Abaco Extends Family of Avionics Devices

Abaco Extends Family of Avionics Devices for Test and Simulation, Flightline, and Development Featuring Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface

Abaco’s Thunderbolt 3 interface to Avionics I/O is arguably the best future-proof peripheral family of products in 30 years. While USB and Serial before that have marginally met functional needs, they both suffer from latency and bandwidth challenges. Abaco’s Thunderbolt 3 brings true backplane speed, latency and bandwidth to Avionics peripheral devices while maintaining a customer’s investment against the more frequent power hungry processor change-out requirements.


Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface:
  • Addresses demise of ExpressCard, PCMCIA card
  • Provides superior solution to USB
  • Leverages high speed 40Gbps interface for minimum latency, maximum channel density
  • Allows minimum cost/disruption expansion of existing test/lab systems
  • Delivers long term continuity for customers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— August 8, 2019 Abaco Systems today further extended its range of portable avionics devices that feature the Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 interface with the addition of an ARINC664-compatible RCNIC-A2PA-TB and multiprotocol RAR15XF-TB that supports up to four channels of MIL-STD-1553 and 18 channels of ARINC 429 on a single device.  These new devices complement Abaco’s previously announced QPM-1553-TB and RCEI-830A-TB.


The latest platforms include:

  • The RCNIC-A2PA-TB is the first portable ARINC 664 device to come to market with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. It is a dual port ARINC 664 interface for monitoring, generating or analyzing full-bandwidth AFDX/ARINC 664 Part 7 protocol traffic. Abaco’s exclusive pipeline architecture maximizes packet throughput using parallel controllers and efficient DMA transfers, thereby avoiding the bottlenecks of CPU-based interface
  • The RAR15XF-TB is the highest density portable MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 available. It delivers up to four channels of 1553 and 18 channels of ARINC 429 for the highest density in an extremely portable device. Its on-board firmware, large data buffers, and a high-level API are integrated to provide total flexibility in monitoring and generating ARINC bus traffic. Simultaneous scheduled and burst mode (FIFO) messaging is supported on all ARINC 429 transmit channels. Each ARINC 429 receive channel provides simultaneous dedicated and buffered mode storage, along with label/SDI filtering.

Spirent and Dualos Partner to Accelerate Pace of Aerospace and Defense Communications Testing

EATONTOWN, N.J.--Spirent Communications plc, the world leader in test, measurement, assurance, and analytics solutions for next-generation devices and networks, and Dualos, LLC, a leading provider of test and validation solutions, today announced a collaboration to provide communications test solutions tailored for military and aerospace communications systems. This collaboration will allow programs to lower costs and accelerate test cycles by leveraging Spirent’s commercial off-the-shelf Radio Frequency (RF) and Quality of Experience (QoE) test systems, with Dualos’ test design expertise and deep understanding of the unique needs and requirements of the military and aerospace sector.

Dualos’ designation as a minority-owned, WOSB and Hubzone-compliant small business further aids sourcing challenges for defense programs and contractors. Meanwhile, Spirent’s RF channel emulation solutions will enable communications system designers to simulate complex real-world effects - such as reflections, high-speed motion, and air-to-ground propagation - in the lab, allowing for faster deployment and cost savings.

“Acquiring commercial solutions is a priority for the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Dualos Executive Vice President, Rob Harris. “Our new partnership with Spirent’s Connected Devices business means we will now be able to provide the types of communications test solutions that can accelerate the pace of defense programs and deliver shorter acquisition cycle times and lower lifecycle costs.”

“We’ve chosen to partner with Dualos because they have unique expertise and experience in the complex environment of the military and aerospace sector. By working together and leveraging our proven, market-leading commercial technologies, Dualos’ solutions will bring new levels of speed and efficiency to the testing of tactical communications systems,” said Spirent Sr. Director of Global Channel & Alliance Sales, Mark Bateman.

Spirent and Dualos will be exhibiting at AFCEA WEST in San Diego, California, from February 13 – 15, 2019.

About Spirent

Spirent Communications plc. (LSE:SPT) offers test, measurement, analytics, and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks. The company provides products, services and information for high-speed Ethernet, positioning and mobile network infrastructure markets, with expanding focus on service assurance, cybersecurity and 5G. Spirent is accelerating the transition of connected devices, network equipment and applications from development labs to the operational network, as it continues to innovate toward fully-automated testing and autonomous service assurance solutions.

For more information, please visit www.spirent.com and follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

About Dualos

Dualos is a company of highly qualified business development professionals and senior development and application engineers who understand the unique needs and requirements of the military and aerospace sector. We demonstrate uncompromising ethics and fully understand the requirements and processes in selling into the DoD and related branches. With decades of experience managing flow downs to the OEM, Dualos significantly limits risks and confusion throughout the entire selling process.

Abaco Announces Appointment of Dualos as Authorized Distributor for Avionics Products in Test and Simulation Market

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— December 4 2018 Abaco today announced that it has appointed Dualos LLC as an authorized distributor for Abaco’s extensive range of avionics products in the test and simulation market. Dualos has a market focus on, and far-reaching expertise in, test and simulation, and will initially serve the North American market. The company plans to expand in high growth avionics geographies.

Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Dualos has served the avionics and embedded computing market since it was founded in 2008.

“We are delighted to have established this relationship with Dualos, which we believe will enable us to even better serve organizations working in the test and simulation space,” said John Muller, Chief Growth Officer, Abaco. “Dualos shares many of our values in its commitment to customer success, its focus on quality and its emphasis on integrity in all its relationships. We’re looking forward to working with and supporting the Dualos team and to helping them deliver our market-leading avionics solutions to their customers.”

“Abaco has a long history in serving the avionics market,” said Rob Harris, Executive Vice President, Dualos. “We look forward to taking advantage of that strength; leveraging our focus, experience and expertise in test and simulation; and enhancing the breadth and depth of the solutions we can offer. We’ll bring together Abaco’s great products and backup with our ability to understand the customer’s problem, identify the optimum solution and deliver real value. We believe we’re at the start of something very exciting.”

Abaco provides a broad and deep line of avionics interfaces, test platforms, tools and software and supports avionics designers with responsive technical assistance from our engineers. Our solutions enable the development of modern military and commercial aircraft from small SWaP-constrained unmanned platforms to large commercial airliners. Abaco’s expertise spans the entire aircraft lifecycle from development, simulation and testing to deployment and MRO.

Built on a foundation of trusted IP, and leveraging a common API from development through deployment, Abaco helps customers accelerate time to operation and adapt the solution to meet their specific needs.

About Abaco Systems

With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. We create innovative, modular solutions based on open standards that are characterized by outstanding price/performance, ultimate rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. Our goal is to be a significant contributor to our customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and supporting them over the long term.  With an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most. www.abaco.com

For more information, contact:
Ian McMurray
Communications Manager
Abaco Systems

HUBZone Certification

“Dualos is honored to be selected and certified as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone entity. Dualos’ mission is to bring success and prosperity to the communities we serve” stated Nancy Papineau, President of Dualos.

National Instruments Execute Agreement to Grow Mil/Aero Program Presence

Dualos and National Instruments are partnering to grow National Instruments key technologies and solutions into government related programs. “By leveraging Dualos’ senior business development and application engineering, along with decades of program development expertise, it’s a natural fit with National Instrument’s growth initiatives” states Dualos’ Heidi Jones, Vice President of Business Development.