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 Radio Data Adapter™ Cables

​​​​​​​​The Smartronix multi-function RDA cable is designed to simplify radio operations by allowing a computer to perform up to six different radio interface tasks using a single USB connection.

The RDA is powered from the personal computer's USB port and presents itself as a multi-port serial adapter. This simultaneously enables three data ports and up to six operational modes: asynchronous data, synchronous data, asynchronous remote, Ethernet over USB, PDA-184 and High Performance Waveform / Point-to-Point Protocol (HPW/PPP). The RDA cable solves the problem of physically having to change cables to perform different data functions, decreases equipment weight, eliminates the need to purchase multiple OEM cables and has been combat proven to work in even the harshest operating environments.

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    Supported Radios

     Each RDA cable is designed to operate with a specific radio model. An RDA cable is available for each of the following radios: AN/PRC-117F, AN/PRC-117G, AN/PRC-150, AN/PRC-152, AN/ARC-231, AN/PSC-5, AN/ARC-210, AN/PRC148, and SINCGARS (AN/PRC-119E and RT-1523). The RDA is available with a vehicle or aircraft mountable case and can be customized with longer cable lengths and alternative operating systems.

    The RDA is self-contained with a latching USB cable that attaches to the PC. The weather sealed printed circuit board hosts a read only mass storage device to hold the necessary drivers and the other cable end has a military connector specific to the radio type. The RDA is compatible with several operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows 7, and Windows 7 x64.

    The Smartronix RDA is now compatible with PDA-184 software. The free PDA-184 software is government developed and government-owned by DISA. The software enables high-speed data transfer with an intuitive GUI. For details on how to obtain your copy of DISA's PDA-184 application, please contact the PDA-184 Program Office at disa.meade.ns.mbx.pda-184@mail.mil​​

    Function Details

    The RDA is a multi-function USB cable that provides the host computer operating system a method of connecting to a variety of military radios. The RDA has a built-in, read-only mass storage drive to hold its driver software, eliminating the need for users to carry separate CD-ROMs in the field. The RDA cable uses embedded software drivers that map radio interfaces to virtual ports in the host computer, assigning up to three serial data ports and enabling various operational modes: asynchronous data, synchronous data, asynchronous remote, and high performance waveform/point-to-point protocol (HPW/PPP).

    The RDA also provides a downstream USB port for radios with internal USB mass storage devices. For newer radios supporting Ethernet data, the RDA provides a 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet to USB bridge. This feature provides the added benefit of having its own MAC address, freeing up the existing LAN connection in the PC. All computer data passes through a single USB port.

    Benefits

    • Replaces several single function cables
    • Weighs less than 1lb with a streamlined design
    • Supports a broad range of radios
    • Connects to a PC via latching USB connector
    • Provides significant cost benefit
    • Reduces battery consumption

    SINCGARS

    The Smartronix RDA-SINCGARS is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Connections – Latching USB Type A on PC side and a standard 6 pin handset connector on radio side.

    Additionally the RDA-SINCGARS cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    148

    The Smartronix RDA-148 is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data
    • Asynchronous Remote

    Additionally the RDA-148 cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-148 replaces the following Thales OEM cables:

    Thales P/N Thales Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    3500396-501 Data Mode Cable Sync and Async data interface Sync 
    Async
    3500393-501 PC Programmer Function not currently compatible with RDA Remote

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Case – Available as Manpack or vehicle/aircraft mountable
    Connections – Latching USB Type A (PC) side and PRC-148 18 pin side data connector on radio side. The RDA-148 includes an integrated VOICE/DATA mode switch on its connector housing.

    The Smartronix RDA-148 can also be used as the data cable interface for the DISA PDA-184 software.

    210

    The Smartronix RDA-210 is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data

    Additionally the RDA-210 cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-210 replaces the following Rockwell Collins OEM cables:

    Rockwell Collins P/N Rockwell Collins Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    N/A J1 Data Connector Sync and Async data interface Sync 
    Async

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Case – Available as Manpack or vehicle/aircraft mountable
    Connections – Latching USB Type A (PC) side and a mil spec data connector (J1). The RDA-210 implements balanced transceivers allowing long cable runs.

    5D

    The Smartronix RDA-5D is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data
    • Asynchronous Remote

    Additionally the RDA-5D cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-5D replaces the following Raytheon OEM cables:

    Raytheon P/N Raytheon Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    423259-801 Reprogramming Cable Radio reprogramming interface Async
    423204-801 Remote/Data User Cable Radio remote control and async interface Remote
    423669-801 Sync Data Cable Sync data interface Sync

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Case – Available as Manpack or vehicle/aircraft mountable
    Connections – Latching USB Type A on PC side and a 37 pin military connector on the radio side

    The Smartronix RDA-5D can be used as the data cable interface for the DISA PDA-184 software.

    231

    The Smartronix RDA-231 is a multi-purpose USB device that enables modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data
    • Asynchronous Data
    • Asynchronous Remote
    • PDA-184

    Additionally the RDA-231 cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-231 replaces the following Raytheon OEM cables:

    Raytheon P/N Raytheon Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    N/A J1 Remote Control Remote control of radio Remote
    N/A J3 Data Sync and async data interface Sync 
    Async

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Connections – Latching USB Type A on PC side and a bifurcated ARC-231 radios side; mil spec data connector (J3) and mil spec remote control connector (J1)
    Case – Available as Manpack or vehicle/aircraft mountable
    Cable Length – Standard length or customizable to meet aircraft specific installations. The RDA-231 implements balanced transceivers allowing long cable runs.

