Sital Technology, the world leader in Mil-Std-1553 IP cores and products, is expanding its products base with the release of the second generation of its Mil-Std-1553 bus tester – MultiComBox™. The MultiComBox unit provides two dual-redundant 1553 channels, as well as four serial channels and a synchronisation channel for synchronising other test equipment with 1553 data. MultiComBox enables full MIL-STD-1553B test, simulation and bus analysis capability in a very compact self-contained unit. The unit connects via a USB 2.0 interface to any host systems and supports concurrent bus controller (BC) and up to 31 remote terminals (RT) with bus monitor (MT). Full error injection capability is available in BC and RT modes, with full error detection in BC, RT and MT modes. The tester can handle real-time data, creating a unique option for a complete Mil-Std-1553 real bus simulation system. Special care was taken with the unit’s power consumption in order to enable operation from the low power USB port of any standard PC, including lap-top computers, without any external power source.

MultiComBox is supplied with improved Windows GUI – MuxMonitor™ and MuxSim™ – which are user-friendly and intuitive software tools for traffic generation, monitoring and analysis of Mil-Std-1553 bus. Working in conjunction with the unit, MuxMonitor can monitor messages, frames and errors and analyse the status of each unit and frame on the bus. It provides triggers and filters for the monitoring and displaying of recorded data. Recorded frames can also be exported as XML, CSV and other file formats for future use or for interacting with other programs. MuxSim can manage and simulate all traffic on the bus. It can handle a large number of Mil-Std-1553 frames, which can be inserted by the user, recorded from the bus or imported from XML files. In order to facilitate the test, MuxSim can simulate 1553 RTs, thus enabling the user to test the full interconnect control document (ICD) without having to physically connect all LRUs. The user can easily select which units are to be simulated and which units are real.

“The new MultiComBox is a great step forward for Sital,” said Duli Yariv, Sital’s vice president for marketing. “Our proven 1535 IP cores technology enables us to create low-cost yet high-value products, and this tester is just the first of many solutions which we are about to release to the market,” he added.

Sital’s founder and chief engineer, Ofer Hofman, said, “Utilising IP cores, FPGA technology and our flexible analogue transceiver design enables us to reduce the size, cost and power consumption of the unit. It also provides the flexibility which is required for supporting more features and bus protocols like H009, PP-194 and others.”

MultiComBox – The Mil-Std-1553 tester – is available now.