Application Programming Interface (API) for MIL-STD-1553 Integrated Terminals

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Mission Viejo, CA (February 6, 2014) - Holt Integrated Circuits today introduced a new Application Programming Interface (API) for its MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminal devices, HI-6130 and HI-2130. The API applies a standardized set of functions for configuration, control, status, and interrupt processing, isolating the programmer from low-level register, RAM and discrete I/O transactions operating in the background.

The API currently supports two platforms, namely IAR Systems Embedded Workbench for ARM® for embedded MCU control and Windows 7, Microsoft Visual Studio® 2012 for PCI Express PC add-in card. Application development kits (ADKs) are provided as a development tool to support each platform:

  • The ADK-6130-2 uses an ARM Cortex M3 MCU which connects to Holt’s HI-6130 MIL-STD-1553 terminal via a 16-bit parallel bus. The board includes 128Kx16 static RAM and 128Mx16 NAND Flash to support a file management system administered by the ARM MCU, enabling development of fully-capable MIL-STD-1553 terminal products. A compiled API library file is provided, containing the board support interface and drivers. The API software provides tools for buffer management, for loading and offloading RAM buffers in the HI-6130 protocol device.

  • The ADK-6130PCIe board directly plugs into any Personal Computer PCI Express expansion slot, even “x1 single-lane”. A PCIe bridge IC supports communications between the PC local bus and board-mounted HI-6130 device. The API library supports C/C++ applications running on the Windows 7 operating system and example C programs developed using Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 are also included.

Future releases will include support for Linux and VxWorks® along with expansion to include support for Holt’s serial host interface terminal products (HI-6131, HI-6121).

Holt continues to release additional development tools in support of its highly integrated MIL-STD-1553 ICs,” said Anthony Murray, Director of Business Development at Holt. “Our Applications Programming Interface for MIL-STD-1553 terminal devices enables customers to write application specific code using an industry familiar function set, without the need for familiarization with low-level register and RAM operations specific to our devices.”

Both application development kits, ADK-6130-2 and ADK-6130PCIe, along with the API software library are available directly from Holt on request.

To request information on Holt’s ARINC 429, CAN, MIL-STD-1553 and other product lines, readers should contact Holt at (949) 859-8800, by e-mail at, or visit the Holt website at




About Holt Integrated Circuits

Located in Mission Viejo, CA, Holt Integrated Circuits is a major supplier of ICs for avionics and military data bus and display applications. The company’s products are specified by more than 400 manufacturers worldwide and are employed in flight control, navigation, engine management, communications, safety equipment, and in-flight entertainment systems.

Holt’s range of ICs supporting the ARINC 429 standard is the widest in the industry and its MIL-STD-1553 transceivers are recognized as the industry’s smallest, having the lowest power consumption. In addition, Holt MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminals offer the most compact, cost effective solution available, integrating protocol, transceiver and transformers in a single 15x15mm package. Other data bus products include ARINC 717, CAN (ARINC 825), RS-485/422 and analog switches. Select products are available to DSCC SMD specifications. Holt also offers product compliant to the European Union "RoHS Directive 002/95/EC".

Holt Integrated Circuits is ISO 9001:2008 registered and is a STACK certified supplier and recipient of the STACK International 2012 Gold Supplier Award.













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