Rugged space-qualified remote I/O interface for aerospace applications introduced by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged space-qualified Ai-RIO remote I/O interface unit that uses expansion modules, or "slices" for application-specific remote I/O management in a variety of aerospace, defense and military applications.

By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged space-qualified Ai-RIO remote I/O interface unit that uses expansion modules, or "slices" for application-specific remote I/O management in a variety of aerospace, defense and military applications.

The Ai-RIO is an high density, low power rugged subsystem that provides user-specific functionality. It is suited for vehicle platform flight control, attitude and navigation controls, servo-valve and thrust vector control (TVC), robotic motor control, video and image processing and storage, data telemetry, platform stabilization, communications and telematics, high speed data recorders, booster and launch propulsion and thruster control, remote sensor and effector monitoring.

The Ai-RIO is expandable with as many as eight units networked together. Added capabilities include I/O, power switching, and mass/SD FLASH memory.

The remote I/O sub-system includes a Gigabit Ethernet port with precision time sync IEEE-1588 support, 10 RS-422 ports, eight LVDS or RS-422/485 UARTS, four SpaceWire ports with LVDS I/O, two CANbus ports, and 16 GPIO in two blocks of eight.

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Using Aitech's RIO-NET client/server software and additional memory and I/O arrays, the new unit can serve as a stand-alone command and data handling platform or networked remote command/response I/O unit.

The Ai-RIO features a radiation-qualified dual-core PowerPC processor with two rad-tolerant FPGAs. All internal electronics are conduction-cooled and mechanically fixed and housed within a sealed, EMI/EMC Faraday cage for maximum thermal transfer.

The housing is constructed of 6061/T6 flight-grade aluminum and is based on a common 5.5-by-5.5-by-1.2-inch small form factor. External connectors can be either micro D-Subs for space applications or standard micro MIL-DTL-38999 circular military connectors for use in defense environments.

The base unit configuration weight of an Ai-RIO is 3.75 pounds with a power dissipation of less than 12 Watts. For more information contact Aitech online at www.rugged.com.

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