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August 15, 2020

Published in Shephard
By Gerrard Cowan

As EO/IR sensors grow more sensitive and advanced, so mission computers must evolve to cope with the ever-increasing amount of data being produced. This brings challenges in several areas and has required a number of adaptations, according to Curtiss-Wright.

The company manufactures single-board computers that are used in a range of EO/IR applications: for example, as part of the electronics unit, processing graphics and sending imagery down the network to provide pilots with visibility.

A major focus of recent years has been working with the customer base to support legacy form factors in computing for as long as possible, said Mark Grovak, director, avionics business development at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

While the industry in general has been moving to the more modern VPX form factor for mission computers, many customers still rely on legacy, VME-based systems. As it is not always practicable for operators to upgrade their entire computer systems when they only need to add more processing capability, Curtiss-Wright has continued to produce new systems based on this older form factor, he added.

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