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July 17, 2002

From Condor Engineering, Inc.

Condor Engineering Introduces CORE-1553 and CORE-MMSI

Contact Name: Anne-Marie Charest
Contact Email: anne-mariec@condoreng.com
WebSite: http://www.condoreng.com

Condor Engineering Introduces CORE-1553 and CORE-MMSI 
 
Santa Barbara, CA - July 17, 2002 - Condor Engineering announced today the release of the CORE-1553 and CORE-MMSI intellectual property cores for programmable logic devices (PLDs). CORE-1553/MMSI is the industry's first downloadable encoder/decoder/processing core that can provide one or more dual redundant military protocol channels when loaded onto a single PLD, FPGA or ASIC device. CORE-1553 is a uniquely portable and flexible solution for the entire range of MIL-STD-1553 implementations. CORE-MMSI supports the emerging MMSI/EBR-1553 protocol and runs at a 10 MHz rate over RS-485. 
 
"With the CORE product line you save power, space, and gain flexibility," said Bill Schuh, Condor's Manager of Military Products. "Additionally, where the military is concerned, you gain that very crucial ability - superior obsolescence management. When you're talking about systems that are deployed anywhere from 10 to 40 years, you have to have a legacy communications link to those types of systems. CORE reduces this risk because designers are not tied to one specific part or FPGA/PLD manufacturer. CORE can migrate to new FPGA/PLD parts while continuing to maintain complete functional compatibility." 
 
Furthermore, part counts are significantly reduced by combining multiple 1553 channels along with other user functions. This has diminished board space and thermal loading, resulting in increased reliability and lower system power requirements. The cost savings on medium to large quantity projects can be well over 50%, according to Schuh, explaining that production and life-cycle costs will continue to drop over time as a result of implementing FPGA/PLD cores. Additionally, MTBF values can be raised, while combining multiple board level functions onto a single PLD part will reduce power consumption and weight. 
 
All Condor CORE-1553 products conform to MIL-STD-1553B Notice II and can support 1553A and MACAIR devices. They are available as individual functions - Bus Controller, single Remote Terminal, Bus Monitor or all combined and operating together as a multi-function 1553 device. After connection to an external transceiver, all 1553 protocol decoding/encoding, message processing, time stamping and message buffering is provided by CORE-1553.  
 
CORE-1553/MMSI products are licensed under a specific Technology License Agreement, with integration packages available for rapid MIL-STD-1553A/B and MMSI application development. 
 
About Condor Engineering 
Condor Engineering is a leading supplier of avionics databus tools and solutions. Our product portfolio includes critical flight, test, simulation and embedded interfaces for Commercial (ARINC), and Military (MIL-STD-1553) avionics databuses. We are committed to total customer satisfaction, superior product quality and exceptional service as demonstrated by our ISO 9001 registration and AS9000 certification. Founded in 1989, Condor Engineering is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, and is supported by a worldwide network of manufacturer's representatives and distributors. For more information, please visit Condor Engineering's Web site at: www.condoreng.com.