Curtiss-Wright releases VPX3-152 SBC for avionics applications at Xponential 2017

DALLAS. Officials at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions released its newest member of the DO-254 DAL A safety certifiable COTS single board computers (SBC) family at this year's Xponential, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) conference in Dallas, Texas. The VPX3-152 is a rugged 3U OpenVPX board that features NXP's QorIQ T2080 multicore SOC.

For safety-certifiable SBC designs, this quad core AltiVec-equipped 64-bit Power Architecture SOC processor has support from a wide range of operating system vendors, including Green Hills Software, Lynx Software Technologies, SYSGO, and Wind River.

Engineers at Curtiss-Wright designed the 3U VPX VPX3-152 to support DO-254 DAL A safety certifiability for critical defense and aerospace avionics applications. Designed around the NXP T2080 SOC, the VPX3-152 takes advantage of the T2080’s features to reduce the chip count and complexity.

The new SBC combines the performance and advanced I/O capabilities of the T2080 with an I/O complement to deliver a processing solution for SWaP-constrained environments. Compared to the recently introduced T2080-based VPX3-133 SBC, the VPX3-152 provides system designers with additional onboard Ethernet support, including dual 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet interfaces and dual 1000BASE-KX ports.

Designed to RTCA/DO-254 from the start, the VPX3-152 provides system designers with a complete COTS hardware/software solution for their avionics systems. To speed and ease the safety certification process, an RTCA/DO-254 data artifact package is available for the SBC.

Software support for the VPX3-152 includes Curtiss-Wright’s U-Boot, Green Hills Software INTEGRITY-178 tuMP, Wind River VxWorks 653, and NXP SDK Linux.

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