MIL-STD-1553 supports a range of products. These products include test and embedded cards for plug-and-play use, components for custom built boards, accessories to easily connect and integrate MIL-STD-1553 into a system, and software to support and enhance MIL-STD-1553 use.
MIL-STD-1553 is available in two categories, Boards and Components. Both support the basic functions of MIL-STD-1553, but the selection between these two categories is a matter of design, need, and preference.
In addition to the many forms of hardware, MIL-STD-1553 has just as many forms of software. Some software provides the framework for developing drivers and applications for the hardware, which is usually included. Other additional software is available for specific function related to MIL-STD-1553, such as testing, analyzing, simulating, and supporting.