Mastering the ARINC 661 Standard
By introducing a separation between graphics and logic, an interpreted runtime architecture and a defined communication protocol, the ARINC 661 Standard was designed to address many of the concerns that aircraft manufacturers face today when creating cockpit avionics displays.
Before starting a project using this technology, it is important to understand all of the elements introduced by the standard, along with the benefits and occasional drawbacks.
This whitepaper will first provide an overview of ARINC 661 concepts, then go on to describe the benefits of using a distributed development approach as well as cover some practical realworld considerations when implementing an ARINC 661 solution. Finally, we will see how commercial tools can be used to simplify the creation of displays following this standard.