SAN FRANCISCO--Taking open systems and commercial-off-the-shelf
(COTS) concepts to a new level, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense
Solutions Thursday (Sept. 20) announced a new, compact system
designed to simplify technology architectures and reduce clutter in
military ground vehicles.
"Today, vehicles may have five systems each with GPS--data, time
position orientation and speed--each with own antenna," said David
Jedynak, manager of advanced solutions for CWCDS (Ashburn, Va.). "That's a lot of logistics and maintenance nightmares."
The Digital Beachhead system combines a 16-port gigabit ethernet
network switch--backward compatible to 10/100 Mbit/s--with a high
performance, power-efficient vehicle management computer, according
to CWCDS. It leverages ARM processors for the automotive space
and commercial networking silicon for networking and telecoms market
as part of the COTS philosophy, said Aaron Frank, product marketing
manager for networking switching and routing products.
Four core pillars support the system, Frank said.
16-port Ethernet Network Switch
Supports 16 ports of tri-speed 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet
Offers IEEE-1588 / PTP Precision Time Protocol for network
is compliant with VICTORY / GVA dual-port 38999 rugged
VICTORY-compliant network services
Supports VICTORY Data Bus Shared Services, Access Controls,
and Management Services
Supports VICTORY Automotive System Bus interfaces
Built-in Inertial Measurement Unit and optional internal GPS
Vehicle Management Computer
Accesses common vehicle interfaces (CANbus, analog and
digital I/O, camera, audio, etc.)
Interfaces with HUMS logistic services, such as CBM+/CLOE
Local user interface via VGA/DVI and USB keyboard/mouse
ARM Dual-Core Automotive Processor
Extremely small footprint: 10” x 7” x 3” size, combined with
30 watt max. power consumption, with <20 watt typical
MIL-STD-1275 compliant 28VDC power with optional Nuclear
Event Detector (NED)
MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 environmental qualifications
The system, costing under $5,000 in volume, is expected to ship near
the end of the fourth quarter for U.S. Army vehicles and will be
introduced for the U.K.’s Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) and
other similar initiatives world-wide later, Frank said.
"At this price point the Digital Beachhead is a cost-effective
solution that will bring digital backbones into every vehicle in the
fleet," he added.
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