Innovative 3U VPX ARM-Based Single Board Computer Offered for Cost-Free Evaluation by Curtiss-Wright

Dec. 18, 2014

ASHBURN, Va. – December 16, 2014 – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division is offering its new cutting-edge ARM®-based COTS VPX3-1701 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) for evaluation at no-cost to select, qualified system developers. Purpose-built for size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained defense and aerospace applications, the VPX3-1701 is the industry’s first VPX COTS processing module to combine the excellent compute performance and low power advantages of the ARM architecture. Featuring Freescale™’s QorIQ™ LayerScape LS1020A processor operating at 1.0 GHz with highly integrated dual ARM Cortex-A7 processors, this cost-effective small form factor SBC is rated at less than 15W maximum power dissipation. The VPX3-1701 leads the way as Curtiss-Wright’s most affordable and best performance/watt SBC. It also provides uncompromising full-featured connectivity and I/O options. Even better, the VPX3-1701 delivers the benefits of ARM technology to system designers today. This speeds the development of ARM-based system solutions while providing a path to technology insertion for Curtiss-Wright’s forthcoming higher performance, pin compatible ARM SBCs as they become available.

“System designers will be delighted by the performance and low-power benefits that ARM-based processing brings to rugged COTS computing,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Our 3U VPX VPX3-1701 single board computer delivers an unprecedented combination of affordability and performance-per-watt to deployed systems.”

About the VPX3-1701

The VPX3-1701’s outstanding processing capabilities are ideal for managing data from high speed I/O interface cards such as the Curtiss-Wright XF07 and VPX3-530 modules. When paired with Curtiss-Wright’s XMC-715 graphics module, the VPX3-1701 provides an industry-leading graphics solution in a compact, low powered footprint. For demanding C4ISR applications such as video, radar and sonar data processing, the VPX3-1701 is ideal for handing the acquisition, processing and distribution of sensor data. Its integral high speed backplane and XMC connectivity enables multi-GB/s data flows both from board-to-board via the backplane interface and from the backplane to its on-board XMC site.

Compact and lightweight, the VPX-1701 is also ideal for technology refresh applications. Its small form factor provides similar I/O interfaces and pin-compatibility with a range of popular Curtiss-Wright 3U VPX SBCs, including the Power Architecture®-based VPX3-131 and VPX3-133 and the Intel®-based VPX3-1257.  For customers looking to upgrade to VPX from legacy CompactPCI® (cPCI)-based systems, the VPX3-1701 delivers contemporary compute bandwidth and I/O performance for similar cost and power requirements. 

The evaluation VPX3-1701 ships with a Linux Board Support Package (BSP).  There are also options for supporting Sysgo’s PikeOS™ and Wind River®’s VxWorks® operating systems.

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

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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