SOURCE: Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems

October 06, 2011 15:16 ET

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems Introduces New Rugged Power and Control Module

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading system integrator of rugged deployed integrated electronics for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets, has announced a new rugged Power and Control Module (PCM) board that provides high level control and bridging to a system host via Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232 and CANbus. This rugged intelligent system monitor board's onboard software and logic can easily be programmed to autonomously manage a computing enclosure or platform. The PCM can also serve as a PMBus chassis management system to control fan controller boards (FCBs) and intelligent power supplies. This richly featured module speeds and simplifies the integration of system monitor software and hardware communications into rugged, embedded electronics systems. Available for both conduction-cooled and air-cooled applications, these products are available for integration into Curtiss-Wright Controls chassis level products and solutions.

"Our new power and control module helps ensure the optimal performance, reliability and survivability of rugged deployed military subsystems," said David Dietz, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems group.

The PCM is designed to monitor and control numerous chassis-level elements, including power supplies, fans, displays, front panel controls and indicators. It can also be used to interactively enable/disable chassis payload power systems, direct external/internal connected devices, and issue controlled system resets with the communication or switch interfaces.

The PCM can manage a wide array of inputs and bridging functions, including up to:

  • 16 power supplies
  • 16 independent voltages
  • 16 temperature sensors
  • 16 fans
  • 1 humidity sensor
  • 16 general purpose inputs
  • 16 reset controls
  • 8 general purpose outputs
  • 3 PWM outputs
  • 1 real time clock
  • 20 status indicators
  • 4 control switches

Measuring 3.050" (77.47 mm) wide/1.5" (38.1 mm) high/6.35" (161.25 mm) deep, this compact module is designed to perform over the full military operating temperature range, -40° C to 85° C, as well as meet demanding shock, vibration, humidity and other harsh military environment conditions.

PCM Performance Features Include:

  • Rugged extended temperature power & control module (-40° C to 85° C) for air-cooled and conduction-cooled applications
  • Programmable solutions for power supplies, thermal sensors, fans, humidity sensors and general purpose I/O
  • User and administrative levels of configuration parameters
  • User and administrative levels of password protection
  • Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232, I²C, with provisions for CANbus, redundant RS-232 and SPI
  • SNMP (V2/3), DHCP, NTP, Telnet and PMBus protocols
  • Wide operating range, -40 º C - +85 º C
  • Wide input voltage range, 10VDC - 36VDC per MIL-STD-704E, MIL-STD-1275D; input voltage not isolated from logic ground
  • Management of up to (4) C-W fan controller boards
  • Designed to meet MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-704E when incorporated into a chassis enclosure which meets these requirements
  • Battleshort override
  • External I/O over current protection

For more information on the Power and Control Module please visit our website at

Sales Contact
Please forward all sales and reader service inquiries to Maria Antal at Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems, Tel: (978) 952-2017 email:

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For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email:

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems
Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems is one of the industry's most comprehensive and experienced single sources for rugged, integrated electronic system solutions. Our product and service expertise includes mission and flight control computer systems; network centric computing systems; avionics and Vetronics processor units; motion control solutions and rate sensor assemblies; rugged high-speed data recorders and storage devices; engineered packaging (including chassis/enclosures, power supplies, subracks and backplanes); smart power control and distribution systems; sensor management systems; electric turret drive, stabilization, and ammunition handling systems; and electro-mechanical solutions. The Electronic Systems group serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. For more information about Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems, visit

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit

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Contact Information

  • Sales Contact:
    Maria Antal
    Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems
    Tel: (978)952-2017
    Email: Email Contact

    Editorial Contact:
    John Wranovics
    Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems
    Public Relations Director
    Tel: (925)640-6402
    Email: Email Contact