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Family of rugged computers for Army combat vehicles using VICTORY architecture introduced by Curtiss-Wright



BALTIMORE, 9 Nov. 2011. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing in San Diego is introducing a family of 3U VPX rugged computers for Army combat vehicles seeking to use the Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) architecture. The harsh-environment embedded computing systems are to help the Army increase the use of low-cost open standards-based COTS electronics in military ground vehicles, Curtiss-Wright officials say.

Curtiss-Wright's family of Packaged COTS (PCOTS) systems for the VICTORY architecture are for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications on armored combat vehicles.

Curtiss-Wright's PCOTS System family employs a C4ISR infrastructure based on open standards. This computing and network infrastructure is scalable and qualified for stringent ground combat environments. Based on open standards, PCOTS use the x86 microprocessor architecture, and implement open standards such as OpenVPX, POSIX, Gigabit Ethernet, the Object Management Group Data Distribution Service, and the Service Availability Forum.

The Packaged COTS subsystems hardware is implemented as rugged chassis composed of industry-standard backplanes with computing and I/O modules. Curtiss-Wright made the announcement this week at the AFCEA MILCOM conference and trade show in Baltimore, which highlights technologies in military communications and embedded computing.

Features include small, high performance x86 computers; packages ranging in size from 150 to 778 cubic inches; one to five processing modules; IEEE 802-based network infrastructure; 3U OpenVPX form factor; optional 3U VPX modules for video processing; PMC, XMC, 3U OpenVPX, 6U OpenVPX, and stand-alone switches; technology refresh with future 6U VPX switch modules; DMA-controlled diagnostics; Low latency high-speed application-to-application data transfers.; and operation in temperatures from -40 to 40 degrees Celsius.

For more information contact Curtiss-Wright online at www.cwcembedded.com.

 

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