Curtiss-Wright Controls Introduces New Low-Power, High Performance VPX3-1100 ATOMIC Highly Secure Computing Card

“Pocket-Sized Super Processor” SBC Brings Advanced Embedded Features to Rugged Small Form Factor

LEESBURG, VA – February 26, 2009 -- Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced a new low power, high performance, small factor VPX3-1100 ATOMIC board designed for rugged deployed aerospace and defense (A&D) applications that require highly secure computing. Based on the Intel® Atom™ processor, the card brings advanced multi-core processing, netcentric battlefield communications connectivity, graphics and next generation security options to a rugged, small form factor 3U VPX architecture ideal for space, weight and power (SWaP) constrained applications such as embedded security systems, R-MIDs (Rugged-Mobile Internet Devices), secure radios, manpacks, wearable electronics, vetronics, in-vehicle networking, telematics, situational awareness systems, graphics systems, embedded robotics, electronic vehicle health monitoring systems, and general purpose low power rugged or secure computing.

“The ultra-low power, highly integrated VPX3-1100 ATOMIC single board computer defines a whole new category of small form factor rugged COTS computing,” said Lynn Patterson , vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. “It’s essentially a pocket-sized super processor. This innovative card will take full advantage of the Intel® Atom™ processor to deliver a new breed of low power SBC that puts Curtiss-Wright Controls at the forefront of embedded highly secure computing.”

About the VPX3-1100 ATOMIC

The VPX3-1100 ATOMIC provides a 1.1GHz Intel® ATOM processor and up to 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM, 1GB NAND Flash, a BIOS Firmware Hub (FWH) and a Trusted Platform Module for trusted boot. The VPX3-1100 ATOMIC backplane input/output includes two (2) high performance PCI (x1) fabrics, 2x GbE interfaces, 2x RS232 Serial interfaces, 8x GPIO, 2x USB 2.0, VGA, Audio (Mic, L/R), and XMC I/O. Additional features include a Basecard user-programmable FPGA and Secure Computing Mezzanine card for advanced security and perimeter defense applications.

Designed for Secure Computing

Featuring Curtiss-Wright Controls’s patent-pending 2-Level Maintenance Secure Computing perimeter defense technology, the VPX3-1100 ATOMIC enables systems integrators to build secure rugged defense electronic systems for multiple applications that need to protect sensitive information, encryption keys, Intellectual Property (IP), or reverse engineering at the blade level.

VPX3-1100 ATOMIC Key Features:

* 3U VITA 46(VPX), VITA 48 (2LM) and CW 2LM-ATS Perimeter Defense Formats

- VITA 46 (L0 AC; L100 AC; L200 CC)

- VITA 48 (L300 CC)

- Curtiss Wright 2LM-ATS Perimeter Defense (L400 CC)

- Optional: Industrial Grade Chassis with MIL-STD 38999 connectors (aka. QuickStart Kit)

* Operating Systems/Software Drivers

- Windows XP/XPe

- Linux 2.6

- VxWorks 6.x

- (Customer Driven) WindRiver VxMILS; GreenHills INTEGRITY (EAL6+); LynuxWorks LynxSecure

- Optional: WiFi IEEE 802.11n a/b/g, Zigbee 802.15, GPS drivers (WindowsXPe, Linux, VxWorks)

* Memory

- FWH (for BIOS)


- 400/533 MHz memory controller


- 1GB NAND Flash


- Ultra low power, high performance integrated 3D Graphics

- 1 VGA interface

- Graphics expansion capability via XMC or PCIe backplane interfaces

* Audio

- HD-Audio codec

- Microphone, Audio-L, Audio-R

*CW Embedded Security

- 2LM-ATS ™ Perimeter Defense

- Secure Computing Mezzanine

- Trusted Boot/Secure Computing

- Default/User Programmable Security

- Default/User Enforced Penalty

- Default/User Monitoring Applications

* I/O Interfaces

- 2 x PCI Express (x1)

- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet

- 2 x USB

- 2 x RS232

- 8 x GPIO

- 1x VGA

- Audio (L/R, Mic)

- JTAG/ICE interface

* XMC site

- On-board I/O expansion capability

- All I/O to P2

- Optional Secure Multi-Functional Wireless XMC-660 card

-Wifi (IEEE 802.11n a/b/g)

-Zigbee (IEEE 802.15.4)

-GPS Module

-Crypto offload (AES, 3DES, MD5, SHA, IPSec, IKE)

* QuickStart Kit

- Includes an industrial grade chassis, MIL-STD-38999 connectors, VPX3-1100-C2400, RTM3-1100-A0000and associated cabling (check with Factory for details).

* Yearly Software Maintenance

* Industry leading technical and life-cycle management support

The VPX3-1100 ATOMIC is a low power, high performance Single Board Computer (SBC) and the latest addition to Curtiss-Wright Controls broad family of highly integrated Single Board Computers. It complements Curtiss-Wright Controls’ wide range of Network Switches/Routers, Digital Signal Processors, Graphics and Communications and IO products. For more information on the VPX3-1100 ATOMIC please visit

Editorial inquiries: 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.

Sales Inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail:

Volume pricing for the VPX3-1100 ATOMIC starts at $2,800. Availability is June, 2009.

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. For more information about Curtiss-Wright visit

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit

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