Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division has introduced the first member of its new family of rugged ARM-based COTS processing modules, the VPX3-1701, a 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) based on a CPU that features dual 1 GHz ARM processors. This cost-effective, low-power, small form factor SBC is rated at less than 15W maximum power dissipation. Curtiss-Wright claims that its ARM-based SBCs are the industry's first VPX architecture processing modules to harness the affordability and low power advantages of the ARM architecture. They offer high performance-per-Watt without compromising full-featured connectivity and I/O options.
The VPX3-1701's integral high-speed backplane and XMC connectivity enable multi-GB/s data flows from board-to-board through the backplane interface and from the backplane to its on-board XMC site to support the acquisition, processing, and distribution of sensor data for demanding C4ISR applications such as video, radar, and sonar data processing.
The compact, lightweight VPX-1701 is ideal for technology refresh applications. For example, for customers looking to upgrade to VPX from their legacy CompactPCI (cPCI) based system architectures the VPX3-1701 delivers contemporary compute bandwidth and I/O performance for similar cost and power