Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Div.

Module Adds Cybersecurity to Deployed VPX Systems

March 4, 2024
MPSoC modules make it possible to incorporate more processing power to already deployed electronic systems.

Modularity makes it possible to add functionality to working systems. The XMC-529 AMD Ultrascale+ multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC) XMC mezzanine card (see image above) from Curtiss-Wright Corp.’s Defense Solutions Div. is an add-on module. It enables rapid integration of cybersecurity technology into existing VPX, ATX, and VMEbus systems. The module can also increase a system’s computing power by adding field-programmable-gate-array (FPGA) functionality to a system’s baseboard capability.

Brian Perry, senior vice-president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions, explained how the company’s TrustedCOTS family of modules and related products can not only enhance system performance but also reduce cost. “Our XMC-529 and XMC-528 TrustedCOTS modules reduce the cost and time required to ensure trusted and secure high-performance computing in embedded MOSA-based electronic systems.”

He added, “The XMC-529, which has already been selected for use in a prime integrator’s program, enhances critical data and technology on deployed systems while eliminating the need to customize the target hardware to support proprietary cybersecurity technologies.” 

The VITA 42/61 plug-in modules avoid complete system redesigns using a trusted and secure framework. They have been installed into high-performance rack-mount servers and provide reliable and repeatable performance.

The XMC-529 module can be hosted on a wide range of VME and VPX system modules. It's optimized for use on Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 family of Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) 100-Gb processing engines, including single-board computers (SBCs). Those processing engines are powered by 13-generation “Raptor Lake” 14-core hybrid microprocessors from Intel Corp. 

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