Alta Data Technologies, LLC: Leading 1553 and ARINC Technology Through Innovation, Quality and Service

Richard Schuh, CEO, Jake Haddock, CTO, and Harry Wild, VP of Sales
For the past 15 years, Alta Data Technologies (Alta) has grown to be a leading supplier of MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC connectivity products. Alta’s products are integrated into end-use avionics systems for both commercial and direct defense programs. The market has responded very favorably as the company is now a top supplier of commercial off the shelf (COTS) 1553 and ARINC products to almost every major aerospace company, on hundreds of platforms worldwide.

Last year, Alta released a new product family of direct in-line (NLINE™) network interfaces, providing tremendous flexibility to integrate legacy 1553 or ARINC interfaces directly in wiring harnesses of airborne or ground applications. These NLINE interfaces can provide real-time Ethernet, USB or Thunderbolt™ connections for almost any computer platform.

Jake Haddock, CTO of Sales for Alta, states, “The NLINE product family is a culmination of advancing our AltaCore 1553 and ARINC protocol engines in both functionality and reduced packaging to allow direct, in-line cable applications. We made considerable investments to have plastic injection molding engineering and equipment capability brought in-house so we can quickly make new products instead of waiting 6-12 months on outside vendors.
We can rapidly design PCBs and harness molds to match various deployed application requirements.We have also tested models to meet rigorous environmental MIL-STD-810 & 461 (shock, temp, EMC) specifications, even full operational water immersion. Along with our real-time Ethernet ENET products, the NLINE has been adopted for some very large programs.”

Alta continues to fill-out the NLINE product family as interface cards are still the bread and butter of the COTS market. ARINC and 1553 network interface cards (NICs) are still very popular for embedded integration and test of avionics systems.Alta started with PMC, PCI Express, XMC, PXI style interface boards, and then invented their ENET real-time Ethernet converter appliances, which became one the market’s leading products. In coming full circle, Alta just announced a new, flexible 1553 NIC that customers can design-in into small, custom systems: mezzanine board MEZ-E1553.

The MEZ-E1553 is a very small NIC that provides 1-2 channels of 1553 bus channels, and even includes raw signal capture to troubleshoot bus cabling, which can be used create signal signatures for cyber threat detections. The host interface is Alta’s proven ENET FPGA core, so customers can integrate this card with a standard 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface for almost any operating system, or micro controller.

Harry Wild, VP of Sales explains, “The MEZ-E1553 allows our customers to implement the industry’s most advanced 1553 functional controls directly into their custom system. Coupled with our Mini PCI Express cards, customers have choices to embed 1553 NICs directly on their motherboards. We provide complete design guidelines, example refence schematics, and the software development kit is identical to our other interface cards, ENETs, or NLINE products to maximize portability. We’ve reached key milestones with over $150M in total sales, over 50,000 items shipped with only a handful of warranty returns in 15 years. An industry best 5-year warranty is not a cost burden because we have such a low failure rate, which is a real credit to our engineering and manufacturing teams. 2020 was another record sales year, increased backlog, and no shipment delays even with the COVID induced challenges of chip supplies. The company is well poised for more growth through these innovative products, and focused service.”

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Alta Data Technologies, LLC

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Rio Rancho, NM

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Richard Schuh, CEO, Jake Haddock, CTO, and Harry Wild, VP of Sales

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Alta is one of the largest commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) suppliers of interface cards and real-time appliances of MIL-STD-1553 or ARINC network communications products

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Alta Data Technologies Releases Amazing 1-10 Channel Mil-Std-1553 Xmc Product

