Curtiss-Wright safety-certifiable 3U VPX avionics modules boast AMD GPU, CoreAVI software, long life

ASHBURN, Va. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Virginia, has expanded its portfolio of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products certifiable to safety standards DO-254 and DO-178C with two new, rugged 3U VPX high-performance graphics processor modules.

Nov 8th, 2016
Curtiss-Wright safety-certifiable 3U VPX avionics modules boast AMD GPU, CoreAVI software, long life
Curtiss-Wright safety-certifiable 3U VPX avionics modules boast AMD GPU, CoreAVI software, long life

ASHBURN, Va. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Virginia, has expanded its portfolio of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products certifiable to safety standards DO-254 and DO-178C with two new, rugged 3U VPX high-performance graphics processor modules.

VPX3-717 and VPX3-719 module hardware and software, based on AMD’s Radeon E8860 embedded graphics processing unit (GPU) and a suite of CoreAVI software drivers, are designed for long life and ensured availability for 15+ years.

The modules are optimized for small size, weight, power consumption, and cost (SWaP-C), are designed for use in safety-certifiable applications, and were developed to meet DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL A certification requirements.

DO-254 and DO-178C certification artifact kits, available from Curtiss-Wright, ease platform certification, speed time to market, and reduce the cost and risk of developing safety-certifiable electronics subsystems for commercial and military aviation platforms, company officials say.

“We are very excited to announce these new safety-certifiable rugged graphics cards,” says Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager, Defense Solutions division. “These SWaP-optimized 3U VPX graphics engines enable system designers to speed the design of DO-254/DO-178B safety-certifiable avionics systems, eliminating the high cost of custom solutions. Even better, they feature unmatched 15+ year availability for hardware and software, a true boon for long lifecycle aerospace and defense programs.”

The VPX3-719, for applications that require video capture and HD-SDI video interfaces, supports extremely low latency video capture, graphics generation and overlay, and display output conversion. The card’s Radeon GPU is supported with up to six independent and simultaneous graphics outputs selectable from 4x DVI, 2x HD-SDI, and 2x analog RGBHV, or STANAG interfaces.

The VPX3-719 provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of dedicated video memory, and a hardware-accelerated video compression encoder and decoder. It features built-in video capture and format conversion and provides two channels of video capture from HD-SDI, analog RGBHV, or STANAG sources. The video data is transferred directly to processor or GPU memory.

The VPX3-717, intended to provide system designers with a high level of architecture flexibility, features an on-module XMC mezzanine expansion site, which can be configured with a wide variety of XMC card types. The card can also be configured with a Power Architecture-, Intel-, or ARM-based processor XMC single-board computer (SBC) enabling single-slot graphics plus SBC solutions. I/O support includes six independent DVI outputs, two of which can be configured to support a dual-link DVI port for higher resolutions. One channel of analog RGBHV is also supported.

Graphics software API support includes OpenGL 1.2 and OpenGL ES 2.0 for embedded applications, and OpenGL SC 1.0.1 and OpenGL SC 2.0 designed for safety-critical and -certifiable applications. Codec support for MPEG2 and H.264 encode and decode functionality is also offered.

Software support for both graphics modules includes RTOS driver support for Power

Architecture, Intel, and ARM VPX and XMC processor modules. Operating environment support includes Linux, Wind River VxWorks, Green Hills Software INTEGRITY, Lynx Software Technologies LynxOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Curtiss-Wright Corp. delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense, and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide.

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