Curtiss-Wright's OpenVPX rugged mission computer targets compute-intensive apps - Embedded.com

Curtiss-Wright’s OpenVPX rugged mission computer targets compute-intensive apps

Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully integrated, ITAR-free compact mission computer, the MPMC-9365 Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC). The compact, SWaP-optimized MPMC-9365  supports up to three Curtiss-Wright VPX3-1257  OpenVPX single board computers (SBCs) to deliver 400 GFLOPS of compute power. It can also be configured with up to two VPX3-530 VPX modules that deliver an aggregate performance rated at 10TMACS.

Each of the VPX3-530 module’s four onboard ADCs have a data capture rate of 4GS/s, while each of the four onboard DACs boasts an update rate of 5.6GS/s. To support high speed data transfers across its six available slots, the compact system supports Gen 2 PCIe and Ethernet switching. Based on cost-effective open architecture 3U VPX commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology, this flexible and rugged processing system is available pre-configured to speed system integration and reduce design risk. The fully integrated, rugged system enables system designers to rapidly and easily integrate intensive compute power into deployed military platforms. The SWaP-C optimized subsystem is designed for use in demanding SIGINT and Mission Computer applications on deployed rotor-wing and other airborne platforms.

Curtiss-Wright also offers customization services to tailor the MPMC-9365 to meet specific  requirements that can’t be addressed with a standard off-the-shelf configuration. In addition, services are offered for making MCOTS (modified COTS) design changes at the module level if necessary.

To ensure optimal performance under the harshest deployed conditions, circuit cards installed in the MPMC-9365’s system enclosure are isolated from external environmental conditions such as humidity, dust and sand. Cooling is accomplished by thermal transfer between the card edges of the system’s conduction-cooled 3U VPX cards and the side walls of the enclosure. Heat is removed from the system’s interior via an integral speed-controlled fan. EMI filters and gaskets are also employed to ensure system security and increased reliability.

For applications that require greater levels of compute performance, Curtiss-Wright offers cost-effective fully integrated systems based on its 7-slot 6U OpenVPX MPMC-9675 platform. Please contact the factory for more information.

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