Curtiss-Wright Controls’ New Ultra Compact, Low-Cost Rugged Multi-Platform Mission Computer System Targets Vetronics and

Jan. 15, 2013

New MPMC-9105 Versatile Mission Computer (VMC) combines latest generation Intel® Core™i7 (Ivy Bridge) and extensive I/O Connectivity for rugged environments

HIGH WYCOMBE, UK August 15, 2012 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced the newest member of its family of fully integrated Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC) subsystems. The new MPMC-9105 VMC (Versatile Mission Computer) is an ultra compact, volume optimized system designed for space, weight and power (SWaP)-constrained vetronics and avionics applications. This COTS subsystem features a compact and lightweight small form factor ideal for use on platforms such as UAVs, helicopters and ground vehicles. This highly rugged subsystem is especially well suited for platforms requiring general processing with deep and diverse IO requirements including video. It eases and speeds the integration of cost-effective high performance Intel®-based networked computing into defense, aerospace and law enforcement platforms, from benign laboratory to rugged deployed environments.

Packaged in an environmentally sealed enclosure, this low-profile (W: 278 mm x D: 230 mm x H: 85 mm) and lightweight (6.5Kg fully configured with two XMC mezzanine modules and four SSDs) mission computer is designed to meet challenging thermal management and intensive processing and I/O requirements ranging from low power systems to high-performance computing solutions.

“Our MPMC family of fully integrated rugged mission computers lets system designers quickly add cost-effective leading edge processing and I/O functionality into space and weight limited platforms,” said Lynn Bamford, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. “The new MPMC-9105 VMC is one of our most compact and lightweight MPMCs yet. Sealed to protect against contamination and humidity, cooled without fans and powered with Intel’s latest Core® i7™ processor, this I/O-rich system is field proven to quickly add reliable high performance computing to any platform.”

Built to Withstand Harsh Environments

The MPMC-9105 VMC is designed to meet the harsh environments of demanding defense and aerospace computing applications in a multitude of conditions including extreme temperatures, shock, vibration and EMI. To ensure the highest level of performance, the MPMC-9105 VMC meets or surpasses the MIL-STD-810F Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests, and for EMI as per MIL-STD-461 Requirements for the Control of EMI Characteristics of Subsystems. Delivering the optimal performance under rugged conditions, the MPMC-9105 VMC will meet a wide range of environmental tests including temperature, altitude, shock, vibration, fluid susceptibility, voltage spikes, and electrostatic discharge. The circuit cards installed in the sealed compact chassis are completely isolated from external environmental conditions such as humidity, dust and sand.

MPMC-9105 Features (base set):

  • Third Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor:
    • Quad Core 2.1GHz
    • Dual Core 1.7GHz
  • Up to 16GB DDR3 with ECC
  • 8 GB Flash Storage
  • Up to four (4) Solid State Drives (SSD) for data storage
  • Extensive and Flexible I/O:
    • Dual XMC sites PCIe x8
    • Optional support for two MilCAN-A interfaces with protocol offload
    • Optional support for dual MIL-STD-1553
    • Optional support for 16 x ARINC-429
    • 4 x 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
    • 12 x  Async channels: RS232, RS422
    • Video output options: Dual DVI, VGA, PAL, NTSC, RS170
    • GPIO, USB
  • 45-150 Watts Typ. Power
  • 28 VDC input per DEF-STAN 61-5 Part 6 Issue 6,MIL-STD-704, MIL-STD-1275
  • ITAR-free
  • Support for Linux and Windows 7

Advanced Cooling for High Reliable Operation

Designed with advanced packaging techniques to ensure optimal performance in harsh military environments, the MPMC-9105 VMC operates in external temperatures up to 71°C. Optimal system cooling is ensured via direct thermal transfer between devices and the system enclosure. Heat is dissipated via the enclosure’s external fins and conduction through the base. Variants are available without fins for purely conduction-cooled applications. To maximize reliability, the system’s advanced thermal management design enables system integrators to implement a highly capable processing system that requires no fans, vehicle supplied air, liquid or other demands from the platform within which it is deployed.

Custom Variations Available

The MPMC-9105 VMC can be ordered as a modified commercial off the shelf (MCOTS) product with a modified front panel connector set or a modified expansion card set to meet particular needs. Contact your local Curtiss-Wright representative for more information on how these system configurations can meet your program requirements.

The Integrated System Advantage

As a fully integrated off-the-shelf compute solution, the MPMC-9105 VMC can greatly reduce up-front development costs. It delivers economies of scale in production that reduce recurring costs while meeting the I/O, performance and environmental requirements of unique, demanding military programs. It features a rugged enclosure designed to the meet military specifications. This rugged computing system is designed to fill multiple roles in air and land vehicles. 

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Rugged Embedded Systems

As an independent design and manufacturing facility, the CWCDS Rugged Embedded Systems group provides its UK and European customers with ITAR-free designs. The Rugged Embedded Systems group in High Wycombe, UK mirrors the resources and capabilities of the CWCDS Integrated Systems team located in its Santa Clarita, CA, to provide the equivalent level of systems integration and support.

Rugged Embedded Systems products are designed using Curtiss-Wright Controls and third-party components, including hardware, software and HDL. The resulting fully integrated systems promote design re-use and minimize customer NRE for future designs. CWCDS’s UK/Europe-based Rugged Embedded Systems group provides comprehensive subsystems design services, including the co-ordination of custom enclosure development, board level design and customer support. All aspects of subsystem integration are overseen, including program management, supply chain management, and life cycle management.

Rugged Embedded Systems products leverage COTS board content. These advanced processor modules are tested and proven for interoperability in a myriad of hardened military application environments. Because they are based on existing COTS components, and re-use designs when possible, Rugged Embedded Systems products are economically priced and provide a stable and solid platform for building faster-to-market applications.

Additionally, the Rugged Embedded Systems strategy greatly simplifies a customer’s supply-chain requirements. That’s because a Rugged Embedded Systems product has only a single part number to track, rather than a list of numbers, from a variety of suppliers, for all the disparate components (boards, cables, chassis, etc.) that comprise the product.

Pricing for the MPMC-9105 starts at less than $10,000 in quantity. For availability and additional information, please contact the factory.

Click here for more information on the MPMC-9105 Integrated System for Vetronics and Avionics Applications.

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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




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