White Papers

Techniques for Precise Interference Measurements in the Field, Correlating Microwave Measurements between Handheld and Benchtop Analyzers and more

October 15, 2014

Learn effective techniques for performing precise satellite ground station maintenance with this series of application notes. Uncover how to assure system performance with high confidence, obtain greater efficiency and consistency to maintain antenna subsystems, diagnose ground station faults and pinpoint performance issues quickly.

Also Available for Download:
• Precise Power Measurements
• Time Domain Measurements
• Cable and Antenna Test
• CAT and VNA Calibration Techniques

This White Paper brought to you by Keysight Technologies.

Challenges of Designing Multi-Channel, High-Speed Data Recording and Playback Systems

October 6, 2014

Data recording and playback systems provide valuable capabilities in ISR applications. The proliferation of sensors in defense & aerospace Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications has led to a tremendous amount of high-speed data that must be recorded and accessible for playback being produced.

This is especially true in the defense and aerospace industry. These sensors, such as radar, sonar, FLIR, RF tuners, MRI and cameras, use various high-speed I/O transport protocols to move this high-speed data. These protocols such as include Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), Serial FPDP (sFPDP) and 10 GbE move the data they have capture.

When developing their solution, designers must address their program’s unique performance and environmental requirements. In addition, other less obvious system characteristics, such as timing and channel synchronization, flexible storage options and data offloading, need to be considered.

Curtiss-Wright’s Multi-Channel, Synchronized Data Recording and Playback Systems address these challenges and provide the necessary capabilities to support today’s most demanding ISR applications.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Consolidate Line Replaceable Units (LRU) while considering strict Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints

October 6, 2014

Despite the current budget woes of defense departments, the demand continues for delivering more performance and improved functionality from rugged computers and communications subsystems. With the requirement for ever increasing semiconductor integration, more subsystem functionality is being squeezed into compact systems. Military vehicles are taking advantage by now combining what historically have been separate systems functions. This has fuelled demand for the consolidation of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) — packing more into a single box. Modern state-of-the-art equipment offers the DOD more than legacy products—one subsystem can now integrate the capabilities of multiple subsystems. To achieve these savings, rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) computing subsystems are purchased versus custom MIL-spec alternatives.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Flexible D2D Chassis Reduce Costs & Simplify Schedules

October 6, 2014

Because requirements change and designs evolve as a program moves from development to demonstration and, finally, deployment, programs typically pay, in full, for new chassis technology at each phase.  Now there is another option; Development to Deployment (D2D) Chassis are designed to be easily configured and reconfigured for the development phase, demonstration phase and deployment phase. They minimize both the overall program cost of chassis acquisition and total amount of hardware that has to be acquired.

In the white paper is a detailed description focusing on reuse and flexibility.  By reusing most of the chassis components for all phases, and only replacing or adding pieces as needed, overall program costs are sharply reduced.  Flexibility comes from fans and power supplies, that are swapped out to transition from Commercial to Mil Standard, and from removable top/bottom ‘hats’ that are added for cable routing after the development stage. 

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

ARM Processors Define a New Era for Defense & Aerospace Embedded Computing

October 6, 2014

Today’s complex Aerospace and Defense applications demand embedded computing systems that not only meet unique SWaP constraints but also satisfy cost limits imposed by program budgets.   Now a new processing option is available, driven by the exploding commercial market for mobile devices. The ARM architecture delivers performance that meets the needs of many applications, especially mission computing, while also offering the low cost, low power characteristics driven by the mobile market.

This white paper introduces Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) processor technology, which is based on 32-bit RISC (Reduction Instruction Set Computing) architecture, and compares the simplified nature of ARM-based processors with the complexity of Intel’s x86 processors.    The paper then discusses how ARM-based processors can be used in low power, SWaP optimized designs, with the added benefits of low cost, high data integrity and enhanced security technology.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Meeting the DO-160 Lightning Protection Standard

October 6, 2014

Learn about the industry standard that sets guidelines for lightning protection and the design practices that are used to comply with the standard.  This free white paper starts with an overview of Direct vs. Indirect Lightning Effects and then examines the Qualification Testing Guidelines for DO-160 Section 22.  DO-160 testing details are also discussed, including pin injection tests, cable bundle tests and the various waveforms that are used to apply current and voltage during a test.

The final section of the white paper addresses design considerations for electronic equipment that must comply with DO-160.  This includes enhancements for circuitry using ESD protected components, challenges posed by I/O interfaces and commonly used protection components.

