Curtiss-Wright and ENSCO Avionics Announce Collaboration to Provide Pre-Validated HMI/Digital Mapping Solutions

July 9, 2014

EUROSATORY 2014 (BOOTH # HALL 6, STAND J 291), PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 16-20, 2014 – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new pre-validated Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Digital Mapping hardware and software solution. Curtiss-Wright has collaborated with IData Visual Systems®, a business group within ENSCO Avionics Inc., to provide support for the IData® Tool Suite and IData® Map Plug-in HMI and Digital Mapping tools on Curtiss-Wright’s XMC-715 graphics controller mezzanine card and VME-186 single board computer (SBC). The verified solution is provided under Curtiss-Wright’s System Ready Application (SRA) initiative. 

This new SRA expands the capability of Curtiss-Wright’s Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS)-based solutions for defense and aerospace system designers seeking reliable, cost-effective Digital Mapping and Situational Awareness Visualization on rugged deployed systems. The combined HMI/Digital Mapping SRA solution enables system integrators to quickly and cost-effectively develop and deploy HMI applications for use in safety-critical environments. Curtiss-Wright’s IData Visual Systems-enabled hardware is available both in SWaP-optimized slot modules for integration into open-standards chassis and in fully integrated standalone subsystems provided by partner companies.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with IData Visual Systems to offer system integrators a cost-effective, proven solution for HMI and Digital Mapping,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. “Our System Ready Application approach reduces design risk and cuts costs and time to market, helping to ensure the success of our customers’ system designs.”

“Getting an embedded system to provide optimum performance requires close collaboration between hardware and software components,” said Ray Niacaris, Director of the IData Visual Systems Business Unit of ENSCO Avionics. “By providing customers a proven bundle of hardware, BSP, RTOS, Graphics Drivers and HMI tools, our customers can focus on producing their application, rather than getting the various systems components to work together. A suite of graphical applications are tested on the selected Curtiss-Wright hardware assuring customers that the system components are optimized for graphics based HMI applications.”

Without adding cost, Curtiss-Wright’s pre-verified SRA solutions remove integration and interoperability design risk from the process of integrating new application functionality into embedded systems.  The availability of pre-qualified and validated SRAs, such as HMI, Digital Maps and Cross Domain Solutions, for use with specific Curtiss-Wright COTS modules significantly speeds the integration of new capabilities into embedded systems designed for demanding deployed applications including digital moving maps, situational awareness, and cockpit and vehicle displays, because test and verification have already been performed.

Complete System Solutions

The IData® HMI/Digital Mapping SRA is the latest of many applications to be offered by Curtiss-Wright to support customers in enhancing new and existing systems with essential features and capabilities. SRA solutions are offered across all Curtiss-Wright system architectures by combining our wide range of Intel® and Power® Architecture-based SBCs, such as the VME-183, VPX6-187, VME-194, VPX3-1257, and VME-1908, with our industry-leading XMC-715 and PMC-706 graphics controllers and all the software components required.  Curtiss-Wright’s wide range of hardware options, industry leading software support and wide range of chassis and integrated systems enables us to offer SRAs for integration into existing systems or packaged in a turnkey rugged deployable system.  

System Ready Application Advantages:

Complete hardware (from Curtiss-Wright) and software solution (from select SRA Partner) ready to integrate in to the system

Coordination between Curtiss-Wright and SRA software partner facilitated by Curtiss-Wright Sales team to ensure seamless integration process

Pre-tested and validated as an integrated solution

Minimizes design risk

Reduces cost and schedule

Solution level “Getting Started Guide” with demonstration software to get you running fast

About the IData Tool Suite:

The IData Tool Suite is a COTS software development toolkit for creating and deploying HMI applications in safety-critical environments. The tool set supports dynamic graphical data displays with innovative user interaction, live video, sensor data, and powerful geospatial information and situational awareness with complex 3-D content. IData offers unmatched advanced features for designing powerful HMI applications designed to run on target platforms. Using IData’s innovative technology, developers can create HMI applications for a countless number of end-user projects.

About the XMC-715 Graphics Controller

Curtiss-Wright’s XMC-715 graphics controller mezzanine card is one of a family of highly reliable, high performance display controller products that form part of the System Ready Application solutions offering. The XMC-715 provides the longest life cycle of any COTS graphics controller in the industry, ensuring that any application based on it will not need to be refreshed mid-way through the production phase.

Software Support

Software support for the HMI/Digital Mapping SRA includes real-time operating system (RTOS) driver support for Wind River® VxWorks®, Wind River® VxWorks® 653, Green Hills® Software INTEGRITY™, Green Hills® Software INTEGRITY™-178, and DDC-I DEOS™. For information on other supported operating environments please contact the factory.  

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is partnered with Core Avionics and Industrial (CoreAVI) to directly provide Radeon E4690 driver solutions and provides direct customer support.  Graphics drivers are available for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 1.3, and OpenGL SC 1.0.


The OpenGL® SC driver is FAA DO-178C / ED-12C certifiable up to Design Assurance Level (DAL) A.  The XMC-715 is FAA DO-254 / ED-80 certifiable up to DAL C. The IData Runtime is FAA DO-178B/C / ED-12B/C certifiable up to DAL A.

Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Kavita Williams, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, Tel: (661) 705-1142; Fax: (661) 705-1206; email: [email protected].

For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, please visit

About Ensco Avionics, Inc.

For more than two decades, ENSCO has been a prominent avionics development partner, enabling the advancement of today’s sophisticated airborne systems. Today, ENSCO Avionics, a wholly owned subsidiary of ENSCO, Inc., and based in Endicott, N.Y., is a premier provider of safety- and mission-critical software and programmable hardware engineering and vision systems solutions featuring IData Visual Systems products.  Our avionics and aerospace industry focus includes DO-178B/C, DO-178C, DO-254, DO-278A, SEAL and military standards.  For more information visit ENSCO Avionics IData Visual Systems at Tel: (909) 593-2055; fax: (909) 593-6211; e-mail: [email protected].

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.  For more information, visit

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