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USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 1553 & ARINC Appliance

The USB-MA4 from Alta Data is the industry’s first USB 3.0 SuperSpeed multi-channel MIL-STD-1553 and/or ARINC-429 appliance.
  • 1-2 1553 Dual Redundant Channels and/or 8 ARINC-429 Channels (4 RX/TX and 4 RX)
  • Supports ARINC-717 (shared with 429 channels)

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed allows customers to realise full bandwidth applications where older USB 2.0 interfaces could not keep up.  It offers dual (BC/BM or mRT/BM) or full function (BC/mRT/BM) 1553 channels with O-scope signal capture on the first 1553 channel or first 2 ARINC channels, giving customers amazing performance and capability. 

Alta’s advanced SDK, AltaAPI, makes application integration easy (NI LabVIEW/Windows included).  Optional AltaView Windows analyzer provides the most advanced, intuitive GUI interface on the market. 

USB-MA4 provides native USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (look for SS Trident Logo) and is recommended for ALL applications.  Other Windows applications may affect throughput performance, and USB 2.0 and hubs will have a dramatic performance loss and may result in dropped data packets. 

We recommend TBOLT, ENETs or Interface Cards for moderate to fast bus applications. 



  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 
    •  NOT recommended for use with USB 2.0
  • Physical: 110 x 89 x 17mm; 180g
  • 1-2 Dual Redundant Independent 1553 Busses
    •  Optional 1553 Variable Voltage
  • and/or 8 ARINC Channels: 4 RX/TX & 4 RX
    •  TX Extra RX Load; Unpowered RX Drain
  • One Megabyte RAM Buffering Per Channel/Bank
  • USB 3.0 Spec 5V @ 3A Bus Power:
    •  Idle 3.6W
    •  100% TX Load, Full Channels: ~10W
    •  USB 2 Connections Must Supply Full Power
  • 2 Temp Sensors: TX and FPGA
  • Temp (C): 0-70 Operating; -55 to +120 Storage
  • 5-95% humidity, non-condensing
  • Transmit Inhibit Optional
  • Flash Disable Factory Setting for Secure Mem
  • 6 SE Avionics Discretes, One RS-485 Discrete,
  • TTL Clock, Triggers
  • Advanced Startup, User and Continuous BIT
  • Single Application Only. Polling Interrupts

Technical documents

Ordering information

Please contact your Account Manager to arrange a quote.

Part Numbers

1553 and 1553 Dual Function: BC/Monitor or mRT/Monitor
  • USB-MA4-1D8 
  • USB-MA4-2D8

1553 Full Function: BC, mRT and Monitor
  • USB-MA4-1F8 
  • USB-MA4-2F8

For 1553 Only Substitute “-1D0” example
For ARINC Only Substitute “-0D8” example

-N for NVRAM Write Protection
-F for Conformal Coating
-I for TX Inhibit
-V 1553 Variable Voltage
–A for AltaView Analyzer Software. 

Example: USB-MA4-2F8-AFINV

6ft USB 3.0 Micro B to Host USB 3.0 A Cable Provided. (Host side backward compatible to USB 2.0 A connectors.)

Optional J1 1553/ARINC Cables:
  • PCCDCAB-1553-1-01
  • PCCAB-1553-2-01

Single or Dual Channel 1553 Jacks Only
  • HTKCAB-AUX01: DB26 Only for ARINC and Aux
  • HTKCAB-1-AUX01: Single Channel 1553 w/ DB26
  • HTKCAB-2-AUX01: Dual Channel 1553 w/ DB26


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