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The EXC-8000MACC  is a table driven translator (data converter - protocol converter) that enables devices supporting different communications specifications (e.g. Ethernet, Serial, ARINC 429, Mil-1553, Discretes etc.) to talk to each other.

The processor may be programmed to convert data in real time from any format to any other format. The uMACC is programmed directly on the hardware - i.e. with no operating system - enabling it to achieve optimum latencies. Its small size, weight and low power requirements make it an excellent candidate for solving communications incompatibilities.

Before Ordering: 

The 8000MACC is designed to work as COTS equipment requiring only that the user populate the translation tables and download them using the accompanying software to the 8000MACC. 

Since Excalibur engineers have the experience in dozens of projects we have found that our customer’s projects can be implemented much faster and with lower risk if we fill in the tables for them. We provide this service free of charge. The tables are then provided to the customer who may then edit them to change, add to, or refine as required by the project.

We also have experience with projects in which simple translation is insufficient and the 8000MACC is tasked with initializing equipment on its own – without input data to guide it, or where special timing requirements or state machines need to be enforced not directly related to inputs. We often can implement these requirements into the 8000MACC thereby solving project specific issues at lower cost and lower risk that would otherwise be possible. This may involve customization of the 8000MACC and may incur NRE costs.

In order to implement these tables and to determine if any special processing is required we ask you to send us a written spec of your requirement.

Watch how to configure the MACC Converter:

Ordering Information: 

Part Number Description


Miniature Airborne Communications Converter - for embedded systems      


Mating Connectors & Cable Assemblies are NOT INCLUDED

Note:   "x”   specifies a protocol.  

            "z"   specifies firmware revision to be supplied by Excalibur

A* -  ARINC-429 

Five programmable channels 

A1 = 5 receive channels      A2 = 4 receive 1 transmit     A3 = 3 receive 2 transmit

A4 = 2 receive 3 transmit    A5 = 1 receive 4 transmit     A6 = 5 transmit channels

C* -  ARINC-708

Two programmable channels

C1 = 1 transmit 1 receive     C2 = 2 receive channels

H* - MIL-STD-1760

One single function channel

H1 = transformer coupled     H2 = direct coupled

I* -  Discrete I/O

10 D I/O, TTL/Avionics 0-32V DC

I1 = 10 channel input                  I2 = 4 chnl output 6 chnl input

I3 = 6 chnl output 4 chnl input     I4 = 10 channel output

J* - RS232/422/485

Two channels, Baud rate RS-232 up to 3 Mbps, RS-422/485 up to 4 Mbps

J1 = 2 channel RS-232     J2 = RS-232 / RS-485     J3 = RS-232 / RS-422

J4 = 2 channel RS-485     J5 = RS-485 / RS-422     J6 = 2 channel RS-422

M* - MIL-STD-1760                        

Monitor only (transmit disabled)

M1 = transformer coupled      M2 = direct coupled

N* - ARINC-717

Two channels Rx/Tx, HBP and BPRZ signals

N1 =  HBP       N2 = BPRZ

 P* - ADDA

up to 10 single ended, or 5 differential, digital-to-analog (DAC) output channels, as well as 5 single ended or 5 differential analog-to-digital (ADC) input channels.

P1 = DAC outputs only (10 Single Ended or 5 Differential)

P2 =  ADC inputs only (5 Single Ended or 5 Differential)

P3 = Combined DAC and ADC

(4 Single Ended or 2 Differential DAC outputs and 3 Single Ended or 3 Differential ADC inputs)


Five channels meets requirements of AS5643, 10Mbps 1553 Protocol/RS-485 Transceivers

R5 = 5 EBR-1553 hub ports and 1 cBM port     

S* - ARINC-825 

Five channels

S5 = 5 ARINC-825 channels

T* - MIL-STD-1553

One single function channel

T1 = transformer coupled     T2 = direct coupled

V* - MIL-STD-1553

Monitor only (transmit disabled)

V1 = transformer coupled      V2 = direct coupled

           "-E"     added to the end of the part number specifies extended temperature (-40° to +85°C) option.
           "-R"     rugged configuration
           "-001" added to the end of the part number specifies conformal coating option.
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