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Find detailed publications and other resources covering ARINC 818, FC-AV, HOTLink II™, and the Great River products and services supporting those systems. Resources are in PDF unless otherwise noted.

ARINC 818 and FC-AV

General

Brochure

ARINC 818 Development Suite

Board-level, box-level, and system-level products from GRT, the world leader in ARINC 818 implementation.

Video Library

ARINC 818 Development Products

Great River Technology's video library of products for ARINC 818 development.

White paper

Early Design-Stage Considerations

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Part 1 of Paul Grunwald's 2016 series Implementing ARINC 818. In making hardware and system architecure decisions, engineers starting an ARINC 818 project need to give attention to both the big picture and seeminly small details.

White paper

Robustness White Paper

Testing, Simulating, and Validating ARINC 818 Interfaces by Paul Grunwald.

White paper

Why ARINC 818?

Paul Grunwald, in his 2012 paper, looks at the history of the protocol and examines competing technologies.

White paper

What Is ARINC 818?

Tim Keller, among the authors of ARINC 818, introduces the protocol and its potential in his 2007 paper.

Web site (html)

www.arinc818.com

This site covers the ARINC 818 protocol and its implementation.

Web site (html)

www.fc-av.info

This site covers Fibre Channel Audio Visual (FC-AV), an older digital video protocol still active in some ongoing programs.

Datasheet

Matrix or GRAVity on LabVIEW

Software Development Kits (SDKs) leverage the power of LabVIEW™ for systems that employ our Matrix or GRAVity cards.

Tech Note 001M

Migration from GRAVity to Matrix

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This document covers items that must be addressed when migrating applications from GRAVity cards using the EFC API to Matrix cards using the GRTM (GRT Matrix) API.

Tech Note 007M

Header Utility

This note discusses the Header Utility in the Matrix818Test and GRAVityFCAVTest programs, which replaced Load Header and Get Header functions used in earlier versions of these programs.

Matrix Series Products (ARINC 818)

Datasheet

Matrix Series ARINC 818 Cards

Great River's Matrix Series PCIe4 and XMC cards support ARINC 818–compliant interfaces from 1.0625 Gbps to 4.25 Gbps.

Video

Introducing Matrix

A 3-minute video on the capabilities and features of Matrix.

Datasheet

Video and Protocol Analyzer Gen II

Great River's VPA II is a powerful tool for the development of ARINC 818 systems.

Quick start

Quick Start for Matrix ARINC 818/FC-AV Video Cards

This document describes the steps required to use Matrix Series ARINC 818/FCAV video cards.

User guide

Matrix Series ARINC 818 User Manual

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Matrix PCIe4 Hardware and Test Applications for ARINC 818 video is covered here.

User guide

Matrix XMC Series ARINC 818 User Manual

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Matrix XMC cards used as hardware for ARINC 818/FC-AV video are covered in this manual.

User guide

Matrix ARINC 818 Video and Protocol Analyzer User Manual

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This guide details the use of the Matrix Video and Protocol Analyzer application software and provides a high-level description of the hardware.

Install help

Windows Matrix SDK/API install Guide

For those using the Windows operating system, this document outlines the steps necessary to install the software and documentation for Matrix Series cards.

Tech Note 002M

Matrix Data Transfer Methods (in SDK)

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For those using the Matrix ARINC 818 software development kit (SDK), this note lists four methods of data transfer, beginning with the one preferred in most cases.

Tech Note 003M

Common Errors on Matrix (in SDK)

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This note covers the three most common Matrix errors (14, 22, and 23) generated by the Matrix ARINC 818 software development kit (SDK).

Tech Note 004M

Matrix ARINC 818/ FC-AV Header Function Usage (in SDK)

Matrix ARINC 818/FCAV cards use a method for loading header data that is significantly different than that used by GRAVity cards. This note describes the method and the Matrix header functions for those using the Matrix ARINC 818 software development kit (SDK).

Tech Note 005M

Matrix Callback Window (in SDK)

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For those using the Matrix ARINC 818 software development kit (SDK), this note details the callback function used by Matrix in receive mode and transmit mode.

Tech Note 006M

Application Creation (in SDK)

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For those using the Matrix ARINC 818 software development kit (SDK), this note describes the basic requirements to create an application in Visual C++, Visual Studio, or Visual Basic.

Tech Note 008M

Xilinx FPGA Program Instructions

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These instructions cover reprogramming of firmware in a Matrix card.

Tech Note 009M

Sync Pulse Connector Details

View pin numbers and their descriptions relative to the card's mating connector.