The detailed information in this white paper provides a foundation for understanding the threats posed by lightning to airborne electronics and how a COTS integrated design can be enhanced to pass RTCA/DO-160 Section 22 qualification.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

New! High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

September 18, 2014

Recently updated, this handbook reviews the development of gigabit switched serial fabrics to enhance the VMEbus and PMC mezzanines; the role of FPGAs to implement this technology; and finally, how some of the latest VXS, XMC and VPX products can be used in high-speed data acquisition, recording and software radio systems.

This White Paper brought to you by Pentek.

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NVIDIA’s Tegra K1: A Game-Changer for Rugged Embedded Computing

August 25, 2014

Many applications that could have benefited from GPU technology were prevented from doing so by SWaP constraints. NVIDIA®’s Tegra® K1 changes that.

This White Paper brought to you by GE Intelligent Platforms.

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Optimizing Unmanned Vehicle Thermal Performance

August 13, 2014

Unmanned vehicles need a leap in efficiency for next-generation missions. See how ADLINK uses the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family to boost throughput up to 4x without increasing thermal budgets.

This White Paper brought to you by Intel.

The Benefits of Integrated Video Management

August 7, 2014

The most effective video management systems (VMS) for airborne law enforcement surveillance enable a platform’s crew members to control their video options – such as sensor inputs, screen configuration, underlay maps and video recording –directly from their touchscreen display. When a crew member’s display also serves as the VMS control center, complete control of surveillance video comes at the touch of a button. Read more by downloading our whitepaper today.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Fabric40™ OpenVPX™ Signal Integrity: Gen3 OpenVPX Backplanes Supporting 10.3 Gbaud Signaling Systems

August 7, 2014

Now that the industry is moving to Gen3 signaling, it is important to understand that this transition requires a significant increase in the level of SI tools, capability, expertise, and know-how to ensure successful design and implementation of your OpenVPX system. Driving this complexity is the fact that the MultiGig connector used in VPX systems was originally designed for 6.25 Gbaud signaling rates.

Signal Integrity performance is a cumulative performance issue. With the new >10 Gbaud Gen3 OpenVPX signaling rates, other parts of the signal path must be over-optimized to compensate for the VPX connectors that are in the signal path. Curtiss-Wright has done extensive research to develop highly optimized 10G compliant design techniques for attaining reliable and robust signal integrity performance with Gen3 OpenVPX systems. Our new Fabric40 family of products is designed to address these design challenges. Download the white paper to learn more.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Five Budget-Busting Cost Drivers that Threaten Sensor Processing System Design

August 7, 2014

Recent advances in open architecture standards and the rise in performance and inter-connectivity found in the latest generations of rugged COTS products have made designing very high performance, scalable embedded Sensor Processing systems for defense and aerospace applications much easier, cost-effective and flexible. However, experience has revealed a number of unique hurdles, each a potential threat to reaching their program’s goals, that designers of the complex High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems used for demanding sensor processing applications, need to fully understand. We have identified the five most common “traps” that can increase design risk, drive cost overruns and delay schedules. For each of these traps we have also identified the most effective mitigating solution. Download to read the entire whitepaper.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Fabric40™: An Introduction

August 7, 2014

This white paper is the first in a series about the benefits of using the latest 40 Gbps interconnects for use in Defense and Aerospace rugged deployed COTS systems. This series of white papers will describe aspects of designing with 40 Gbps interconnects, such as 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and QDR InfiniBand®. This series will also discuss Curtiss-Wright’s end-to-end family of 40 Gbps fabric-enabled products, organized under the Fabric40™ family, the latest addition to our FabricX™ Initiative , designed for use in ISR applications. Learn more by downloading the white paper.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

PMC-704 Video Capture & Input Capabilities

August 7, 2014

This paper discusses some key capabilities of Curtiss-Wright Control Defense Solution’s PMC-704 dual input/output video display controller. This rugged PMC (IEEE 1386.1) mezzanine module combines user flexibility and multi-input support. It reduces the integration time and complexity of graphics display solutions required for defense & aerospace platforms. The PMC-704 card features rich graphics and video capture and is designed for use in rugged applications including Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD), Heads Up Displays (HUD), avionics cockpit displays, command and control and digital moving maps. The PMC-704’s AMD (ATI) MOBILITY RADEON™ 9000 (M9) graphics processor unit (GPU) supports both legacy and current video interfaces, making it an ideal solution for both new designs and the retrofit of legacy ground, naval and avionics platforms. Read more by downloading the whitepaper today.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Smart Affordable Condition Based Maintenance Tools, Technology and Services

July 21, 2014

This paper examines the maintenance challenges facing DoD, the goals of the Condition Based Maintenance plus (CBM+) initiative, and the revolutionary potential of cloud-based predictive analytics for military maintenance applications.