Highest Channel Count Ever Supported on XMC PCI Express Platforms for MIL-STD-1553 Network Busses
Rio Rancho, NM - Alta Data Technologies (Alta) has released a high density (up to 10 channels) XMC MIL-STD-1553 interface card: XMC-1553. This new product offers the highest 1553 channel count ever offered in the industry with advanced PCI Express 2.1 backplane! The XMC-1553 is ideal for PCI Express, VPX, VME, Single Board Computers (SBC), CompactPCI (or Express) PXI systems, and includes Alta’s advanced AltaAPI™ software development kit for a wide variety of operating systems. Commercial, extended temperature and conduction cooled options are available.
“The XMC-1553 offers amazing channel count options (1553A, 1553B and WMUX PP194) with an upgraded 2.1 PCI Express and internal memory design to reduce process I/O cycles in the customers system. This new card represents a technology advancement to reduce the customers’ system footprint with reduced power and weight – freeing up valuable I/O slots on SBCs or VPX, VME, cPCI type systems,” says Harry Wild, Alta VP of Sales.
Jake Haddock, CTO ofAlta adds adds, “The XMC-1553 card incorporates Alta’s proven AltaCore-1553 protocol engine along with industry unique signal capture and signal generator capabilities to provide advanced features for embedded, test and simulation applications. Alta’s has the only COTS product on the market that can execute and pass the AS4111 5.2 protocol tests, and our AltaAPI development kit, with over 100 example program templates, greatly speeds-up the application development process. In addition, all our cards work with AltaView analyzer software and have independent device control over 1553A/1553B channels and ARINC channel banks.”
About Alta Data Technologies
Alta is a rapidly growing (over $85M in sales in 10 years!), private company that provides industry leading avionics interface products. Alta’s products are offered in high-density channel counts, Ethernet (ENET) and new in-line (NLINE) cable configurations, IRIG Time Code Decoder, Triggers, Discretes and the advanced AltaAPI and SAE AS4111 5.2 AltaRTVal ™ software packages. Advanced 1553 and ARINC products for PCI Express, PMC, XMC for various computer systems such as VPX, VME, cPCI/PXI. Operating system platforms include MS Windows 32 and 64-bit, National Instruments’ LabVIEW & Real-Time, Wind River’s VxWorks, Green Hills Software’ Integrity, Linux x86 32 and 64-bit. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. www.altadt.com

Alta Data Technologies Developes Interface for Lockheed F-16systems

New XMC Interface Card Provides 16PP194 F-16 WMUX Connectivity Rio Rancho, NM - Alta Data Technologies (Alta) announces the release of the XMC-WMUX interface card, a key system integration product for Lockheed’s F-16 systems. Alta’s MIL-STD-1553 (1553 or 1553b) and WMUX XMC products are based on an industry standard VITA footprint that can be integrated into almost any PCI Express computer system (desktops/rackmounts, VPX, PXI/PXIe, Compact PCI, etc.).The XMC-WMUX incorporates anAltaCore FPGA 16PP194 protocol engine to support single or dual redundant WMUX network busses (“wings”). “The XMC-WMUX represents the latest avionics support for the world’s most popular fighterwith over 20 country customers and 3000 airplanes. Alta’s PMC-WMUX and MIL-STD-1553 cards have been utilized on almost every F-16 test system, and XMC technology allows customers to further support these programs with modern computer platforms. Our combined 1553 + WMUX solutions provide ideal support for network testing.” states Harry Wild, Vice President of Sales for Alta. Jake Haddock, Alta CTO, adds “When we were asked to support 16PP194 WMUX from our customers, this represented a logical step for Alta product portfolio. Combined with our MIL-STD-1553 support, and new real-time Ethernet (ENET-1553), in-line (NLINE-1553), and ARINC converter products, the WMUX product line allows Alta to provide a complete product offering to a key customer base. Our advanced FPGA protocol engine and software architecture allowed Alta to implement and deliver this new product in record time with more advanced features than legacy products.”

