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Curtiss-Wright Release FPGA-based VME Interface Aimed at Combating Obsolescence

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 18, 2016
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FPGA-based Helix PCI Express to VME64x Interface
FPGA-based Helix PCI Express to VME64x Interface. Photo: Curtiss-Wright

[Avionics Today 03-18-2016] Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has introduced a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based Helix PCI Express to VME64x Interface that aims to mitigate customer and system integrators concerns about obsolescence in the future and enables them to continue support and supply VME systems as long as required by their programs. The Helix addresses the gap created when the popular Tsi148 (Tempe) VME interface device end of life was recently announced. As VME continues to play a significant role in the rugged embedded system market, the Helix bridge allows VME systems to continue to be viable, with support for the long lifecycles typical of defense and aerospace programs.

Curtiss-Wright will use Helix on all new VME module designs, such as the soon to be announced SVME/DMV-196 Power Architecture Single Board Computer (SBC). Helix is also being used to update the design of select current flagship VME SBC products, such as the NXP Power Architecture-based VME-194 and Intel fourth generation Corei7-based VME-1908 SBCs.

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