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Applied Avionics has unveiled a new, small ARINC 429 signal converted to enable cockpit designers to get multiple, customizable uses out of the companies Vivisun lighted switches and Nexsys avionics system functionality and integration components.
The micro ARINC 429 converter fits inside the company's Vivisun lighted push-button switches, whose faces measure 0.75 square inches. It also can fit in Applied Avionics’ Nexsys Logic components, which have similar dimensions.
The converter enables supplemental type certificate developers to design customized switches and system components to manage a host status conditions and functions whose data moves across the ARINC 429 bus.
“Before, you needed a standard ARINC 429 decoder box, which could cost $10,000, and you needed an annunciator,” said Applied Avionics President/CEO Loren Jensen. “That box wasn't going to light up and tell the pilot what's going on. We're combining the ability to take a data bus signal in, with additional discrete signals from outside, and combine it into the Vivisun annunciator or the Nexsys module.”
Jensen said the ARINC 429 converter also is included on its qualified products list with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.