Alta Data Technologies Selects Holt MIL-STD-1553 Integrated Transceiver/Transformer for In-Line (NLINE™) 1553 Product

Mission Viejo, CA –Alta Data Technologies (Alta) announced today it has selected Holt Integrated CircuitsMIL-STD-1553 transceiver/transformer integrated product combination, HI-2579, for use in their NLINE-E1553 device, a real-time Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 converter.
The HI-2579 is a 3.3V MIL-STD-1553/1760 dual transceiver with integrated dual transformers. The IC is hermetically sealed on a ceramic LCC substrate and dual transformers are mounted in the same package. The ceramic substrate allows extended temperature operation from −55oC to +125oC and achieves Moisture Sensitivity Level (MSL) 1.
The device operates from a single 3.3V supply and provides a single-component solution to interface an FPGA directly with a dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 bus.The HI-2579 transceiveris available in industrial −40oC to +85oC and extended −55oC to +125oC temperature ranges, with optional burn-in available for extended temperature range devices.
“Holt is very happy Alta Data Technologies, LLC once again chose us for their latest product design,” said Anthony Murray, Director of Marketing Communications at Holt. “This product provides them with a robust, compact product ideal for this application.”
“We have worked well with Holt for many years and have many of their parts designed-in to a majority of our products. The HI-2579 combined transceiver and transformer was a perfect fit for our new NLINE-E1553™ real-time Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 converter,”said Jake Haddock, CTO of Alta. “The combination of the transceiver and transformer to a single component allowed us to offer significant additional features and capability for our customers.”
The NLINE-E1553 device represents a significant advancement for portable 1553, 1553b connectivity, as Alta’s has embedded its’ advanced AltaCore protocol engine directly into the cable harness, with 1553 on one side and Ethernet on the other. For the first time, a full featured 1553 interface, including A/D O-Scope signal debugging, is now available directly in a rugged cable assembly (810G tested with full water immersion, and to 60K ft operational). This is an ideal implementation for embedded or flight line applications.
The NLINE, like Alta’s ENET™ products, implements a real-time UDP server FPGA design that eliminates traditional IP/UDP software stacks – virtually eliminating virus concerns. This capability allows the customer to securely remote 1553 operations via Ethernet with very little added (<20 µs) device latency. Alta also plans to release 1553 USB 3 and Thunderbolt™ NLINE interfaces later this year.
About Holt Integrated Circuits
Located in Mission Viejo, CA, Holt Integrated Circuits is a major supplier of ICs for avionics and military aircraft data bus and display applications. The company’s products are specified by more than 400 manufacturers worldwide and are employed in flight control, navigation, engine management, communications, safety equipment, and in-flight entertainment systems.
Holt’s range of ICs supporting the ARINC 429 standard is the widest in the industry, and its MIL-STD-1553 transceivers are recognized as the industry’s smallest, having the lowest power consumption. In addition, Holt MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminals offer the most compact, cost effective solution available, integrating protocol, transceiver and transformers in a single 15x15mm package. Holt also offers its MIL-STD-1553 protocol as a DAL A, DO-254 Certifiable IP Core. Other data bus products include ARINC 717, CAN (ARINC 825), Ethernet, RS-485/422, discrete-to-digital and analog switches. Select products are available to DSCC SMD specifications. Holt also offers product compliant to the European Union "RoHS Directive 002/95/EC".
Holt Integrated Circuits is AS9100D:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 registered.
To request information on Holt’s ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553 and other aerospace products, readers should contact Holt at (949) 859-8800, by e-mail at info@holtic.com, or visit the Holt Web site at www.holtic.com.

Alta Data Technologies Releases Multi Channel Embedded Mil-std-1553 Mezzanine Board With Ethernet Connectivity

