AB2000 Avionics Computers

AB2000 Series - Avionics I/O Computers

An Embedded Computer and So Much More

With so many built-in capabilities, the highly-flexible AB2000 family is the ideal fit for a wide range of applications. These rugged, conduction-cooled, COTS devices combine a powerful computer processor, multi-protocol databus interfaces, Ethernet, USB, other I/O, and PMC expansion in a small, lightweight package.

Multiple Databus Protocols

Avionics databus protocols are not an add-on with the AB2000. Choose the model that includes one or multiple protocols built right in to meet the unique needs of your application. Powerful interface circuitry manages protocol functions so the AB2000's processor is free to concentrate on your software application.

Available interfaces include:

  • MIL-STD-1553
  • ARINC 429/575
  • ARINC 708/453
  • ARINC 717/573
  • RS-232/422/485
  • Ethernet (10/100)
  • USB 2.0 Host (High Speed)
  • Flash Storage
  • Discrete I/O
  • PMC Expansion

Astronics AB2000 Avionics Computer

PMC Expansion

The AB2000 has an internal PMC site that can be populated to adapt the functionality of the device to applications requiring other types of I/O, additional channels, or special capabilities. These Factory-installed PMC cards allow you to add additional I/O and functionality such as Ethernet switch, relays, synchronous serial, CAN bus, and more.

Powerful Application Solutions

The AB2000 Series (also called the Avionics BusBox 2000 or simply Ballard Box) is a small form factor system that delivers outstanding performance on the ground and in the air. They are routinely deployed on helicopter, fixed wing, and ground mobile platforms in applications that include:

  • Data and protocol converter
  • Network server
  • Health monitor
  • Local/distributed control
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) integration
  • Maintenance gateway
  • Data recorder
  • Ethernet switch


  pdf-icon  Datasheet
  Download  Manuals, Drivers, etc.


Get More Information

For more information or to request a quote, fill out the form below or call us at:


Stay Informed



Avionics Interfaces

The following interfaces are available on common COTS configurations:

  • MIL-STD-1553 - Up to 4 dual redundant channels
  • ARINC 429 - Up to 24 channels
  • ARINC 708 - Up to 4 channels
  • ARINC 717 - Up to 2 channels (Biphase/Bipolar)
  • Avionics Discrete I/O - Up to 48 programmable Input/Outputs

Standard Computer Interfaces

All models have the following interfaces:

  • RS-232/423/422/485 2 channels (selectable)
  • Ethernet (10/100) 1 port
  • USB 2.0 2 host ports
  • IRIG A/B AM/DC TTL receiver

Additional Interfaces

The PMC expansion architecture of the AB2000 provides flexibility to include many other interface capabilities, such as:

  • 9-port Ethernet switch
  • Additional Asynchronous Serial
  • Synchronous Serial
  • CAN bus
  • Relay Module
  • Additional Avionics Interfaces
  • Contact factory for more information and other options

Standard Features

  • PowerPC processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • 16 MB Flash
  • Real Time Clock with backup power
  • Voltage and temperature monitoring
  • Flash drive
  • Conduction cooled PMC site
  • Power: 28 VDC nominal
  • MTBF: 350,000+ hours


  • Extended Temperature
  • Conduction or convection cooled
  • DO-160, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461


  • Compact enclosure: 5.46 x 7.31 x 2.48 in (139 x 186 x 63 mm)
  • Weight: 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
  • Horizontal & vertical mounting


Embedded or Tethered Operation

There are two ways software can operate the AB2000, either embedded or tethered. Embedded programs are typically first developed on a host computer and then uploaded to the AB2000's universal BTIDriver non-volatile solid-state storage. At power-on the embedded application boots and runs without host intervention. The tethered case is where a separate computer runs the application and controls the AB2000 over Ethernet.


Ordering Information

For more information or to request a quote, call +1.425.339.0281 or complete the form above.

Astronics offers over 60 COTS AB2000 configurations. The following are a few example configurations:

AB2342Standard features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429, 1R/1T ARINC 708 and 1 dual redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channel
AB2146Standard features plus 8R/4T ARINC 429 and 1R/1T ARINC 717 channels
AB2280Standard features plus 4 dual redundant multi-function MIL-STD-1553 channels