Alta Releases Wind River VxWorks and LynuxWorks LynxOS Support for MIL-STD-1553 Interface Products

Alta Data Technologies has released a new application program interface (API - AltaAPI) with real time operating system support (RTOS) for Wind River’s VxWorks and LynuxWorks’ LynxOS that greatly reduces integration efforts for embedded MIL-STD-1553 applications.

Alta Data Technologies of Rio Rancho, New Mexico has released an advanced application program interface, AltaAPI, that provides a low level ANSI C and high level Windows .Net 2.0 assembly. The low level ANSI C functions are ideal for standard C (Windows Visual Studio) and real-time applications with Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS such as VxWorks, LynxOS, etc...) or Linux 2.6 applications. The AltaAPI is designed to easily port to various operating systems through a simple layer zero file for memory mapping and interrupt handler management. “The multi layer architecture of our AltaAPI software tool kit simplifies software integration efforts and allows the design engineer to implement efficient, time critical ANSI C threads through objected oriented C++/Windows .Net applications,” states Rich Wade, CTO of Alta.

Higher layer features of the MIL-STD-1553 AltaAPI include full MS Windows DLL and the first MS Windows .NET 2.0 assembly in the standard software distribution. The .NET assembly is ideal for National Instruments Labview 8.0+ applications as the integration time is often only minutes to input and recognize the AltaAPI assembly in the Labview development environment. AltaAPI includes several C level example programs and Labview examples. “Most of our customers start with one of the several example programs that include BC, RT, Monitor, Archiving, Signal Generation and Playback C code examples. These programs jump start the application development and greatly reduce integration time,” say Wade.

The AltaAPI distribution is provide at no-cost with Alta MIL-STD-1553 cards.

Source code is provided for standard ANSI C functions and device drivers as permitted. Alta PCI, PMC, cPCI/PXI, PCMCIA, PC/104-Plus MIL-STD-1553 cards support 1553A, 1553B and other protocol variants. Alta also sells advanced analyzer, AltaView, and protocol SAE AS4111/4112 validation packages, AltaRTVal. Contact Alta at 888-429-1553 (in US) or 505-994-3111 (outside US) or Visit our web site at