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Astronics Introduces Rugged Miniature COTS Avionics Interface Cards for MIL-STD-1553

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(Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced
technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical
industries, announced the release of the new ME1000
family of mPCIe avionics interface cards
for embedded aerospace
applications. The ME1000 provides the highest amount of 1553 I/O in the
compact mPCIe form-factor and is the only line to offer a concurrent
RS-422/485 serial interface.

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The new ME1000 family of MIL-STD-1553 interface cards enable embedded computers and other systems to ...

The new ME1000 family of MIL-STD-1553 interface cards enable embedded computers and other systems to reliably communicate with and monitor avionics equipment. They feature the mPCIe platform’s highest I/O density. (Photo: Business Wire)

The ME1000 is a new mPCIe card designed and built by Astronics Ballard
Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation. These
rugged cards interface with MIL-STD-1553 databuses and enable host
devices, such as small form factor mission computers, to reliably
communicate with and monitor avionics equipment.

“We are excited to release our new high-performance ME1000 mPCIe
interface cards to the aerospace market for use in applications where
space is at an absolute premium,” said Jon Neal, President of Astronics
Ballard Technology. “The product’s small size and large complement of
I/O, combined with our reputation for reliable designs, long life, and
industry-leading customer support, will provide our customers with a
highly flexible, low-SWaP embedded solution.”

Key benefits of the new ME1000 include:

  • High I/O density, including up to two dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553
    channels, eight avionics level input/output discretes, two
    differential discretes, and serial capability
  • Comprehensive IRIG support for both IRIG A and IRIG B time code signals
  • A cost-effective and rugged I/O connector that reduces mating
    connector costs and is available in either a horizontal or vertical
    orientation to fit in more places
  • An extended temperature range and optional conformal coating to
    withstand harsh environmental demands
  • Full concurrent multi-function operation—Bus Controller (BC), Remote
    Terminal (RT), and Bus Monitor. Alternatively, cost-effective
    single-function cards provide BC/RT/Monitor operation individually.
  • Astronics Ballard Technology’s universal BTIDriver API to reduce
    software development time

Visit the Astronics website for more information about the ME1000.


Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO) serves the world’s aerospace,
defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative
technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers,
integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures,
interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50
years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with
exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers,
airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500
companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

For more information on Astronics and its solutions, visit