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.

Further Reading

Jeremy Banks, Product Marketing Manager wrote about Cooling the Beast: Heat-Dissipation Techniques for Next-Gen Processors in Military Embedded Systems Magazine.

Paul Bundick, South Eastern US District Manager, wrote about Configurable FPGAs: More Than a Point Solution in Military Embedded Systems Magazine.

Denis Smetana, Senior Product Manager discussed how FPGA-enabled trusted boot is part of building security into every aspect of trusted computing architectures in Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine.

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.

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