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Ball Systems' Custom, Handheld Analyzer For Proprietary Communications Bus Testing Featured In Military Embedded

On Aug 30, 2018

Ball Systems designed a small custom handheld test platform based around the NI single-board RIO deployable embedded device, adding additional circuitry and packaging. Ultimately, the team developed a tool that fully evaluates bus health, performance, layout, power, and bandwidth utilization and providing a consistent and reliable problem diagnosis.

The result is a portable, battery powered system that performs high level bus functions including:

  • Bus device inventory
  • Bus delay testing
  • Address scanning
  • Bus monitoring
  • Bus traffic storage
  • The ability to simulate a downstream bus to an upstream controller

The system also performs physical layer testing including:

  • Cable resistance measurement
  • Bus bias voltage measurement
  • Bus power (voltage and current)
  • Signal margin measurement

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You can read the full article “Test and measurement sector grapples with standardization, complex systems” at Military Embedded.

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