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Curtiss-Wright Controls Introduces New Family of 3U CompactPCI Rugged Multi-Platform Mission Computer Sub-Systems

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

Fully Integrated/Qualified MPMC-9320-x Family of 3U Subsystems Operates in 55°C Temperature with Natural Convection Cooling

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 3, 2011 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, OpenVPX™, VXS and CompactPCI products for the rugged deployed defense and aerospace market, has introduced a new family of compact, natural convection-cooled rugged ½ ATR-style 3U CompactPCI systems, the MPMC-9320-x family of Multi-Platform Mission Computer. Developed by CWCEC’s Embedded Systems group in San Diego, CA, the MPMC-9320 features a built-in power supply and can be configured with either a DCP-124P SBC PowerPC™ 7448 or an Intel DCP-1201P SBC. The standard MPMC-9320 system configuration (MPMC-9320-0001) is equipped with an integrated 28 VDC power supply unit, one DCP-124P SBC, three SPMC Serial PMC cards, and one NAII 75C2 DIO card.

The MPMC-9320 provides the highest functional density available in a small package. As a natural convection cooled system, the MPMC-9320 is designed for reliable operation in harsh environments without the need for base plate or forced air cooling. Packaged in an ultra compact 3U cPCI form factor and equipped with reliable PowerPC processing, the MPMC-9320 has all the elements required of modern mission computers in space constrained applications. Optimal system cooling is ensured via thermal transfer between card edges of its conduction cooled 3U cPCI cards and the side walls of the system enclosure. EMI filters and gaskets are employed for system security and increased reliability.

The MPMC-9320 uses advanced packaging techniques to provide advanced processing power in a rugged enclosure that measures a compact 600 cubic inches yet is able to operate and survive external air temperatures of 55°C using only natural convection. This enables system designers to implement and deploy a highly capable processing system without the need for fans, coldplates, vehicle-supplied air, liquid or other demands from the vehicle. This rugged Packaged COTS (PCOTS) system can be readily configured to meet the needs of the full range of military or aerospace requirements, from benign laboratory to harsh deployed ground vehicle environments, simplifying and speeding the development and deployment of critical applications.

The PCOTS Advantage

The MPMC-9320 can greatly reduce up-front development costs. As a PCOTS system it delivers economies of scale in production that reduce recurring costs while meeting the I/O, performance and environmental requirements of unique, demanding military programs. It features a rugged enclosure designed to the meet military specifications including MIL-STD-810 for environmental conditions, MIL-STD-461 for EMI, and MIL-STD-704 for power. This rugged computing system is designed to fill multiple roles in air and land vehicles.

“Our customers are looking for performance and flexibility in system designs,” said Lynn Bamford, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. “Our packaged COTS rugged systems deliver tried and tested Curtiss-Wright COTS advanced single board computers and I/O options in field-ready and affordable configurations that lower risk for the most demanding environments and applications.”

MPMC-9320 System Key Features:

· 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) backplane

· Natural convection cooling

· Volume optimized

- 9.1” x 5.0” x 5.1”

- 14.5 lbs (fully populated)

· Standard Configuration

- (1) DCP-124P SBC PowerPC™ 7448 or Intel DCP-1201P SBC

· Flexible Integration Options (Various configurations support different options):

- (1), (2) or (8) GbE

- (1) 100BaseT Ethernet

- (1) to (3) USB

- (1) SATA

- (1), (2) or (3) RS-232

- (2) DVI

- (1) Video in

- (2) or (12) RS-422

- (2), (16) or (18) TTL I/O

- (16) Discrete

- (2) TMDS (DVI) out

- (1) RGB component out

- (1) RGB component in

- (2) CANBus

- (1) DDC 12C Bus

- (2) UBIC

- (2) LVDIO

- (10) 10V A/D

- (10) 4-25mA A/D

- (1) Fiber GbE

- (10) Microphone Sensor Nodes

· Power Supply

- 28 VDC input

- MIL-STD-704 compliant

Fully developed configurations are currently shipping.

For pricing information, please contact the factory.

For more information on the MPMC-9320, go to

For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email.

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About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is the industry’s most comprehensive and experienced single source for embedded solutions, ranging from Processing, Subsystems, Data Communication, DSP, and Video & Graphics to the most advanced board level components and fully integrated custom systems. The Embedded Computing group serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc.

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