Complete Message Info
  • Advanced, Multi-layer AltaAPI Provided at No Cost with Source Code
  • Windows, Linux, RTOS, LabVIEW & RT
  • .NET Managed DLLs
  • Contact Factory for Latest RTOS Support
  • True HW Playback – HW Sync Channels
  • Industry First: 20ns Signal Generation
  • Bit Construction – 1553 PHY TX
  • Supports RT Validation Testing
  • IRIG-B RX PAM or RX/TX PPS Ext Clock
  • Avionics Level & RS-485 Discretes/Clk
  • 1760 Ext RT Addressing
  • Advanced BIT Features and Dual Temperature Sensors
  • 1/2 Size, 4 Lane PCI Express 1.1
  • MSI & Regular HW Interrupt Support


  • ½ Size, 4 Lane PCI Express 1.1
  • One Megabyte RAM per Channel
  • Common Data Packets (CDPs) for all BC, RT and Monitor Functions – Industry First
  • Variable Voltage 1553 TX Optional
  • MIL-STD-1553B Notice II & IV
    • MIL-STD-1760,1553A and Link-16
  • Weight: 4oz/120grams (without cable)
  • Power (Estimated @ Max Bandwidth)
    • 1 chan@5.5W,
    • 2 chan@6.5W,
    • 3 chan@7.5W,
    • 4 chan@8.5W
  • Parts Temp (C) : -55 to +120 Storage, 0 to +70 Commercial, -40 to + 85 Extended Parts
  • Cable Assembly with 1553 3-Plug Stub Cables Provided.DB50 Optional for Discretes, Clocks and Triggers.
  • 68-Pin SCSI-3 or P4 Connector on Card
  • 14 Avionics, Two RS-485 Discretes and One Trig/Chan
  • 1 Channel 1760 Ext RT Address Power-Up
  • Loop-Back & User BIT, Dual Temp Sensors
  • IRIG-B RX PAM and TX/RX PPS Time Sync
  • IPC Class 3 and ISO/AS9100 Processes

BC Features
  • Simple One-Shot Lists to Advanced Message Framing and Subframing
  • Message Timing with 100 nSec Accuracy
  • Infinite Linked CDP Data Buffers
  • 64-Bit, 20 ns Time Tags, Interrupts, Triggers
  • Low and High Priority Aperiodic Messages
  • Multi Branching Per Message, No-Ops, Delays, Ext Trigger In/Out, Interrupts etc…
  • Up to 15 Retries Per Message
  • Legal and Reserved Mode Codes
  • 1553A and 1553B Support
  • Full Error Injection/Detection

Playback/Signal Vector PHY TX
  • Real Hardware Playback from Archive Files
  • Multi Channel and Multi Card Playback Clock Synchronization - 100 nSec Accuracy
  • Signal Vector Generation at 20 nsecs **INDUSTRY FIRST**
    • Construct 1553 Bit Signals at 20 nsecs
    • AS4111 5.2 RT Val Protocol Capability
    • Advanced BC, RT or any 1553 PHY Signal TX

RT Features
  • Infinite Linked CDP Data Buffers
    • 64-Bit, 20 ns Time Tags, Interrupts, Triggers
  • Legal and Reserved Mode Codes
    • 1553A and 1553B Support
    • Full Buffering of All Mode Codes
  • Full Error Injection/Detection

  • Sequential and RT Mapped Monitoring with Infinite Linked CDP Data Buffers
    • Available with All Card Models
    • 64-Bit, 20 ns Time Tags, Interrupts, Triggers
    • Full Error Detection
  • 8-bit, 50 nSec A/D Waveform Signal Capture with Trigger on Words or Errors - First Channel Only
    • AltaView Software is Ideal for Signal Display

Software: AltaAPI, AltaView, AltaRTVal
  • Multi-Layer AltaAPI Architecture to Support Windows (.Net 2.0) and ANSI C Linux, VxWorks, Integrity, etc…
    • Contact Factory For RTOS Platforms – LabVIEW & RT
  • Optional AltaView is Based on the Latest Windows MS Office User Interface Style with Ribbon-Bar
    • Full Analyser Integration Tool
    • Multi Language Support
  • Optional AltaRTVal provides full AS4111/4112 5.2 RT Validation GUI and Reports

Technical documents

Ordering information

For more information please contact Sarsen Technology.

Dual Function: BC/Mon or mRT/Mon
  • PCIE4L-1553-1D/2D/3D/4D-T
Full Function: BC, mRT and Monitor
  • PCIE4L-1553-1F/2F/3F/4F-T
Options: -E for Ext Temp Parts (-40 to +85C); -V for Variable Voltage Output, -A for AltaView and –B for AltaRTVal


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