Curtiss-Wright Controls Introduces 2nd Generation Intel(r) Core(tm) processor family-based 3U OpenVPX(tm) Single Board Computer

New VPX3-1256 OpenVPX™ 3U Single Board Computer Features an Intel® Core™ i7 Quad-Core Processor

SAN DIEGO, CA – January 5, 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, and OpenVPX™ products for the rugged deployed aerospace and defense market, has introduced the VPX3-1256, its first rugged, high performance 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC) based on the new Intel® Core™ i7-next-generation quad-core processor. The VPX3-1256 is the newest member of CWCEC's next generation family of multi-core Intel® architecture based SBCs. It represents CWCEC's commitment to providing the broadest range of high performance SBCs designed to optimize the high bandwidth and increased interoperability delivered via compliance with industry standard OpenVPX architecture.

"The VPX3-1256 combines the most advanced Intel processor, the Intel® Core™ i7 next-generation quad-core processor, with the high-bandwidth small form factor advantages of the 3U OpenVPX board architecture," said Lynn Bamford, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. "With Intel's Embedded Computer Group's commitment to long life-cycle supply, this advanced low-power processing engine will drive a new generation of higher performance and power efficient compute intensive applications."

The VPX3-1256 is a full featured 3U OpenVPX SBC, designed for harsh-environment, air and conduction-cooled aerospace and defense applications. Each of the Core™ i7's four cores delivers 2.1GHz of performance, providing advanced Intel® Architecture processing in a lightweight, compact configuration ideal for size, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained applications. With a wide complement of on-board I/O, Gen2 PCIe fabric, SRIO and XMC expansion, the VPX3-1256 satisfies the most demanding fielded applications from unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, tactical aircraft, and armored vehicles to rugged naval systems.

Available in a full range of air- and conduction-cooled configurations, the rugged VPX3-1256 combines the significantly improved floating-point performance of the recently introduced Intel® Core™ i7 processor with the substantial bandwidth and system-enabling features of the 3U OpenVPX™ form factor. The board's quad-core processor features Intel's newest Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) floating-point instructions, and delivers unmatched performance. The VPX3-1256 is available with up to 8GB of high-bandwidth DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz) and comes with a rich complement of high-speed I/O, including dual Gigabit Ethernet, Gen2 PCIe or SRIO, four (4) USB 2.0 ports, and an XMC/PMC site supported with eight (8) lanes of PCI Express (PCIe).

The board's integral high-speed Gigabit Ethernet, PCI express (PCIe) Fabric and XMC/PMC mezzanine module connectivity enables high bandwidth data flows. Data can also flow from the VPX backplane to the XMC site to support demanding high bandwidth applications such as the acquisition, processing and distribution of video, radar, and sonar sensor data. The VPX3-1256 features high-bandwidth fabric to the backplane including SRIO or PCIe Gen2 to the P1 connector. This provides high-bandwidth connectivity between the VPX3-1256 and additional boards in a computing environment.

VPX3-1256 Performance Features:

· 3U VPX form factor

· Intel® Core™ i7-2715QE next-generation quad-core processor

- 2.1GHz

- Quad-core CPU

- 8MB L3 Cache

- Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) Floating-point

· Up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM


· TPM Support

· CWCEC Trusted COTS Enabled

· High performance XMC/PMC site

· Intel® Graphics:

- (2) DVI

· Additional I/O:

- (2) Gigabit Ethernet (SERDES option available)

- (1) AC97 Stereo Audio port

- (2) EIA-232

- (2) EIA-422

- (4) GPIO

- (4) USB

- (4) Serial ATA (SATA)

· Backplane Fabric:

- (2) 4x Serial RapidIO® (SRIO)

- (2) 4x PCI Express® (PCIe) Gen 2

· Ruggedized air-cooled and conduction-cooled

· Windows® XPe, Linux®, VxWorks®)

Extensive Software Support

The VPX3-1256 is supported with an extensive suite of software including support for Windows® XPe, Linux®, and VxWorks® operating environments.

The VPX3-1256 is the latest addition to CWCEC’s broad family of Intel® Architecture-based high density SBCs. It complements CWCEC’s wide range of Network Switches/Routers, Digital Signal Processors, Graphics and Communications and I/O products. For more information on the VPX3-1256, 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:

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:

Availability is Q2 2011.

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