Tech Note 010M

Fiber Channel (FC) Cables or FCN

This article provides a knowledge base to off-the-shelf FC cable assembly vendors and FC cable products and building techniques (FCN).

Tech Note 011M

Micro Twinax Connectors and Cables

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This article informs on how to interface to the XMC optional Micro Twinax connector.

Tech Note 012M

PCIe Link State Power Management in Windows 7

This article details how to disable PCIe Link Power Management in Windows 7, which in some systems will reset the Matrix configuration space registers and prevent the card's operation.

Tech Note 013M

SXGA Test Pattern Wrap Back

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For cards using firmware Version 1941, this note details steps to perform the SXGA Test Pattern Wrap Back test.

Tech Note 014M

Matrix on MATLAB

Obtain and use a free interface so that Matrix hardware users can utilize MATLAB's development platform.

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Systems and Recorders (Titan, Callisto, Europa)

Datasheet

Titan ARINC 818 Systems and Recorders

Unprecedented capacity for demanding ARINC 818 applications, including flight testing, simulation, and ATE testing.

Video

Introducing Titan

A 3-minute tour of Titan's capabilities and features.

Video

Titan 3-Channel ARINC 818 Recorder

An operations description of a Titan unit configured as a 3-channel recorder.

Datasheet

Callisto ARINC 818 Systems and Recorders

Perfect solutions for engineering development and simulation of ARINC 818 hardware.

Datasheet

Europa ARINC 818 Systems and Recorders

Ruggedness and high portability for engineering development and field and flight testing.

Video

Introducing Europa

A 3-minute tour of Europa's capabilities and features.

Datasheet

Matrix MultiCard

A software option/upgrade for Titan, Callisto, and Europa: Easily control multiple channels of ARINC 818 through an intuitive GUI.

Datasheet

ARINC 818 Xf Tuner

A software option/upgrade for Titan, Callisto, and Europa: Simplify the design and testing of ARINC 818 hardware with this intuitive GUI.

Video

Introducing ARINC 818 Xf Tuner

A 4-minute video tour of the Xf Tuner.

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High Speed Stand Alone Module (HS SAM) Gen II

Datasheet

ARINC 818 HS SAM

Use for flight testing or in the lab, A/C production facility, or simulator.

Quick start

ARINC 818 HS SAM

This guide covers the basics for getting started with the High Speed Stand Alone Module, Gen II, including installation of SAMView2 software.

Install Help

Windows HS SAM SDK/API and Applications Install

Use this guide with the Windows opertating system when installing HS SAM Gen II products.

User Guide

HS SAM Gen II for ARINC 818

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This detailed user manual covers operations of HS SAM Gen II and HS SAMView2 software.

Tech Note 001S

Header Utility

This note details the use of the Header Utility in HSSAMView2.

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Flyable Video Converter Module (VCM)

Datasheet

Flyable ARINC 818 Video Converter Module

Extend the life of flyable video components by quickly linking them to ARINC 818 architecture.

Datasheet

Embedded ARINC 818 Converters

1-, 2-, or 3-channel boards extend the life of legacy DVI equipment.

Pantera 4x4 Switch

Datasheet

ARINC 818 Switches

Great River offers a variety of ARINC 818 switches from our Pantera 4x4 to Techway's rugged 10x10.

Quick start

Pantera ARINC 818 4x4 Switch

This guide covers the Pantera's hardware, connection steps, and interface.

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GRAVity Series Products (ARINC 818): Obsolele

Datasheet

ARINC 818 and FC-AV Video Cards

GRAVity cards are obsolete and will be sold only until current stock is depleted.

Quick start

Quick Start for GRAVity FC-AV Cards

This guide describes the steps to use Great River's GRAVity Series FC-AV card and is applicable to both PCI and PMC versions of the card.

Install help

Windows GRAVity (EFCAPI) SDK/API Install Guide

Install the software for GRAVity Series cards in Windows. This guide covers version 7.X drivers and operating systems through Win 8 (32- and 64-bit).

User guide

GRAVity 64 PCI FC-AV Video Card User Manual

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This detailed guide describes FC-AV standards compatibility and GRAVity 64-bit hardware operation. It covers how to use the card with test application software and how to transmit and receive FC-AV video.

Tech Note 001G

Fiber Channel (FC) or FCN Cables

This article covers vendors for off-the-shelf FC cables, cable products, and building techniques.

Tech Note 002G

Sync Pulse Connector Details

View pin numbers and their descriptions for the card's mating connector.

