For the testing of complex electronic systems (for example the various weapons and their internal guidance and control systems with interfaces to the combat control equipment and sensors installed in a modern nuclear submarine) it is often necessary to connect a myriad of external cables to test equipment. Normally, this is done through the use of a custom-built switching system consisting of special adapters and switches to plug in and turn off and on cables and wires from the various components. This so-called “breakout box,” while functionally adequate, is normally unique to the equipment of a single ship or aircraft. SEA CORP developed a prototype Konfigurable Interface Tester (KIT) which has multiple connectors and a configurable output switching system. This allows the adaptation of the unit to various equipments and system configurations, making possible a “universal” approach, a cost-effective alternative to a single-purpose breakout box which must be custom-built for each test application.
Building on its years of support for Navy towed array sonar systems, SEA CORP has developed a Towed Array Receiver Coupler interface, known as the TARC/VME Interface board. This interface board is a VME bus-based data acquisition card for high speed access to acoustic and non-acoustic data. SEA CORP's TARC/VME interface board is currently the only method for transferring acoustic data for display purposes, and ultimately for lab analysis, and is currently being marketed to all Naval labs where acoustic data must be captured and displayed.
In another towed array development for Navy submarines, SEA CORP built the TB29Record/Playback Interface which is designed for real time recording and playback of acoustic and non-acoustic data from the newest generation of towed array sonar receivers (known as the TB29). This is the only unit that allows signal recording and playback from the towed arrays. These signals are then available for playback at any time, facilitating analysis and categorization.
This interface board, designed and developed by SEA CORP, provides access to operational submarines' combat control systems information in a manner previously impossible. This board interfaces with the submarine's Sonar high speed differential bus data ports and captures the data in blocks for transfer to the standard VME bus. Thus data, that previously could not be stored, is captured and saved for later analysis.