SOURCE: Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions

April 23, 2012 13:07 ET

Curtiss-Wright Controls Industry-Leading OpenVPX™ Multiprocessing DSP Engine Boosts Power/Watt Performance With New Quad-Core 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors

CHAMP-AV8 6U OpenVPX™ DSP Engine Improves Power/Watt Performance by 50% With Two Quad-Core Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE Processors

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has announced that it will enhance its Industry-leading dual-processor CHAMP-AV8 rugged, high performance OpenVPX™ DSP (digital signal processing) engine by upgrading the card with the new Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE processor. Use of the newly announced Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE is expected to deliver a 50% improvement in Power/Watt performance (at elevated temperatures) over the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2715QE processor, a significant advantage for multi-processor DSP processing in embedded deployed SWaP-constrained military platforms.

The enhanced CHAMP-AV8 also supports IDT's upcoming Gen2 PCIe-to-sRIO protocol conversion bridging semiconductor product, bringing the performance and bandwidth advantages of Serial RapidIO® (SRIO) switch fabrics to the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor-based embedded computing applications.

"The combination of four cores and doubling of floating point performance provided by the new Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) instruction set is very exciting for our signal processing customers," said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. "With Intel's commitment to long life-cycle supply, these new processors will power a new generation of higher performance and power efficient radar and signal intelligence systems."

Available in a full range of air- and conduction-cooled configurations, the rugged CHAMP-AV8 combines the significantly improved floating-point performance of the Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE processor with the substantial bandwidth and system-enabling features of the 6U OpenVPX form factor. The board's pair of quad-core processors feature new Intel AVX floating-point instructions, and delivers unmatched performance, rated at up to 269 GFLOPS.

Supporting the DSP engine's floating-point performance is a 21GB/s (peak) DDR3 memory sub-system that provides ample bandwidth to simultaneously serve CPU access and streaming I/O from its SRIO and PCIe interfaces.

The CHAMP-AV8 incorporates the enhancements of the OpenVPX (VITA 65) standard with a complete suite of data plane, expansion plane, and control plane interfaces. Supporting Gen2 SRIO and Gen2 PCIe interfaces, the CHAMP-AV8 offers triple the bandwidth of first generation VPX products with up to 32 GB/s of fabric performance, thus ensuring that application performance can scale commensurately with the much higher CPU performance.

The CHAMP-AV8 is the multi-processing component of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solution's High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) solution set that also includes Xilinx® Virtex®-6 FPGA processing, FMC and XMC signal acquisition, SRIO switches, buffer memory and single board computers (SBC).

About the CHAMP-AV8
The CHAMP-AV8 multi-processing board brings the floating-point performance of the quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE processor to the OpenVPX form factor standard. Utilizing a pair of processors, the CHAMP-AV8 delivers performance rated at up to 269 GFLOPs. With a 21GB/s (peak) DDR3 memory subsystem connected directly to the processor, the Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE is able to maximize the throughput of its Intel AVX vector processing units and process larger vectors at peak rates significantly greater than was possible with previous AltiVec™-based systems.

The CHAMP-AV8 features a high-bandwidth PCI Express® (PCIe) architecture, with on-board PCIe connections between the processors and the XMC site. With 8GB of Flash and up to 16GB of SDRAM, the CHAMP-AV8 is designed for applications with demanding storage, data logging and sensor processing requirements.

CHAMP-AV8 Key Features:

  • High-performance floating-point processing for digital signal processing (DSP) and general purpose applications
  • 6U OpenVPX™ compliant
  • Two quad-core 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors
  • Intel® AVX 256-bit floating-point vector unit
  • 269 GFLOPs peak computing performance
  • Up to 8 Gbytes DDR3 SDRAM with ECC per processor
  • Gen2 Serial RapidIO® (sRIO) data plane interface
  • Gen2 PCI Express® (PCIe) expansion plane interface
  • DMA offload engines
  • One (1) XMC mezzanine site
  • Power management features
  • VxWorks® BSP and driver suite
  • Fedora® Core Linux®
  • Rugged air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions

Extensive Software Support
The CHAMP-AV8 is supported with an extensive suite of software including support for Wind River VxWorks and Linux operating environments. Additional software support includes Inter-processor communications (IPC) and Curtiss-Wright Controls' Continuum Vector AVX-optimized signal processing library.

The CHAMP-AV8 is the latest addition to Curtiss-Wright Controls' broad family of high density multi-processors. It complements Curtiss-Wright Controls's wide range of Network Switches/Routers, Digital Signal Processors, Graphics and Communications and I/O products. For more information on the CHAMP-AV8, please visit

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Sales & Editorial Contacts
For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email:

Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; email:

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense applications. CWCDS serves as a technology and integration partner to its customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions. Our unmatched capabilities and product breadth span from industry standard based COTS modules to complete electronic subsystems. The company's modules and systems are currently deployed in a wide range of demanding defense & aerospace applications including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, and recording & storage solutions. Additionally, the company's broad engineering capabilities combine systems, software, electrical, and mechanical design expertise with comprehensive program management and a broad range of life-cycle support services. For more information visit

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, 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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