A new class of high-performance distributed computing subsystems meets the U.S. military’s goals for increasing the use of low-cost open-standards base commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics in military ground vehicles. The Packaged COTS (PCOTS) Systems from Curtiss-Wright Controls provide military system integrators with a Modular Open Standards Approach (MOSA)-compliant and scalable range of rugged systems designed to meet the open standards for the integration of C4ISR and related items of equipment on Army platforms.
The small, high-performance x86 computers are available in a range of packaged solutions from 150 in³ to 778 in³ in volume and from one to five processing modules. With an IEEE 802-based, high-capacity network infrastructure, they offer low latency, high-speed application-to-application data transfers.
The family features OpenVPX computer modules in a 3U form factor, but accommodates alternate 3U VPX modules to change system functionality (video processing, etc.) Users have the option of PCOTS Switch solutions in a variety of form factors including PMC, XMC, 3U OpenVPX, 6U OpenVPX, and stand-alone, platform-ready subsystems. The platform accommodates technology refresh with future 6U VPX Switch modules and supports DMA-controlled diagnostics utilities and tools. Computer and switch implementations leverage a patent-pending cooling method to optimize thermal path from card to vehicle cold plate or atmosphere.
Designed for reliable operation in harsh ground vehicle environments: