Curtiss-Wright addresses the demands for increased data and signal processing performance, along with flexible interfaces for handling sensor I/O, through our full line of FPGA processor cards supporting Xilinx FPGA devices. These processor cards include mezzanine cards to 3U and 6U form factors in open standards architectures like VPX, OpenVPX, VME, XMC, and PMC. Curtiss-Wright supports the long lifecycle of defense and aerospace programs by offering backwards pin-compatibility to enable easier migration from generation to generation. Designed to fit the most rugged military applications, these COTS building blocks enable application stability and predictability. The FPGA products are qualified over full temperature range exercising all interfaces to enable rapid deployment of Curtiss-Wright FPGA cards in rugged air-cooled or conduction-cooled applications.

FPGA processor cards are typically used for front-end sensor processing. Therefore, they are usually tightly coupled with analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) or digital-to-analog converters (DACs). This can be done via FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMCs), monolithic ADC-DAC-FPGA modules or via high speed SERDES signals. FPGA modules also contain directly attached SDRAM for large data buffers or storage and SRAMs for low latency memory transactions. Using open standards and high speed backplane SERDES, Curtiss-Wright FPGA products work well with other Curtiss-Wright processor modules such as single-board computer cards, DSP modules, GPGPUs or switch modules.

Curtiss-Wright FPGA cards are supported by Linux and VxWorks Board Support Packages (BSPs) along with FPGA toolkits. These toolkit include IP cores for all the FPGA interfaces, full reference designs implementing the cores, simulation test benches with bus functional models (BFMs), along with timing and placement constraints, compile and simulation scripts and documentation.


3U FPGA Processors

Curtiss-Wright 3U VPX Xilinx Virtex-7, -6 or -5 FPGA-based processor cards meet the most demanding SWaP-constrained applications and include a wide complement of I/O functionality to balance the processing power of the FPGAs. More>

  • 3U OpenVPX/VPX form factor
  • Xilinx Virtex-7, -6 and -5 FPGA Processors
  • Some models also include Freescale Power Architecture Processors
  • Air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions

6U FPGA Processors

FPGAs have revolutionized the way DSP subsystems are configured. With a large number of gates, hardware multipliers and high-speed serial interfaces, FPGAs enable sophisiticated applications, including RADAR, signal intelligence and image processing. These applications More>

  • 6U OpenVPX, VPX and VPX-REDI form factor
  • Xilinx Virtex-7, 6 and 5 FPGA Processors
  • Some models include Freescale Power Architecture processors
  • Air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions

6U Wideband ADC/DAC FPGA Modules

Designed to meet the needs of challenging embedded high-performance Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare applications, Curtiss-Wright's wide-band ADC/DAC solutions are targeted specifically at wide-band, low latency applications. They couple the dense processing More>

  • Wide-band, low-latency ADC/DAC solutions
  • Powerful Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA
  • Industry leading sampling rates
  • Unmatched capability for SIGINT and EW


Curtiss-Wright COTS FPGA-based, user-programmable products include support for Xilinx Kintex-7, Virtex-6, Virtex-5 and Virtex-II Pro devices. FPGA-based mezzanine processor cards meet the most demanding SWaP-constrained applications in the small form factor of XMC or PMC. More>

  • FPGA-based mezzanine cards
  • Ideal for SWaP-constrained applications
  • Direct ADC/DAC, digital and fiber optic I/O

FPGA Toolkit & IP

Curtiss-Wright offers tools and source code for use with our Xilinx Virtex and Kintex-based FPGA products. More>

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-5, Virtex-6 and Virtex-7/Kintex-7 family of user-programmable FPGA products
  • IP Cores include Digital Down Conversion and serial FPDP

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