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Curtiss-Wright unveils Silver Palm computer

6th August 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions has added MPMC-9323/EW system (EWS) Silver Palm to its family of open architecture COTS based EW/RF tuner mission computers, the company announced on 2 August.

Designed in collaboration with Silver Palm, the EW/RF tuner mission computer uses SWaP-optimised, COTS-based open architecture to lower the cost of ownership and reduce programme risk. The new EWS is seen as ideal for countering emerging battlefield threats in SIGINT, COMINT, and ELINT applications, according to the company.

The MPMC-9323/EWS Silver Palm integrates the Silver Palm Technologies’ SP-8344 20 MHz-6 GHz Quad Tuner with Digital IF, a Curtiss-Wright Xilinx Kintex-7 XF07-523 FPGA mezzanine module and an Intel Xeon D-based CHAMP-XD1 DSP engine, to provide end-to-end data flow.

The EW/RF tuner mission computer is packaged in Curtiss-Wright’s 2-slot 3U OpenVPX MPMC-9323 Mission Computing System. The rugged chassis, a SWaP-optimised solution - 10.5-inch x 5.9-inch x 7.7-inch volume and weight of 18lb – has been designed to meet the demanding thermal requirements.

The MPMC-9323 chassis’ PSU3-THOR power supply also provides system designers with two additional XMC sites that can be optionally configured to support gigabit ethernet ports (via an XMC-651 ethernet switch) or up to terabytes of data storage (via an XMC-554 SSD flash memory card).

The SP-8344 is a modular conduction-cooled 3U VPX quad tuner. It includes four 20 MHz to 6 GHz tuners and a four-channel IF digitiser and FPGA.

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