Curtiss-Wright Controls Announces New High Performance Rugged Dual-Channel XMC Graphics Controller

Nov. 16, 2012
ASHBURN, VA – November 14, 2012 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced the new XMC-715 graphics controller mezzanine card, a highly reliable display controller that redefines ease of use with unprecedented simplicity of design and software driver support. Based on the AMD Radeon™ E4690 Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), the XMC-715 boosts reliability while slashing complexity with an elegant minimal design that comprises the GPU, power supply circuitry and memory. Its dual independent graphics output channels support all popular video interfaces from PAL/NTSC interlaced analog formats to high resolution dual-link DVI. The rugged XMC (ANSI-VITA 42.3) card speeds and simplifies the integration of high performance graphics processing for demanding applications such as moving maps, mission computer displays, helmet mounted displays, and heads-up displays in deployed air, ground and base station platforms. Delivering maximum ease of use and integration, the new high performance display controller is ideal for use in SWaP-constrained defense and aerospace applications that demand high-performance, high reliability in a lightweight, low power, small form factor solution. “With the introduction of the XMC-715 graphics controller Curtiss-Wright reaffirms its commitment to being a single source for SBCs and compatible high-performance display controller hardware and software, which cuts both time-to-market and design risk,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. “The XMC is the industry’s first truly simple to integrate graphics display card with no additional run time licenses, and even better it’s designed to deliver maximum performance-per-watt over the full military temperature range.” Rugged, Highly Reliable Graphics The XMC-715, which is designed to deliver optimal performance over the full military operating temperature range, is the first rugged COTS graphics controller to eliminate the need for a Run Time License from a third-party, which results in lowered cost and logistical complexity. Adding to its simplicity, the card’s integrated video interfaces require no external transmitters or op-amps. Furthermore, the card is the Military COTS market’s first lead-free graphics card. For applications that demand safety certification, Curtiss-Wright offers DO-178B/C drivers and a DO-254 kit for the GPU. Curtiss-Wright also plans to announce a variant of the XMC-715, with support for next generation VITA-61 rugged XMC connectors for improved signal integrity and reliability. The XMC-715’s Radeon E4690 GPU is a multi-chip module with 512MB of dedicated video memory integrated directly to the GPU through a 128-bit DDR3 memory interface. It supports an 8-lane PCIe Gen 2.0 host interface and can automatically operate at 1-lane, 2-lanes, 4-lanes or 8-lanes depending upon the capabilities of the host board. The card’s high bandwidth support enables large amounts of video data to be transferred quickly supporting applications such as high resolution moving map displays. The module’s GPU also provides an on-chip Universal Video Decoder (UVD2) for decoding H.264, VC1 and MPEG2 streams. Complete System Solutions In addition to interoperability with Curtiss-Wright’s wide range of Intel® and Power® Architecture-based VME and VPX Single Board Computers, such as the VME-186, VPX6-187, VME-194, VPX6-1957, and VME-1905, the XMC-715 is graphics controller is also ideal for use in conjunction with our XMC-270 Video Frame Grabber module. The XMC-270 can capture multiple channels of video and when combined with the XMC-715 provides a high performance full bandwidth video capture and display solution such as a 360 degree situational awareness application. Software Support Software support for the XMC-715 includes graphic driver software for Windows or Linux on an Intel platform with AMD’s Catalyst graphics driver. The XMC-715 operates seamlessly with Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux (x86), Windows DirectX 10.1 and Windows OpenGL 3.3. For Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and Power Architecture driver support on Wind River VxWorks, Wind River VxWorks 653, Green Hills Software Integrity, Green Hills Software Integrity-178, DDCI DEOS and other operating environments Curtiss-Wright resells the Core Avionics and Industrial (CoreAVI) Radeon E4690 driver solutions and provides direct customer support. Drivers are available for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 1.3, and OpenGL SC 1.0. XMC-715 Features: AMD E4690 GPU with x8 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 interface 512 MB dedicated video SDRAM (128-bit DDR3) Dual independent video output channels Non-interlaced RGB HV (up to two channels) Single-link DVI (up to two channels) Dual-link DVI TV output supporting NTSC, PAL or HDTV CWCDS/CoreAVI drivers OpenGL 1.3, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL SC 1.0, EGL 1.4 Power® Architecture and Intel® SBCs VxWorks, VxWorks-653, Integrity, Integrity-178B, others AMD Catalyst drivers OpenGL 3.3, DirectX 10.1, AMD Stream Computing, Unified Video Decoder (H.264, VC-1 MPEG2) Intel® SBCs Windows® 7, Windows® XP, Linux® Low complexity, high reliability Exceptional power performance per watt Safety Certifiable drivers (up to DO-178C level A) Safety Certifiable kit for the E4690 GPU Available in air and conduction-cooled ruggedization levels Supported on Power® Architecture and Intel® Single Board Computers Lead Free Sales & Editorial Contacts For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email. [email protected]. Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail: [email protected] Price and Availability Production Conduction-Cooled Units will be available February 2013. Please contact the factory for information about pricing. About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense applications. CWCDS serves as a technology and integration partner to its customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions. Our unmatched capabilities and product breadth span from industry standard based COTS modules to complete electronic subsystems. The company’s modules and systems are currently deployed in a wide range of demanding defense & aerospace applications including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, and recording & storage solutions. Additionally, the company’s broad engineering capabilities combine systems, software, electrical, and mechanical design expertise with comprehensive program management and a broad range of life-cycle support services. About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit ### NOTE: All trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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