SmartCable Intelligent Download Interface

Flexible Configuration and Dramatic Increases in Throughput Speed

  • Compatible Versions for:
  • Convert Physical and Logical Protocols for downloading memory modules
  • USB module interface standard, variants for IEEE 1394/FireWire & SATA Memory Modules
  • Gigabit Ethernet Output Interface
  • Web, SMB/CIFS, FTP, NFS protocols
  • Software options:
    • NADSI (STANAG) Download
    • Chapter 10 Download and/or Demux
    • Cyber Security options, including
      Embedded Firewall
  • In-line design: “Bump in the cable” (5” x 3” x 2”)
  • Attached cables prevent loss

The SmartCable is the intelligent bridge between rugged memory modules and ground based storage. Some hardware interfaces such as IEEE 1394/FireWire are becoming hard-to-find or obsolete on new laptops and servers, while others such as USB are frequently forbidden by security policy from being used as a storage interface. The SmartCable provides a compact, elegant solution that distances the physical interface (USB, FireWire, etc) from the download station using ubiquitous gigabit Ethernet. Physically, the SmartCable uses attached data cables, so it can be considered as a cable with an Ethernet jack on one end, a USB or FireWire plug on the other, and a “bump” in the middle. Power to the device is via a wide-input DC supply, supporting both 12V and 28V sources.

Together with its hardware capabilities of bridging the storage connection to a network interface, the SmartCable also provides software to translate the data and even file formats used on the memory module into formats more easily processed by the consumer. For example, it can easily provide access from Windows computers to modules formatted for Linux (or vice versa, although Linux typically can do this natively).

The default interface to the SmartCable is via a web interface, which allow operators to download files and, with specific supported memory modules, perform other housekeeping tasks such as formatting, erasing and accessing diagnostic information. Other access methods, such as Windows and NFS networking as well as (Secure) FTP are also available. The SmartCable supports “Zero Configuration” networking, as well as more centralized systems where servers deliver configuration information to the device