Alta Data Technologies, LLC: Where Technical and Quality Innovation Drives Growth

The years 2005-2010 have witnessed the consolidation of aerospace and defense companies that opened the door for nimble, innovative startups to take hold. One of these companies is New Mexico-based Alta Data Technologies. Alta was formed in 2007 by former senior design engineers and management of the largest MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429 product companies that got gobbled up in this acquisition wave. Today, the company is one of the largest commercial off the shelf (COTS) suppliers of interface cards and real-time appliances of 1553 or ARINC network communications products. That target markets include avionics test, simulation, and rugged deployed platforms.

Richard Schuh, CEO of Alta, reflects, “With my partners, we knew it was time to start with a clean-slate to design innovative products and business processes, including all aspects of manufacturing and quality. We wanted to bring new technologies to a stale market, but we also made sure to look at the big-picture of how product designs and quality practices can improve manufacturing and service. It is one reason we can offer a 5-year warranty for our products—they don’t fail.”

The strategy worked. Alta has already shipped over 45,000 items, surpassed $130M in total sales with a running 110+ straight months of on-time shipments. Jake Haddock, CTO of Alta, states, “We implemented some pretty radical ideas that upset the industry’s notion of what a 1553/ARINC product should look like. For example, high channel counts, protocol off-load engines (PEs) that packetize data, and software development kits (SDK or APIs) have proper OSI layered functional models.

“Our advanced PEs 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.
Our modular designs enabled rapid development of a whole suite of PCI, PCI Express, and other interface cards for almost any computer system in record time.”

Innovation Continues

A few years ago, Alta surprised the market by combining a real-time Ethernet FPGA interface to their proven 1553 and ARINC PEs and released a new product line of network bridge converters: ENETs. “We recognized that Ethernet is the dominant network technology in Aerospace systems, and there was an unfulfilled demand for real-time 1553 and ARINC Ethernet converters. We responded with the ENET product family and it has been an unmatched success with 1000s of deployed units. There is nothing else like ENETs for performance, size and cost,” says Harry Wild, VP of Sales for Alta.

Alta’s product advancement continues with recent releases of the industry’s only native Thunderbolt™ and USB 3 appliances. The same layered SDK can run on these products as with their first PCI-1553 product released in 2007. This is indeed an epitome of portability.

The customer’s application doesn’t even need to know which Alta device is being controlled from PCI Express to ENETs because software objects are abstracted to maximize application reuse, resulting in significant cost savings for customers.

In August, Alta announced another new series of products that required the development of advanced electronic and packing designs: NLINE (in-line). As the name suggests, Alta embedded the entire 1553/ARINC control electronics into an extremely rugged cable harness with Ethernet, Thunderbolt, and USB 3 interfaces, all controlled by the same advanced AltaAPI SDK.“The NLINE product line continues our effort to design better, smaller, cheaper for our customers; how can we reduce our customer’s integration effort, platform management and life cycle costs?” states Wild. “It’s embedded in our culture to continually improve our products and processes.”
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Alta Data Technologies, LLC

Headquarters
Rio Rancho, NM

Management
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 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 of Alta 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