ME1000 - mPCIe Avionics Interface Cards for MIL-STD-1553

When space is at an absolute premium, get proven COTS avionics interface cards that fit your application and minimize program risk. The ME1000 family of Mini PCI Express® cards from Astronics Ballard Technology is the ultimate low-SWaP embedded solution.

Small Size

Interface in more places with one of the industry’s smallest form factor modules.

Large I/O

Do more with the most I/O in a mPCIe card, including 1553, serial, discrete, and IRIG.

Huge Value

Get Ballard's reliable designs, long life, and industry-leading customer support.


Miniature Databus Interfaces

ME1000 mPCIe cards enable space-constrained embedded systems to interface with MIL-STD-1553 avionics databuses. These rugged cards provide the capability to reliably communicate with and monitor avionics equipment and systems. These feature-rich cards include 1 or 2 dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels, along with avionics discrete I/O and IRIG signals. RS-422/485 Serial is optionally available.

Key Features

  • 1 or 2 dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels
  • Rugged Extended Temperature Design
  • Single- or Multi-function MIL-STD-1553 models
  • IRIG A/B PWM and AM
  • Avionics Discrete I/O: 6 inputs and 2 outputs
  • Differential Discrete I/O
  • RS-422/485 Serial
  • Easy-to-use software interface
  • RoHS compliant
  • Optional conformal coating
Astronics ME1000

High Reliability

ME1000 interface cards use Ballard’s time-tested 5th generation avionics protocol engine, a large 32 MB built-in memory, and high-performance bus mastering capability. All models include 8 avionics level input/output discretes (6 inputs/2 outputs), differential discretes (1 input/1 output), and IRIG time synchronization/generation. Extended temperature range is standard and conformal coating is an option.

Concurrent Multi-Function MIL-STD-1553 Operation

Like all Astronics Ballard Technology MIL-STD-1553 multi-function cards, the ME1000 provides full concurrent Bus Controller (BC), Remote Terminal (RT), and Bus Monitor operation. In addition, multi-function features protocol error injection (word, gap, and message errors). If concurrent operation is not required, Ballard's cost-effective single-function cards provide BC/RT/Monitor operation separately.

Flexible Connection

The miniature size of the card allows installation in the smallest of systems, and the choice of horizontal or vertical I/O connector ensures you can make the most of the limited space available. In addition, the cost-effective connector style on the ME1000 means a lower price tag for your mating connectors, keeping your overall system costs low.

Robust Software Capabilities

Users can develop their own software applications with the included BTIDriver™ API. With only a few function calls, a program can operate the interface card and process messages to and from the avionics databuses. Functions include routines for transmitting, receiving, scheduling, recording, time-tagging, and manipulating data. The interface card can use applications developed for other Ballard devices; code migrates seamlessly from BTIDriver compatible devices.


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Avionics Interfaces & I/O

  • MIL-STD-1553
    Up to 2 channels
  • RS-422/485 Serial
    1 port
  • Differential Discrete I/O
    1 Input and 1 Output
    For serial models: users can select serial or DIO operation (both cannot be used concurrently)
  • Discrete I/O
    6 Inputs/2 Outputs
    Includes 16 avionics discrete I/O
  • IRIG A/B PWM and AM

Standard Features

  • 1 or 2 MIL-STD-1553 channels
  • 8 Avionics Discrete I/O (6 in/2 out)
  • 2 Differential Discrete I/O (1 in/1 out)
  • IRIG A/B input and output
  • 32 MB on-board memory


  • Component temperature: -40 to +85 deg C
  • Storage temperature: -55 to +100 deg C
  • RoHS 6/6 compliant


  • Weight: approximately 13.5 g
  • Dimensions: 51 x 30 mm
    (Note: component height exceeds mPCIe standard, download datasheet for more details.)
  • Conformal coating options


  • Default horizontal connector
    - Molex 501571-3007
  • Optional vertical connector
    - Molex 501190-3027
  • Mating connector for both types
    - Molex 501189-3010 (housing)
    - Molex 501193-3000 (terminals)

PCIe Bus

  • PCIe® x1 Link
  • Power: +3.3 VDC

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Models with MIL-STD-1553 Only

Number of Channels Single Function Multi Function 
ME1100 ME1200 
ME1300 ME1400 

Models with MIL-STD-1553 and Serial

Number of Channels Single Function Multi Function 
ME1102 ME1202 
ME1302 ME1402 

Horizontal I/O Connector is standard. To order with Vertical I/O Connector, add "/V" to the end of the part number (example: ME1402/V)


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