NG3 – Avionics I/O Computer

Rugged, High-Density Avionics I/O Computers

The NG3 Series from Astronics Ballard Technology is the next generation of flexible COTS avionics I/O computers. These compact systems combine Intel 64-bit quad core processing with an exceptional sum and variety of avionics and computer I/O. The NG3 has the power and versatility to solve control and communication challenges, and is prevalidated for rapid deployment with no up-front NRE.


  • High I/O density
  • Up to 2 removable mSATA SSD
  • Flexible write protect capability
  • Intel® Atom™ E3950 64-bit, quad core processor
  • Low SWaP (Size, Weight, Power)
  • Wide range of avionics and computer I/O:
    • MIL-STD-1553
    • ARINC 429, 708, 717
    • Serial, CANBus, Discrete
    • Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host
    • 2D/3D Video, Audio
    • mPCIe expansion option
  • Helicopter, fixed wing, UAV, and ground mobile
  • Highly reliable, prevalidated COTS solution
  • Reduces project risk, time, and cost

Up to 12 dual-redundant channels
BC/RT/MON (Single- or Multi-Function)
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
CH/TA/SA filtering
Sequential monitor


Up to 24 channels (24 x Receive, 12 x Transmit)
Periodic and asynchronous messages
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
Receive message filtering (Label/SDI)
Sequential monitor


Up to 6 channels (6 x Receive, 6 x Transmit)
Hardware controlled transmit scheduling
Receive message filtering
Sequential monitor


Up to 3 channels (3 x Receive, 3 x Transmit)
Transmit and receive
Sub-frame and super-frame support 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 wps
Sequential monitor


Up to 12 ports
Selectable baud rates
Optional handshake signals (232 mode)
Ethernet (TCP) serial server mode


Ethernet Switch
Up to 16 ports (10/100 Mb/s)
Up to 11 ports (10/100/1000 Mb/s)
Layer 2 managed operation


Avionics Discrete I/O
Up to 112 programmable Input/Output
Open/GND configuration

The NG3 Series includes expansion capability for SSD and I/O beneath a maintenance-removable top cover.

  • 2 mSATA slots; SSD options: 64GB, 256GB, or 1TB MLC
  • 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:


  • NG3 Series Avionics I/O Computers
    Available now

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


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.