1553 Interface Advances Designs of Embedded and Portable Avionics Platforms
Rio Rancho, NM - Alta Data Technologies (Alta) announces the release of a mini embedded mezzanine board for MIL-STD-1553networks:MEZ-E1553™. The MEZ-E1553 product provides 1-2 dual redundant 1553A/B/C channelswith an Ethernet backplane interface on a small 3.6x5.6cm PCB. The product is available now for immediate delivery in Dual (BC/BM or mRT/BM) or Full Function (BC/mRT/BM) models.
“We’ve had several customers ask us to provide the inner workings of our popular, real-time Ethernet-1553 converter, ENET, for their embedded systems, and this resulted in the new MEZ-E1553 product. Customers can quickly integrate this small mezzanine PCB into their system, and utilize the same AltaAPI SDK software as our other products, often without even recompiling their application. For new customers, the Berkley socket layer means the MEZ-E1553 will work with almost any operating system. The MEZ-E1553 compliments our Mini PCI Express embedded cards (MPCI2-1553) for systems like Com Express.” states Harry Wild, VP of Sales for Alta.
Jake Haddock, CTO of Alta adds, “We offer a design reference card with complete schematics, STEP 3-d files and breck-out cables for bench testing. The customer can connect the MEZDEV-E01 board to their development computer via Ethernet and write their application while designing the hardware. The MEZ-E1553 is ideal for any rugged,custom requirement. The product also includes signal capture (o-scope) capability for troubleshooting 1553 cable issues, and cybersecurity signal modeling.”
Almost every avionics or communication system implements an Ethernet topology, but most 1553 Ethernet converter products are processor based with unsecure IP network stacks that greatly slow down communications. ENET, NLINE and MEZ-E1553 designs are FPGA hardware-based UDP thin servers that provide a real-time1553-Ethernet connection, and reduces threats of viruses or hacking. These products provide all the advanced controls of traditional 1553 interfaces, and can simultaneously auto bridge time-stamped 1553-UDP packets without any programming. There is a fast auto-boot feature, and data structures can be controlled through standard socket communications as implemented in almost every OS, even DO-178 compliant systems.

Alta Data Technologies Releases Rugged, in-line Arinc Ethernet Converter

Multi-Channel ARINC Interface Embedded In-Line (NLINE) The Cable Assembly
Rio Rancho, NM -
Alta Data Technologies (Alta) has released an innovative EthernetARINC-429 product built directly in-line to a small, rugged cable assembly: NLINE-EA429. This product connects ARINC devices to notebooks, desktops and servers via 10/100/1000 Ethernet. In addition to 4 or 8 channels of ARINC RX/TX message controls, NLINE-EA429 can generate or capture (o-scope) raw bus signals for protocol and electrical troubleshooting, and cybersecurity modeling. The product is ideal for both lab and deployed applications, and is available now for immediate delivery.
“The NLINE-EA429 product provides the latest interconnect technology for ARINC busses, but not our last! This week we also released a USB SuperSpeed version of in the same small, rugged, in-line assembly: NLINE-UA429. Along with the widest selection of ARINC interface boards, the customer now has ultimate choices for ARINC connections. All products are accompanied with the AltaAPI SDK, and AltaView Windows analyzer to provide customers quick integration for their ARINC applications. For most existing applications, they can use the NLINE-EA429 product with little or no code changes,” states Harry Wild, Vice President of Sales for Alta.
Jake Haddock, Alta CTO, continues, “This new NLINE-EA429 product provides real-time ARINC-Ethernet conversion for incredible system design options; it can even auto convert (bridge) ARINC-429 RX label groups to Ethernet without any programming. Our team did an amazing amount of R&D to develop new packaging techniques to embedded our ARINC design directly into MIL qualified cable assemblies. Now customers can literally just connect-up and go.”
Almost every avionics or communication system implements an Ethernet topology, but most ARINC Ethernet converter products are processor/Linux based with unsecure IP network stacks that greatly slow down Ethernet communications. ENET and NLINE designs are FPGA hardware-based UDP thin servers that provide real-time Ethernet/ARINC bridging/conversion, reducing threats of viruses or internal hacking. These products provide all the advanced controls of traditional ARINC and 1553 interfaces, and can simultaneously auto bridge time-stamped ARINC-UDP packets without any programming. There is a fast auto-boot feature, and RX/TX controls can be managed through standard socket communications as implemented in almost every OS, even DO-178 compliant systems.