Tech Note 003G

Xilinx FPGA Program Instructions

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Follow these instructions to reprogram firmware in the GRAVity cards.

Tech Note 004G

Xilinx Config Prom Programming Instructions

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Follow these instructions to reprogram firmware in the GRAVity Series PMC cards.

Tech Note 005G

GRAVity PCI 32/64 Callback Window (in SDK)

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The callback function used by GRAVity cards in receive mode and transmit mode is detailed for those using the GRAVity ARINC 818 software development kit (SDK). A timing diagram is included.

Tech Note 008G

GRAVity API 5.x to 7.x Upgrade

This note covers the important procedure of removing 5.x components when upgrading to 7.x in Windows and XP.

Tech Note 009G

GRAVity EFCAPI Reinstall Cleanup

When upgrading or downgrading the GRAVity EFCAPI, usually to a significantly different version, this procedure may be necessary.

Tech Note 010G

GRAVity PAE Setup on Windows XP

The EFCAPI Driver cannot be used on Windows or Linus systems with more than 3 gigabytes of memory and the physical address extension (PAE) turned on. This procedure covers how to avoid the conflict.

Tech Note 011G

GRAVity Card Compatibility

GRAVity Card Compatibility with Modern Systems and Operating Systems discusses the environments for which GRAVity Series products were designed when they were introducted in 2004 and the limitations of the series in more recent platforms. Alternatives for newer environments are covered.

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IP Core and Evaluation Packages

Datasheet

IP Core and Evaluation Packages

Easily and quickly implement ARINC 818–compliant interaces in Xilinx and Altera PDLs.

Tech Note 001C

FPGAs and Associated Link Rates

Among FPGA vendors, Xilinx and Altera provide a wide range of FPGA device families. Tables summarize all the SERDES link rates by family and model.

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HOTLink II

General

White Paper

Best Practices for Implementing a HOTLink Video Protocol for IR and Optical Applications

David Cole's 2005 paper provides an overview of the protocol that continues to be a component of active commercial and military aerospace programs.

Worksheet

HL2V Compatibility Worksheet

This checklist calls out the information required to determine compatibility with Great River's HOTLink II video cards.

Datasheet

Matrix or GRAVity on LabVIEW

Software Development Kits (SDKs) leverage the power of LabVIEW™ for systems that employ our Matrix or GRAVity cards.

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Matrix Series Products (HOTLink II)

Datasheet

HOTLink II Video Cards

Great River offers five form factors that support a range of video formats.

Quick start

Quick Start for Matrix HL2V (HOTLink II Video) Cards

This guide covers the steps required to use Great River Matrix series HOTLink II video cards. Custom applications are addressed.

Install help

Windows Matrix SDK/API install Guide

For those using the Windows operating system, this document outlines the steps necessary to install the software and documentation for Matrix Series cards.

User guide

Matrix Series HOTLink II User Manual

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This detailed manual covers Matrix PCIe4 hardware and test applications.

User guide

Matrix XMC Series HOTLink II User Manual

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This detailed manual covers Matrix XMC hardware description, operation, and test applications.

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GRAVity Series Products (HOTLink II)

Datasheet

HOTLink II Video Cards

Great River offers five form factors that support a range of video formats.

Datasheet

HOTLink II Serial Link Analyzer

The HSLA is a data analyzer and diagnostic tool for 8B/10B encoded serial links, such as ARINC 818.

Quick start

Quick Start for GRAVity HL2V (HOTLink II Video) Cards

This guide covers the steps required to use Great River GRAVity Series HOTLink II video cards. Custom applications are addressed.

Install help

Windows GRAVity (EFCAPI) SDK/API Install Guide

Install the software for GRAVity Series cards in Windows. This guide covers version 7.X drivers and operating systems through Win 8 (32- and 64-bit).

Install help

Windows EFC API Install Guide

Install GRAVity and EFC series products when using Windows 7/Vista/XP operating systems.

Install help

EFCAPI Installation Guide for Linux

For Linux, software drivers, documentation, and API (application programming interface) for EFC, GRAVity and GRAVity II cards.

User guide

GRAVity HL2V User Manual

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This detailed user manual covers GRAV64 HOTLink II PCI, PCIe, and PMC video cards.

User guide

GRAVity HOTLink II Data Card User Manual

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This detailed guide provides instruction for using EFCDataTest with GRAVity HOTLink II data cards.

User guide

GRAVity HSLA User Manual

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This manual details the HOTLink Serial Link Analyzer (HSLA) and its HSLAview software.

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