    152

    The Smartronix RDA-152 is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data
    • Asynchronous Remote (Harris RPA)
    • High Performance Waveform (Harris WMT)
    • USB (RPA)

    Additionally the RDA-152 cable has a USB pass-through for loading radio mission plans and includes an embedded read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-152 replaces the following Harris OEM cables:

    Harris P/N Harris Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    12041-7110-A1 Data and Remote Control Remote control and synch (DTE) data interface Sync 
    Async 
    Remote
    12041-7220-A1 USB Programming Cable Access to radio USB for loading waveforms and mission plan data Radio USB located under My Computer
    12041-7180-A006 PPP Data Cable PPP and HPW data interface HPW

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Connections – Latching USB Type A (PC) PRC-152 32 pin side data connector on radio side

    The Smartronix RDA-152 can be used as the data cable interface for the DISA PDA-184 software.

    A single Smartronix, Inc. Radio Data Adapter (RDA) cable, RDA-152, would be an equivalent offering in terms of capability for both Cable Synchronous Side Connector: Harris P/N 12041-7110-A1 and Cable. PPP Data: Harris P/N 12041-7180-A006 as listed in Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) solicitation number F2VTJ51307AC01, TacSat Radio over Internet Protocol.

    One Smartronix RDA-152 cable will simultaneously do both functions, Synchronous and PPP Data, as well as that of a third cable: USB Programming Cable, Harris P/N 12041-7220-A1. Not only will you be reducing logistics needs by providing a single cable instead of two separate OEM cables, you will be offering additional capability for the same price!

    150

    The Smartronix RDA-150 is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data
    • Asynchronous Remote / PPP

    Additionally the RDA-150 cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-150 replaces the following Harris OEM cables:

    Harris P/N Harris Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    10535-0780-A006 Sync / Async Data Cable with DB-25 Connector Sync and async data interface Sync 
    Async
    10518-1694-A006 Data / Remote Control Y Cable Sync and async data interface and remote control Sync 
    Async 
    Remote
    10535-0775-A006 Async Data (PPP) Cable Async data interface Asynch

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Case - Available as Manpack or vehicle/aircraft mountable
    Connections – Latching USB Type A on PC side and PRC-150 37 pin data connector (J3) on radio side

    The Smartronix RDA-150 can be used as the data cable interface for the DISA PDA-184 software.

    117F

    The Smartronix RDA-117F is a multi-purpose USB device that enables the following modes of operation:

    • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
    • Asynchronous Data (IW)
    • Asynchronous Remote (Harris RPA)
    • High Performance Waveform (Harris WMT)

    Additionally the RDA-117F cable includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

    The Smartronix RDA-117F replaces the following Harris OEM cables:

    Harris P/N Harris Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
    15013-0710-A006 High-Performance Waveform (HPW) Cable PPP and HPW data interface HPW
    10535-0780-A006 Sync/Async Data Cable Sync/Async data interface Sync 
    Async
    10513-0730-A1/-A2 Data/Remote Control Cable Sync/Async data interface and remote control interface Synch 
    Asynch 
    Remote
    10513-0750-A006 Remote Control and Programming Cable Remote control and programming interface Remote

    Components – Cable and RDA driver software
    USB – 1.1 or 2.0
    Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
    Connections – Latching USB Type A (PC) PRC-117F 37 pin data connector (J3) on radio side

    The Smartronix RDA-117F can be used as the data cable interface for the DISA PDA-184 software.

    Models

      117G

      Smartronix RDA-117G is a multi-purpose USB cable that enables the following modes of operation:

      • Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
      • Asynchronous Data
      • Asynchronous Remote
      • High Performance Waveform (HPW) / Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
      • Ethernet (ANW2)
      • USB (RPA)

      The Smartronix USB to Ethernet Bridge enables a 10/100Mbs connection for use with the ANW2 waveform. This not only means less cabling is required but also alleviates the need to have an Ethernet port on the PC dedicated for the radio.

      Additionally the RDA-117G cable has a USB pass-through for loading radio mission plans and includes an embedded, read-only mass storage device to hold its driver software and installation instructions.

      The Smartronix RDA-117G replaces the following Harris OEM cables:

      Harris P/N Harris Cable Name Smartronix Function Smartronix Dedicated Port
      12043-0750-A006 USB Programming Cable Access to radio USB for loading waveforms and mission plan data Radio USB located under My Computer
      12043-2710-A006 PPP Data Cable PPP and HPW data interface HPW
      12043-2730-A006 Data and Remote Control Cable Remote control and synchronous (DTE) data interface Synch 
      Asynch 
      Remote
      12043-2760-A006 Ethernet Cable Ethernet data transfer for use with ANW2 waveform Smartronix USB to Ethernet Bridge

      Components – Cable and RDA driver software
      USB – 1.1 or 2.0
      Operating Systems Supported – Windows XP, Windows Vista (x86 & x64), Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
      Connections – Latching USB Type A on PC side and a bifurcated connector on the PRC-117G radios side; 32 pin red data connector (J3) and USB connector (J4).

      The Smartronix RDA-117G can also be used as the data cable interface for the DISA PDA-184 software.


      This system incorporates elements of the software developed by The MITRE Corporation on behalf of the U​​.S. Government.​​