Alta Data Technologies Releases Rugged, in-line Arincusb 3.0 Interface

Multi-Channel ARINC Interface Embedded In-Line (NLINE) The Cable Assembly
Rio Rancho, NM -
Alta Data Technologies (Alta) has released an innovative USBARINC-429 product built directly in-line to a small, rugged cable assembly: NLINE-UA429. This product connects ARINC devices to notebooks, desktops and servers via USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. In addition to 4 or 8 channels of ARINC RX/TX message controls, NLINE-UA429 can generate or capture (o-scope) raw bus signals for protocol and electrical troubleshooting, and cybersecurity modeling. The product is ideal for both lab and deployed applications, and is available now for immediate delivery.
“The NLINE-UA429 product provides the latest interconnect technology for ARINC busses, but not our last! This week we also released a real-time Ethernet version of in the same small, rugged, in-line assembly: NLINE-EA429. Along with the widest selection of ARINC interface boards, the customer now has ultimate choices for ARINC connections. All products are accompanied with the AltaAPI SDK, and Alta View Windows analyzer to provide customers quick integration for their ARINC applications. For most existing applications, they can use the NLINE-UA429 product with little or no code changes,” states Harry Wild, Vice President of Sales for Alta.
Jake Haddock, Alta CTO, continues, “Upon releasing our Thunderbolt™ appliance, TBOLT™, that provides PCI Express backplane performance for ARINC and 1553 connections, we tested USB 3.0 SuperSpeed and were pleased with dynamic throughput rates available for most ARINC applications. Our interface cards, ENET Ethernet converters, and Thunderbolt products provide the highest performance, and the USB-MA4 and NLINE-UA429 products provide ARINC and 1553 customers the convenience USB without having to perform a slow ‘Program then Run Sequence’ typical of USB 2.0 products.”

Alta Announces Multi-channel, Full Function Mil-std-1553 in-line Thunderbolt™ Product

Innovative Packaging Embeds 1553 Network Controls Directly in PCI Express Cable
Rio Rancho, NM -
Alta Data Technologies, LLC(Alta) announces the release of a MIL-STD-1553 Thunderbolt interface appliance:NLINE-T1553™. The product embeds the industry leading MIL-STD-1553 protocol engine, AltaCore™ directly into the Thunderbolt cable assembly. With this new product, a customer has full featured controls for 1-2 channels of 1553 BC, RT and BM functions via a Thunderbolt USB-C connection. Combined with the standard AltaAPI™ software development kit (SDK), and advanced signal capture o-scope capabilities, this product offers unmatched 1553 functionality and ease of deployment for aerospace platforms. The NLINE-T1553 is available now for immediate COTS delivery.
Per Harry Wild, VP of Sales for Alta “The NLINE is a logical extension to the very successful real-time Ethernet ENET™ product line, and recently released 1553 Thunderbolt™ and USB 3 appliances. For deployed systems, or lab usage, the NLINE-T1553 product opens up many 1553 integration options. For example, the customer can take an application developed for desktops or servers, and use this exact same application on a notebook with an NLINE-T1553. And there is signal capture, which is an o-scope capability built-in to help troubleshoot cabling and cybersecurity issues.
This new NLINE-T1553 product provides 1-2 channels of full 1553 network controls via a rugged in-line cable. Our team did an amazing amount of R&D to develop new packaging techniques to embedded our 1553 design directly into MIL-810G/461F qualified cable assemblies, even with operational, water immersion, and 60K altitude with the NLINE-E1553Ethernet product. Now customers can literally connect-up and go.”
Jake Haddock, Alta CTO, states “With our new manufacturing technology, we can design and build in-line 1553 and ARINC products to the utmost rugged capability with 38999 or custom connectors. The Thunderbolt interface provides full PCI Express (PCIe) functions of a 1553 interface board, even hardware interrupts. In most cases, the exact same application code as used with a PCIe card can be used with the NLINE-T1553. The customer can now decide to burn a PCIe card slot, or use an external device via an in-line USB-C cable.”

