NG2 – Avionics I/O Controller

Rugged, High-Density Avionics I/O Controllers

The NG2 Series includes the same Intel 64-bit quad core processor and avionics I/O selection as Astronics Ballard Technology’s high-level NG3 Series, but features a smaller size with a corresponding reduction in I/O. It is designed for applications where lower SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) is critical. Like the NG3, it is prevalidated for rapid deployment with no up-front NRE.


  • Low SWaP (Size, Weight, Power)
  • High I/O density
  • Removable mSATA SSD
  • Flexible write protect capability
  • Intel® Atom™ E3950 64-bit, quad core processor
  • Extended temperature range
  • Wide range of avionics and computer I/O:
    • MIL-STD-1553
    • ARINC 429, 708, 717
    • Serial, CANBus, Discrete
    • Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host
    • mPCIe expansion option
  • Helicopter, fixed wing, UAV, and ground mobile
  • Highly reliable, prevalidated COTS solution
  • Reduces project risk, time, and cost

Up to 8 dual-redundant channels
BC/RT/MON (Single- or Multi-Function)
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
CH/TA/SA filtering
Sequential monitor


Up to 16 channels (16 x Receive, 8 x Transmit)
Periodic and asynchronous messages
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
Receive message filtering (Label/SDI)
Sequential monitor


Up to 4 channels (4 x Receive, 4 x Transmit)
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
Receive message filtering
Sequential monitor


Up to 2 channels (2 x Receive, 2 x Transmit)
Transmit and receive
Sub-frame and super-frame support 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 wps
Sequential monitor


Up to 8 ports
Selectable baud rates
Optional handshake signals (232 mode)
Ethernet (TCP) serial server mode


Ethernet Switch
Up to 8 ports (10/100 Mb/s)
Up to 7 ports (10/100/1000 Mb/s)
Layer 2 managed operation


Avionics Discrete I/O
Up to 80 programmable Input/Output
Open/GND configuration

The NG2 Series includes expansion capability for SSD and I/O beneath a maintenance-removable top cover.

  • Up to 2 mSATA slots; SSD options: 64GB, 256GB MLC
  • Up to 1 mPCIe slot

The ‘NG’ Family is a New Generation of Ballard Boxes consisting of three distinct series of COTS products optimised for different levels of deployment:


Highest level of capability and I/O, along with 64-bit processing and audio/video, for the most demanding applications.


  • NG2 Series Avionics I/O Controllers
    Available now

Same processing power as the NG3, but in a smaller size with a corresponding reduction of I/O, when lower SWaP is critical.


Extremely compact and optimised for converting avionics protocol data to and from Ethernet for interfacing to the NG3/NG2 or other avionics systems.