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Curtiss-Wright announced a new COTS single-board computer May 8, targeting the avionics designers attending AUVSI’s Xponential.

This SBC was especially suitable for Xponential because of the features that make it appropriate for avionics. The new VPX3-152 is a rugged 3U OpenVPX board which supports DO-254 DAL A safety certifiability for defense and avionics. [For more on Curtiss-Wright’s avionics modules, see Product Design & Development’s May/June 2017 print issue, out June 1.]

The VPX3-152 is designed around the NXP T2080 SOC, which makes safety certification smoother because of the reduced chip count and complexity. This also gives it the same I/O capabilities of the T2080 with additional Ethernet support, including additional dual 100BASE-KX ports. The quad core AltiVec-equipped 64-bit SOC processor works with a wide variety of operating system vendors, including Green Hills Software, Lynx Software Technologies, SYSGO, and Wind River.

A RTCA-DO-254 data artifact package is also available in order to smooth the process through design assurance for the complete COTS hardware/software solution. The compact 3U design also makes it suitable for SWaP-constrained applications and harsh environments.

“In the past, our embedded avionics customers were on their own, having to design complex safety certifiable single board computers and collect the myriad of data artifacts required by the DO-254 DAL A process,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager in the defense solutions division, in a statement. “Our family of safety certifiable modules, designed from the ground up for certifiability, makes life much easier for avionics system designers, eliminating program risk and speeding time to deployment. Even better, we offer the module’s complete data artifact package to support the certification effort.”

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