Abaco separates SBC and avionics I/O board for embedded flight-certifiable use

Two boards from Abaco Systems, the SBC314C single board computer (SBC) and the RAR15XC avionics data bus communications XMC mezzanine board are now available as separate boards for embedded flight-certifiable applications. Until now, they have only been available as part of the FORCE2C rugged line replaceable unit (LRU).

The SBC314C 3U VPX SBC is based on the NXP QorIQ T2081 multi-core communications power architecture processor. It is engineered in accordance with DO-254 DAL-A and features an XMC mezzanine site. It is pin-compatible with the SBC314 SBC. Included in the I/O for the SBC314C is Gigabit Ethernet, serial communication ports, USB 2.0, SATA and GPIO.

The SBC314C is supported by power-on built-in test (PBIT) and Bootloader, both engineered in accordance with DO-178C DAL-A. It also supports ARINC 653-compliant operating systems including VxWorks 653, Deos, Integrity-178 tuMP and LynxOS-178 for developers building complex integrated modular avionics systems, says Abaco Systems.

The RAR15XC XMC board delivers high-density MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 data bus communications as well as avionics discrete I/O. The RAR15XC is pin-compatible with the RAR15X and provides operational capability for full integration into aircraft systems. It is engineered to meet the demands of the most safety-critical applications and provides high-level functionality to reduce the complexity of the application programming.

“We’re excited to bring the SBC314C and RAR15XC to our customers as individual boards,” said Pete Thompson, vice president of product management at Abaco. “While the FORCE2C continues to see great success in flight-certifiable applications, we have customers who have asked to make them available individually for integration into their own systems. We believe this is a natural progression as work to expand our flight-certifiable portfolio of boards, board sets and systems.”

Abaco Systems has over 30 years’ experience in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defence and industrial applications. It says its modular solutions are based on open standards that are characterised by rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. The company’s goal is to be a significant contributor to its customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and providing long term support.


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