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Custom Interface ISPs

Orbit has designed and manufactured custom ISPs with capabilities that range from the control of an entire system’s requirements to simple remote functions. Orbit Electronics Group has designed a number of custom ISPs featuring fully-integrated SBCs (Single Board Computers) for specific customer functionality requirements, including the ability to communicate over either a standard or custom interface, and offering the ability to change key codes ‘on-the-fly.’ Other Orbit custom ISPs utilize microcomputers or micro controllers to allow custom programming of each panel application.

Full Function Switch Bezel
Utilized in ground mobile applications, this full function ISP integrates control switches into a bezel that is fitted over a display module. This configuration allows the operator to monitor system data and changes while selecting functions from the switch bezel. The ISP is backlit, with illuminated switches that are dimmable for low-light battlefield combat operations. This full-function switch bezel design allows for additional toggle switches to be connected to a vehicle’s wiring harness.


Audio Control Panel
Utilized for shipboard audio control functions, this ISP includes an LCD alphanumeric display with 2 audio volume control potentiometers and 26 backlit switches. This ISP interfaces with an ISDN telephone network and provides/displays keypad, volume control and operator indicator information.


Weapon Control Panel
Ruggedized for military airborne applications, this ISP incorporates 4 alphanumeric displays, 13 illuminated switches with engraved keycaps, 4 toggle function switches, 6 status indicators and a dimmer potentiometer all mounted on a backlit panel. This ISP is mounted to standard aircraft ‘rails’ using 6 Dzus fasteners.


Towed Artillery Panel
This artillery-mounted ISP is designed to withstand high vibration and shock levels, and is compliant to Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare specifications. This 28-switch ISP is designed to fit over an information display allowing the operator to view real-time information while providing input data during artillery engagements and system operations.


Aircraft Keyboard and Pointing Device (AKPD)
This ISP is designed to support naval aircraft that operate off of aircraft carriers. It allows the tactical officer to simultaneously input data while managing the A/C display system. This ISP incorporates dual PS/2 I/Os, allowing both keyboard and pointing device information to be transmitted directly to the system. It features Orbit Electronics Group’s full-travel key switches with gold-on-gold contacts and bushings for high quality, reliability, long life and low maintenance. The AKPD unit has 40 backlit switches with engraved keycaps that simulate a full-function keyboard, and is designed with ‘shift’ keys” that take on the role of function keys. Backlighting controls are integrated with the A/C cockpit dimming control system. This ISP also includes a force-stick display pointing device controller. Meets MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 for environmental and electromagnetic interference and is NVIS compatible.


Remote Control Unit (RCU)
This airborne ISP provides Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder cockpit control for status on multiple targets. It addresses modes 1, 2, 3A, as well as modes 5 and S, and supports T-CAS, M-CAS and ET-CAS functionality requirements. This ISP includes 2 rotary function switches, 1 alphanumeric display, 17 backlit switches with engraved keycaps, a brightness level rocker switch and a light sensor to keep the illumination at the desired levels during night time operational missions. This unit meets MIL-STD-810 for environmental, MIL-STD-461 for electromagnetic interference and MIL-L-85762 for aircraft NVIS compatibility.


The products shown here are just a few of the many custom designs Orbit has produced.
Contact us to discuss what we can custom design and manufacture for your applications.


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