Curtiss-Wright Introduces Rugged XMC Single Board Computer

By Caroline Rees / 14 Mar 2014
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Curtiss Wright XMC-109Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division has introduced its first rugged XMC single board computer (SBC), the new XMC-109 XMC single board computer (SBC). The low-power (<18 Watts), compact SBC enables system designers to easily add processing and flexible I/O provided by a 1.2 GHz Freescale dual-core QorIQ™ P2020 onto host carriers with an available VITA 42 site. Offered in both air- and conduction-cooled configurations, this SBC is ideal for adding processing power, or supplementing existing processing capability with an independent processor mezzanine module on host carriers such as 3U/6U VPX, 6U VME, or 3U/6U CompactPCI (cPCI) platforms.

“When slot-count is at a premium, this small XMC mezzanine processor brings the power of Freescale’s QorIQ P2020 processor, with its dual 1.2 GHz cores and flexible I/O capabilities, to processing applications that require a low-power footprint,” said Lynn Bamford, Sr. VP/GM, Defense Solutions division.

The XMC-109 can be combined with a wide range of Curtiss-Wright products to create low power, small footprint solutions. For example, when added to the recently announced VPX3-716 3U VPX graphics module, the XMC-109 provides 6 heads of video output and a processor in a single slot. When extra processing power is required – but slots are limited – the XMC-109 can be simply added to any available XMC slot. When added to a 3U or dual-XMC site 6U VPX carrier card, such as Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-215, the XMC-109 can be combined with other mezzanine cards, such as a 1553 XMC-603 or a XMC FPGA module, to create a flexible single slot solution that eases future technology insertion performance upgrades.

The XMC-109 provides system designers with a broad range of I/O capabilities. Its standard I/O complement includes: 2 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interfaces on Pn6 9 (factory configurable to 2x 1000Bx); 2 asynchronous RS-232/RS-422 serial ports; 4 LVTTL discretes (each software configurable as input or output, with interrupt capability as input); 1 USB 2.0 port; 1 SATA 2.0 port; and Software Support

Software support for the XMC-109 includes Curtiss-Wright’s UBoot firmware, which provides a comprehensive suite of system debug, exerciser and update functions, built-in-test (BIT), and non-volatile memory sanitization functions. Operating environment support for the XMC-109 includes VxWorks and Linux.

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