AMux 1000 Data Acquisition Unit

Flexible Configuration and Dramatic Increases in Throughput Speed

  • Ethernet Data Acquisition Unit (DAU)
  • IRIG 106 Chapter 10 Packet Format
  • Modular, Expandable and Flexible I/O Options
  • Gigabit Ethernet Output Interface
  • Fast Ethernet Control Interface
  • Supports TCP, UDP and Multicast UDP Output Modes
  • Conduction-cooled Flight-rated Proven Enclosure

Standards-Based Network Multiplexer

The AMux1000 is a P3I update to the original AMux700 with the same SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power), but with dramatic increases in throughput speed and user configuration flexibility. The system updates include a new Intel ATOM CPU, new multiplexer, higher speed interfaces, the Ampex ACCE Management Software, and full backwards compatibility to the existing I/O module interfaces. This provides existing users compatibility with their existing data interfaces from the Ampex miniR700, AMux 600 & AMux 700 Multiplexers.

The DAU is a network multiplexer using the IRIG106 Chapter 10 packet and stream format. The unit timestamps data received over any supported interface and creates a single network output stream over Ethernet, using either a dependable TCP/IP connection or versatile UDP/IP packet stream. When UDP is used, the AMux can use multicast addressing for even greater versatility. The new AMux1000 can be configured with a new PCIe I/O interfaces for higher-speed channels to be released, and/or an additional PCIe CPU. The base DAU unit now includes Gigabit Ethernet and the Power Filter as standard. Future enhancements will include option for configuring a Radiation Tolerant (RT) watchdog monitor for new space applications and custom interfaces to meet unique customer requirements.

Configurable and Reconfigurable

Building on the modularity of the miniR 700v2 Solid State Recorder, the AMux 1000 DAU base system includes the CPU control unit, the PCIe multiplex module with a dedicated timecode input, and a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an AM-801 Gigabit Ethernet output module. Additional input modules may be added — with a limit of seven to nine input modules, depending on the power and performance required of each. Time can be supplied using IRIG-B or HAVE QUICK time into the PCIe-MUX module, or over the network using NTP or IEEE1588 PTP. Power filter and hold-up modules are also available to meet the needs of a wide range of environments. Optional GPS with AM-901 Module. While achievable throughput of the system will vary depending on the number and characteristics of the inputs, the system is rated to provide a usable payload throughput of 1,000 MBits/sec, limited by the capability of AM-801 output module to accurately deliver data with no loss of packets.

Data Interfaces/Format

  • IRIG-106 Chapter 10 packet format
  • Network acquisition as well as output interfaces
  • SD Video, MPEG2 and MPEG4
  • HD Video, both H.264/AVC and Motion JPEG2000
  • IntelliBus® interface
  • Variety of AMux I/O Modules: PCM, UART, Analog, and Avionics buses
Video & Imagery

The AMux 1000 is the ultimate in video signal acquisition modularity. As many as 8 video I/O modules or “slices” can be added to the AMux for multiple video inputs, of varying types, so the signals can be sent to the user’s preferred storage device. Video signal types include DVI, HD-SDI, RGB, LVDS, and SD among others.  Modules are added to, or removed from, the external side of the AMux 1000. There is no need to crack open the “guts” of the system.  The video I/O modules can also be mixed with non-video modules for acquiring other signals like 1553, ARINC 429, or PCM. When added to an Ampex network file server, the combined system is capable of traditional flight test recording via the IRIG 106 Chapter 10 format as well as network centric topologies (iNET, IENA, and DAR capable).

EW & RF Signals Data

The AMux 1000 is the ultimate in EW signal acquisition modularity. As many as 8 video I/O modules or “slices” can be added to the AMux for multiple inputs, of varying types, so the EW and other signal types can be sent to the user’s preferred storage device. I/O modules are added to, or removed from, the external side of the AMux 1000. There is no need to crack open the “guts” of the system.

Flight Test

The AMux 1000 Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) is the upgraded version of the Ampex AMux 700 DAU and is the perfect pair to your existing flight test instrumentation architecture. Marrying the AMux 1000 with an Ampex TuffServ network file server also provides users continuity across their instrumentation process. Like the TuffServ’s, the AMux 1000 now leverages the Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) software, ideal for flight test data management, but is still backward compatible with AMux 700 and miniRv2 I/O modules.