Rugged embedded computer to speed design of SDR/ EW systems introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing a pre-integrated rugged embedded computer to help lower costs, speed development, and reduce risks for deployed software-defined radio (SDR) and electronic warfare (EW) applications.

By Mil & Aero staff
By Mil & Aero staff

ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing a pre-integrated ruggedembedded computer to help lower costs, speed development, and reduce risks for deployed software-defined radio (SDR) and electronic warfare (EW) applications.

Curtiss-Wright’s SDR and EW base system combines GigaHertz sampling data rates and FPGA-based processing. The 3U OpenVPX-based mission processing architecture has four Curtiss-Wright VPX3-530 A/D and D/A converter transceiver modules, an XCLK1 clock synchronizer, and a 28-volt DC PSU3-THOR power supply.

It also provides a choice of VPX3-1257, VPX3-1258 or VPX3-1259 Intel-based single-board computer. The SDR/EW base system supports high-capacity removable storage via a rugged removable memory cartridge (RMC) that supports as much as two terabytes of SSD SATA memory.

The system delivers 16 analog 12-bit input channels of two gigasamples per second, and eight 14-bit output channels of more than 2.8 gigasamples per second for interfacing to the customer-supplied tuner.

Weighing about 20 pounds, the SDR/EW system comes in an MPMC-9354 rugged mission computer chassis with embedded thermal management system that cools as much as 485 Watts of power at 71 degrees Celsius at sea level via forced convection cooling.

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The system is qualified to MIL-STD-704F, MIL-STD-810, and MIL-STD-461, and enables designers to select their RF tuners and software applications.

Curtiss-Wright will introduce other rugged embedded computing systems for additional application-specific solutions at a later date. Through the use of integrated and tested COTS modules, these base systems are architected, pre-qualified, and pre-verified to address the needs of SDR, EW, and other specific mission requirements.

By providing a pre-configured base solution, these systems can deliver a significant head start to reduce the integrator’s development cycle and costs.

Using one of Curtiss-Wright’s pre-integrated hardware solution sets as a starting point, a system integrator can customize the base system with application-specific software and expand the base system with additional components.

For more information contact Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions online at www.curtisswrightds.com.

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