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The ARINC 818 video interface and protocol standard manages high-bandwidth, low-latency, uncompressed digital video transmission. Jon Alexander and Tim Keller of Great River Technology participated in its development.

Today it is the proven commercial standard and military de facto standard for high-performance video systems. The Airbus A400M and A350XWB, the Boeing 787, and the KC-46A tanker all employ ARINC 818, as do avionics projects in Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Israel, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

ARINC 818 video systems include infrared and other wavelength sensors, optical cameras, radar, flight recorders, map/chart systems, synthetic vision, image fusion systems, heads-up displays, heads-down multifunction displays, and video concentrators. These video systems are used for taxi and take-off assist, cargo loading, navigation, target tracking, collision avoidance, and other critical functions.






Use the form below to access the following ARINC 818 tools:


  • ARINC 818 Implementer's Guide (revised)

Updated in July 2018 to cover current hardware. Implement ARINC 818-2 into a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This 36-page guide provides engineers with an introduction to the protocol, information on FPGAs and serializer/deserializers, and a discussion of timing classes. Learn how to structure and sequence data to implement an ARINC 818 transmitter.

  • Training Video

View a 30-minute narrated overview of the protocol and applications from one of the writers of the ARINC 818 specification.

  • ICD Template

Ensure interoperability between ARINC 818 devices by using a common interface control document (ICD). We've gone through the ARINC 818 specification and mined the parameters needed to customize your implementation.

  • ICD Examples

View ICDs for common video resolutions such as 1024x768 (XGA), 1280x1024 (SXGA), and 1400x1050 (SXGA+).

  • Timing Calculator 

Determine the timing parameters you need to fill out an ICD: video line and frame timing, division of video lines into packets, packet spacing, and more.

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