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Curtiss-Wright Dazzles with Slew of Rugged Avionics at Heli-Expo 2014

 - February 26, 2014, 7:15 PM

Curtiss-Wright, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C, is here at Heli-Expo 2014 with a wide range of products for application in many of the civil and military helicopters on display. These include an LCD mission display, ethernet switches, an IP router, mission computers, a video management system, a network file server, a digital mapping system, an air data computer module, a data acquisition system and a multi-purpose flight recorder. Curtiss Wright occupies Booth No. 805.

The Defense Solutions division of Curtiss-Wright announced at the show the introduction of a new Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch system, the Parvus DuraNet 20-10, which delivers double the port count of the division’s previous GbE switches and reduces power consumption by about 50 percent. It is also about 26 percent smaller than previous switches by volume.

The Parvus DuraNet 20-10 is a “stand-out addition to our broad portfolio of standalone, rugged, network switch subsystems and provides our customers with a new level of SWaP-C reduction for technology refresh and new platform designs,” said Lyn Bamford, senior v-p and general manager for the company’s defense solutions division.

Also announced by the division is the new Parvus SWI-22-10, a 20-port GbE Switch PCI/104-Express card. With twice the number of ports previously provided by earlier designs, this fully managed commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) GbE switch reduces slot count and adds advanced Layer 2 network management features. According to the company, it is ideal for use in rugged, manned and unmanned mobile, tactical, airborne and vehicle platforms.

“Our new SWI-22-10 delivers significant SWaP-C advantages for system designers that require a module-based network building block, or a fully integrated Parvus COTS small-form-factor subsystem to connect IP-enabled devices,” said Bamford.

Finally, the defense division announced the start of shipping to customers of its new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX graphics display card, which is the company’s highest performance, embedded graphics module. It is also the first graphics display card based on the next-generation AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 Adelaar GPU.

“This rugged, SWap-optimized board combines unmatched I/O and no-compromise graphics processing and delivers all the performance and features needed to quickly and cost-effectively integrate graphics display into airborne and ground platforms,” Bamford said.