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Even before its official release, major programs by both Airbus AM military transport and Boeing Dreamliner adopted the protocol for their critical video subsystems. Since it is now being used in military, commercial and business aircraft, many avionics vendors may need to implement the protocol in the near future to maintain compatibility. Prior to the adoption of ARINC , there was no standard for avionics video, making each new cockpit design more expensive due to proprietary video formats required by displays and video systems. For the unfamiliar, there is a learning curve associated with the FC-AV protocol and its terminology. Whereas the FC-AV standard intends to support a very broad set of industries and applications, ADVB focuses specifically on the needs of avionics video. ADVB is simplified over FC-AV because it is unidirectional, and has no requirements for link initialization, flow control or other Fibre Channel exchanges such as port log in.

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Even before its official release, major programs by both Airbus AM military transport and Boeing Dreamliner adopted the protocol for their critical video subsystems. Since it is now being used in military, commercial and business aircraft, many avionics vendors may need to implement the protocol in the near future to maintain compatibility.

Prior to the adoption of ARINC , there was no standard for avionics video, making each new cockpit design more expensive due to proprietary video formats required by displays and video systems. For the unfamiliar, there is a learning curve associated with the FC-AV protocol and its terminology. Whereas the FC-AV standard intends to support a very broad set of industries and applications, ADVB focuses specifically on the needs of avionics video.

ADVB is simplified over FC-AV because it is unidirectional, and has no requirements for link initialization, flow control or other Fibre Channel exchanges such as port log in. Although simplified, ADVB retains attributes of Fibre Channel that are beneficial for mission critical video applications, such as high speed, high reliability, low latency and flexibility.

The protocol is packetized, video-centric and very flexible, supporting an array of complex video implementations including the multiplexing of multiple video streams onto a single link or the transmission of a single stream over a dual link for ultra-high bandwidth.

Four different timing classes, A through D, are defined. Class A is asynchronous, like moving a. It is important to refer to these packets as "ADVB frames" rather than simply "frames" to eliminate potential confusion with video frames.

Every ADVB frame has a header comprised of six bit words. The "payload" contains either video or video parameters and ancillary data. The payload can vary in size but is limited to 2, bytes maximum. In other words, a video image and data are encapsulated into a container that spans many ADVB frames. That is, certain ADVB frames within the container are part of an object.

The four types of objects found within a container are: Object 0 — Ancillary Data; Object 1 — Audio not used ; Object 2 — Video progressive or interlaced odd ; and Object 3 — Video interlaced even. Link speeds. Implementations that use the Fibre Channel rates of 1. Sticking to these rates will also eliminate potential hazards for using Fibre Channel chips and transceivers outside of their intended operational speed.

Timing classifications. The ARINC standard itself does not place constraints on the timing of the ADVB frames during transmission or the methods of synchronizing at the pixel, line or frame level. Adding the protocol overhead and blanking time, a standard link rate of 3. The payload of the first FC frame in a sequence contains container header data that accompanies each video image.

Therefore, each video line is divided evenly into two FC frames. Because the display that this transmitter drives requires "line synchronous" timing, this transmitter is classified as Class C, line synchronous. Additionally, a header frame is added, making a total of 2, FC frames. ARINC allows for flexibility in the implementation of the video interface. This flexibility is desirable, because of the diverse resolutions, grayscales, pixel formats and frame rates of avionics display systems.

However, this flexibility is a problem for equipment venders hoping for some degree of interoperability. The ICD will specify parameters of the link such as link speed, image resolution, synchronization scheme, frame rate, etc. Typically, a military program, or commercial avionics development program, will have an associated ICD.

Following the steps will save time in learning the protocol, and facilitate a smoother implementation.

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Background[ edit ] In aircraft , an ever-increasing amount of information is supplied in the form of images, this information passes through a complex video system before reaching cockpit displays. Video systems are used for taxi and take-off assist, cargo loading, navigation , target tracking, collision avoidance , and other critical functions. Although FC-AV has been used on numerous programs, each implementation has been unique. The protocol is packetized but is video-centric and very flexible, supporting an array of complex video functions including the multiplexing of multiple video streams on a single link or the transmission of a single stream over a dual link. Four different classes of video are defined, from simple asynchronous to stringent pixel synchronous systems. The payload can vary in size, but is limited to bytes per ADVB frame.

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