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Curtiss-Wright Brings Open-Architecture EW/RF Tuner Mission Computer

The Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a defense solutions section in Ashburn, VA., is bringing the MPMC-9323/EWS Silver Palm open-source technology COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) electronic warfare and RF tuner mission referred to a computer with the purpose of dealing with rising operational threats in ELINT, COMINT, and SIGINT applications.

To focus on the rising electronic warfare threats, system integrators look forward to introducing numerous RF channels, which supports the supercomputing-class processing in enough little and lightweight chassis to optimize the SWaP (size, weight, and power consumption) burden of the platform.

Curtiss-Wright is shaking hands with Silver Palm Technology LLC in Ijamsville, MD., to come up with an EW/RF tuner for the mission computer that should be compact and that can be used as an open architecture optimized for a low SWaP to reduce the overall cost of the ownership as well as lessen the risk associated with the program.

The proposed compact design for EW (electronic warfare) and some other RF and microwave devices can help in the release of EW hardware solutions to deal with the warfighter and improves the process of system integrators’ development.

The newly developed Silver Palm open-architecture has SP-8344 with 20MHz along with the Quad tuner of 6 GHz with a FPGA mezzanine module of Xilinx Kintex-7 XF07-523 developed by Curtiss-Wright referred to as Digital IF, and has a CHAMP-XD1 DSP, Xeon D-based engine of Intel, to offer a complete and uninterrupted data flow and allows the customers to focus on the application rather than the complex hardware architecture of integrated system.

This newly developed EW/RF tuner mission is then packaged in mission computing system that has OpenVPX MPMC-9323 with two-slot 3U developed by Curtiss-Wright. This small chassis has a total measurement of 10.5 by 5.9 by 7.7 inches and it weighs around 18 pounds. The packaging is designed to the increased need for thermal requirements.

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