Posted by John McHale
CEDAR RAPIDS, 15 Jan. 2011. Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) selected Parvus Corp. in Salt Lake City to supply 53 DuraCOR 810 mission computer subsystems in support of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1 program.
JPALS Increment 1 provides the US Navy a secure, all-weather shipboard landing system. It will use global positioning system (GPS) technology and provide a survivable, day-night precision approach and landing capability for vessels afloat. Parvus' DuraCOR 810 subsystems will be implemented as part of Rockwell Collins datalink interface unit (DIU), which provides secure communications capability between the ship and aircraft.
The DuraCOR 810 subsystem provides a PC/104-based commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) computing platform that can meet stringent military requirements, including the harsh environments encountered under the JPALS program, Parvus officials say. In addition, the modularity of the DuraCOR 810 subsystem will allow Parvus to integrate Rockwell Collins' own proprietary field programmable gate array (FPGA) and interconnect boards, along with a DDC MIL-STD-1553 databus interface module to tailor mission I/O and communication capabilities specific to the JPALS system. Parvus designed the DuraCOR 810 as an expandable vehicle computing platform for similar MIL-STD vehicle and airborne environments -- with considerations for dust exposure, water immersion, EMI/EMC, corrosion resistance, power protection, and system mobility.
All units under contract shipped as of the end of 2010. No other financial details were disclosed.