John McHale, Editorial Director
Military Embedded Systems
MIL-STD-1553B Bus Communications Testing and Simulation Tool
Bloomy’s BCI-1553 C Series module provides a standards-compliant MIL-STD-1553B interface for the National Instruments CompactRIO platform. The module uses the industry standard Holt HI-6131 integrated terminal to provide a single dual-redundant bus interface. The flexible software-configured driver provides out-of-the-box operation as a bus controller, bus monitor, or as two independent remote terminals.
According to the company, the BCI-1553 can be used for functional unit testing, device simulation, and fault code download. Other application uses include aircraft system monitoring and diagnostics, flight line diagnostics, and operational flight program (OFP) upload verification. Additional features include high-level API implementation, out-of-the-box single-function MIL-STD-1553B interface, and a low-level API that enables concurrent operation for one to four MIL-STD-1553B functions including bus controller, bus monitor, or two remote terminals. The system also features the Holt HI-6131 that is available through low-level API. The system sports integrated isolation transformers for stub coupling as well as LabVIEW drivers.