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Is Arm the Future for Airborne Platforms in Military and Aerospace?

November 11, 2021 | BY: Lisa Sarazin, Mike Slonosky, Rick Hearn

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In recent years, Arm processors have made a quiet, understated entry into military and aerospace markets. With a well-established reputation in commercial applications for bringing high performance to low power mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and wearables, it’s no surprise that Arm’s potential has been recognized in an industry where size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints heavily influence technology selection.

Even so, Arm chips are far from ubiquitous in the mil-aero industry, a world that has been long dominated by Intel and Power Architecture processing units. These incumbents offer rugged processors that are optimized for maximum performance, have been implemented in boards with a minimal physical footprint, and have been proven to maintain reliability in harsh environments. What’s more, Power Architecture processors manufactured by NXP have been proven in a wide range of DO-254 safety-certifiable applications, both commercial and defense, often to the highest design assurance level (DAL). But with no NXP Power Architecture devices planned for introduction after the currently released QorIQ T-series of products, a new opportunity has arisen for both Arm and Intel processors, especially in programs with DO-254 requirements.

White Paper: Is Arm the Future for Airborne Platforms in Military and Aerospace?

In this white paper, we look at whether Arm’s commercial success can translate to defense and aerospace markets in order to meet the highest DO-254 requirements and fill the Power Architecture void. Download the “Is Arm the Future for Airborne Platforms in Military and Aerospace?” to learn more about:

  • Arm processors
  • DO-254 safety certification
  • NXP Arm cores
  • Arm technology in automotive and aerospace applications


Lisa Sarazin

Author’s Biography

Lisa Sarazin

Marketing Portfolio Manager

Lisa Sarazin is the Marketing Portfolio Manager for the C4ISR division of Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. Lisa has previously held roles in Product Marketing and Content Strategy in the telecommunications industry.

Author’s Biography

Mike Slonosky

Senior Product Manager, Power Architecture and Arm SBCs

Michael Slonosky is the Product Manager for Power Architecture Single Board Computers in the C4 Solutions group at Curtiss-Wright. He has been with Curtiss-Wright for 13 years after spending over 20 years in the telecom industry. Mike is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Author’s Biography

Rick Hearn

Product Manager, Safety Certifiable Solutions.

Rick Hearn is the Product Manager for Safety Certifiable Solutions for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. Rick has over 25 years of experience in design and design management positions in the Telecommunications and Defense industries including 11 years of experience in design management and program management at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

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