Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division is offering an 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 is designedl 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 a graphics solution in a compact, low powered footprint. For demanding C4ISR applications such as video, radar and sonar data processing, the VPX3-1701 is well-suited for handling 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 designed 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.