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March 30, 2005 10:00

From Condor Engineering

Condor Engineering Introduces BusTools/GSS -- Multi-protocol simulation and analysis tool

Contact Name: Anne-Marie Charest
Contact Email: anne-mariec@condoreng.com
WebSite: http://www.condoreng.com/new/press/pressreleases/BT-GSSpr.shtml

Santa Barbara, CA March 29, 2005  
Condor Engineering, a leading provider of military and commercial avionics databus solutions, today introduced BusTools/GSS, a simulation and analysis tool designed for systems integration environments and other development and test environments that require graphical representation of complex, multi-protocol bus data. BusTools/GSS offers simultaneous support for MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429 and STANAG 3910-all within a single software environment. 
BusTools/GSS is an ideal companion to Condor's line of avionics interface cards since it abstracts board-level APIs to a common environment syntax. BusTools/GSS provides a flexible project/work book/work page structure, and signal database (ICD info) import/export capability. Users can create unique GUI interfaces, quickly time-correlate transactions across networks, simulate and control events using open architecture scripts, analyze data in engineering units, and graphically display data with a rich set of tools.  
BusTools/GSS provides a structured generic interface for each of the supported protocols. This allows a standard set of GUI tools and signals to be used across protocols. The same generic interface is also used by the scripting function, which allows users to customize operations and displays while focusing on analysis, testing and understanding databuses. Messages can be compared against a table of expected transactions, providing statistics on parameters. 
"BusTools/GSS meets the needs of systems integration, flight-line, and production engineers who are looking for a completely customizable way to capture low-level databus information and display and analyze it in a customizable, graphical format," according to Rick Schuh, vice president of sales at Condor Engineering. "This new addition to Condor's line of software solutions enables engineers to easily tap into databuses-even of different formats-and then view time-correlated data in comparison to expected transactions." 
A powerful feature of BusTools/GSS is the signals database. This translates raw data into engineering units. These can be based on standards (ARINC 429-16 label definitions provided), or can be defined by the user. For each signal, the user can control the name, format, bit range, MSB value, units and EU translation values. BusTools/GSS signals are protocol-independent, which provides the ability to compare, manipulate and transfer data between active channels and protocols. 
BusTools/GSS offers a variety of signal tools for displaying data, including gauges, strip-charts, input devices, typical aircraft instruments, and more. Signals may be dragged and dropped to associate them with display or control widgets, allowing dynamic display updates. Signals can be imported from a variety of external sources. 
To add further flexibility to the system, BusTools/GSS provides the user with a powerful scripting interface that is able to control all operations and displays. Using VBScript, the user can create virtual controls and indicators, write custom simulations and implement detailed test plans. 
System requirements and supported hardware 
BusTools/GSS is available for Windows XP/2000 systems, and supports the following Condor Engineering products:  
1553: PCI-1553, QPCI-1553, PCCARD-D1553 (multi-function boards only)  
ARINC: CEI-520A, CEI-715  
3910: PCI-3910  
About Condor Engineering  
Condor Engineering is a technological innovator and manufacturer of avionics databus tools and solutions. The firm's product portfolio includes test, simulation and embedded interfaces for commercial (ARINC, AFDX) and military (MIL-STD-1553) avionics databuses. Condor is committed to total customer satisfaction, superior product quality and exceptional customer service. Founded in 1989, Condor Engineering is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, and is supported by an extensive, worldwide network of manufacturer's representatives and distributors. For more information visit Condor Engineering's website at http://www.condoreng.com.