Alta Announces Full Function, Dual Channel Mil-std-1553 Usbin-line Adapter

Innovative Packaging Embeds 1553 Network Controls Directly in the Cable
Rio Rancho, NM -
Alta Data Technologies, LLC(Alta) announces a new MIL-STD-1553 USB 3SuperSpeed adapter:NLINE-U1553™. The product embeds the industry leading MIL-STD-1553 protocol engine AltaCore™ technology directly intothe 1553-USB cable assembly. With this new product, a customer has all the advanced 1553 BC, RT and BM controls of card-board-based products via USB connection. With PCMCIA, PCCARD and Express Card interfaces being phased out of portable computers, Alta's NLINE, USB and Thunderbolt™ products provide the best solution for mobile 1553 and ARINC applications. The NLINE-U1553 is available now for immediately COTS delivery.
“Our first 1553 NLINE real-time Ethernet converter has proven to be a big hit with customers, and now with a USB 3 option, the NLINE-U1553open-up all kinds of flexible 1553 integration ideas. Alta was the first, and still only company to offer modern USB 3 SuperSpeed interfaces for 1553 and ARINC. Combined with the standard AltaAPI™ software development kit (SDK), and advanced o-scope capabilities to troubleshoot 1553 signals, this product offers unmatched 1553 functionality and ease of deployment for aerospace platforms,” per Harry Wild, VP of Sales for Alta.
Jake Haddock, Alta CTO, states “The NLINE products are something we’ve been thinking about for a long time, and new packaging techniques have really made this possible. We invested significant time and capital to ensure we can manufacture and test these products for the utmost rugged, in-line 1553 capability. With our own injection molding capability, we can produce a wide variety of cable requirements for programs. If the customer has a particular cable or connector requirement, we can provide that product very quickly. Later this year, we’ll be releasing Thunderbolt and ARINC-429 versions, too.”

Alta Data Technologies Recognized as a Top Supplier by Aerospace & Defense Review for Second Straight Year

Growth Through Innovation and Quality of MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC Products
Rio Rancho, NM -
Alta Data Technologies, LLC(Alta) is excited to announce that Aerospace & Defense Review has awarded Alta as a top ten provider in the industry forthe second straight year. This prestigious award recognizes Alta’s growth, innovation and quality in providing industry leading MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC commercial off the shelf (COTS) products. The review documents Alta’s rapid growth since its’ inception in 2007 where new technologies are combined with advanced quality and manufacturing processes to produce unmatched product offerings for aerospace customers.
“We have been quite impressed by Alta's, expertise in providing efficient and innovative aviation solutions,” said Jonathan Allred, Managing Editor of Aerospace & Defense Review magazine." We congratulate Alta on this prestigious recognition and look forward to seeing their impressive growth streak continue.”
“This recognition is such a privilege and we thank Aerospace & Defense Review for the honor. This award demonstrates our entire teams’ commitment to provide the very best product and services in the 1553 and ARINC market. Even though we have grown to be one of the largest suppliers in our market niche, we’ve never forgotten our first customers that believed in our goal to bring a fresh, innovative approach for avionics COTS products. By offering the only 3rd generation, packet off-loading protocol engines, along with our leading manufacturing practices, we’ve been to grow keep the personal support promise for all customers – all with an industry leading 5-year warranty,” states Richard Schuh, CEO and co-founder of Alta.
Schuh continues, “But we haven’t rested on the 50,000+ items shipped and over $150M in sales! We just released five new products this August alone, including 4 new in-line interfaces(NLINE), As the name suggests, we’ve taken our leading, full featured 1553 and ARINC protocol engines and have embedded the circuitry directly in the cable assembly with Ethernet, USB and Thunderbolt interfaces. In addition, we released a next generation Ethernet-1553 converter board, MEZ-E1553, that customers can embedded directly in their custom systems. The same application software written for our PCI Express, XMC, PMC, VPX, etc…interfaces can run, without changes, on our new NLINE products.”

"Our advanced 1553 and ARINC protocol engines, and signal testing functions are being utilized for everything from simple message scheduling to complex protocol validation and detection of security threats, which is a hot requirement in this complicated cyber world"

- Richard Schuh, CEO, Jake Haddock, CTO, and Harry Wild, VP of Sales