This White Paper brought to you by GE Intelligent Platforms.

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Thinking Outside of the Box: Optimizing System Design With Embedded Expertise

July 8, 2014

Increasing technical requirements and tighter budgets provide challenges to integrators designing optimal system solutions for SWaP-constrained spaces. Dialoguing with highly knowledgeable COTS vendors early in the design process provides integrators with alternative systems engineering perspectives that result not only in better SWaP-optimized solutions, but reduced cost and schedule times.  As a leading COTS vendor, Curtiss-Wright is exposed to a myriad of design problems every day, and has unmatched expertise in properly addressing constraints and providing innovative approaches to any design issue. Allowing our COTS hardware experts to mitigate SWaP-constraints early on in the embedded system design process results in highly-optimized re-architected solutions, and eliminates cost, weight, and schedule penalties. Download our whitepaper today.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

COTS Recorder with 2TB Removable FIPS 140-2 Validated Storage

July 8, 2014

This whitepaper covers how Curtiss-Wright data recorders are used to capture critical data in deployed Defense & Aerospace applications. The recorded data, is extremely valuable, its value directly related to the cost of individual missions for that type of aircraft or vehicle and the length of flight or mission time. In addition to being valuable, the data is often sensitive and must be protected from unauthorized access both during and after the mission. Types of data recorders include Mission Recorders that are built into aircraft or mobile vehicles and Instrumentation Recorders that are used to capture data on test vehicles or subsystems. Once a mission is completed, this valuable and sensitive recorded data must be transported from the platform via removable, rugged storage units. Download this whitepaper to read more about Curtiss-Wright's COTS Recorder with 2TB Removable FIPS 140-2 Validated Storage.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Addressing Common COTS Misconceptions

July 8, 2014

While the COTS approach to rugged deployed system design for defense and aerospace applications is generally well understood and widely embraced, there remain some areas in which customers may harbor misconceptions about the ability of COTS products and vendors to satisfy certain technical or program management requirements. Some of these lingering misconceptions relate to Reliability & Environmental and Performance & Functionality aspects of COTS technology, as well as the ability of COTS vendors to provide the Program Management required to support the Statement of Work (SOW), and to address the challenge of Lead-Free Risk Reduction. For each of these misconceptions there are strong refutations, based on research, experience, and qualification that directly address and assuage the concerns of customers. Explore these common misconceptions and how they can be addressed by downloading the white paper.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Durability of COTS Modules in Tactical Fighter Environments

July 8, 2014

The ability of COTS electronic modules to meet the environmental requirements of tactical fighter jets has long been questioned, with one of the primary concerns being vibration survivability. As a result, much of the electronics has been packaged using custom or pseudo-custom form factors. With the move to more open systems architectures, there is an opportunity to re-evaluate COTS modules to see how rugged they can be. Most suppliers of rugged COTS modules offer several grades of ruggedness for their products, from lab-grade air-cooled versions to base rugged conduction-cooled versions to highly rugged modules with enhancements to meet extended durability requirements. Examples of these enhancements include connector changes for high vibration and BGA underfill materials for thermal cycling. Modules built to the new VPX standards (VITA 46, VITA 48 and VITA 65) offer several advantages for open systems architectures in tactical fighter jet environments. Download the white paper to learn more.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis-Wright Control Defense Solutions.

The Cure for the System Test & Qualification Headache: Pre-Qualified Systems Slash Design Risk, Lower Costs, and Speed Deployment

July 8, 2014

This white paper illustrates how previously qualified systems are ideal for use as the cornerstone of future development. With their inherently lower risk and cost-effectiveness, pre-qualified integrated systems enable system designers to deploy faster, with greatly reduced schedule risk. Typically, when a subsystem is designed from the ground up, the system integrator must submit the new subsystem to a rigorous regimen of testing, both environmental and architectural, to ensure the new design can perform optimally in the harsh defense and aerospace environments in which it’s intended to be deployed. Download white paper to read more.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

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