• Connecting Network-Based Data Acquisition Nodes to the Network

      Hildin, John; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2008-10)
      Unlike communications protocols that are bus-based or multi-drop (e.g., CAIS Bus, Fibre Channel, RS-485), Ethernet relies on a point-to-point connection topology. One reason for this approach is to allow network nodes to negotiate their individual mode of communication with the network, i.e., link speed and duplexity. The goals of this paper are twofold. The first goal is to describe the process of link negotiation between nodes. This will include some of the details of how two physical layer devices establish communication. The second goal is to show how networked data acquisition nodes are physically connected within the overall system.
    • Design and Implementation of an Avionics Full Duplex Ethernet (A664) Data Acquisition System

      Perez, Alberto; Hildin, John; Roach, John; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2008-10)
      ARINC 664 presents the designers of data acquisition systems challenges not previously seen on other aircraft avionic buses. Among the biggest challenges are providing the test instrumentation system with the capacity to process two redundant Ethernet segments that may be carrying packet traffic at near wire-line speed. To achieve this level of performance, the hardware and software must not only perform mundane operations, like time stamping and simple virtual link MAC filtering, but also need to implement core ARINC 664 functions like redundancy management and integrity checking. Furthermore, other TCP/IP operations, such as IP header checksum, must also be offloaded to the hardware in order to maintain real-time operation. This paper describes the implementation path followed by TTC during its development of an ARINC 664 network monitor used in a large commercial aircraft flight test program.
    • The Design of a High-Performance Network Transceiver for iNET

      Lu, Cheng; Cook, Paul; Hildin, John; Roach, John; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2008-10)
      A critical element of the proposed iNET architecture is the development of a telemetry network that provides two-way communication between multiple nodes on both the ground and in the air. Conventional airborne telemetry is based on IRIG-106 Chapter 4 and provides only a serial streaming data path from the aircraft to the ground. The network-centric architecture of iNET requires not only a duplex communication link between the ground and the test article, but also a communication link that provides higher bandwidth performance, higher spectrum efficiency, and a transport environment that is capable of fully packetized Internet Protocol. This paper describes the development path followed by TTC in the implementation of its nXCVR-2000G, an OFDM 802-11a-based iNET-ready IP transceiver.