Curtiss-Wright Selected to Provide Embedded Security IP Module Technology for MOSA Systems
XMC-528 enhanced TrustedCOTS™ module brings security to embedded systems with cost-effective plug-in card approach
ASHBURN, Va. – September 13, 2022 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading supplier of Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)-based solutions engineered for success, today announced that it has again been selected by a leading defense system integrator to provide its embedded Security IP module technology. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will supply its XMC-528 Mezzanine Card to add state-of-the art security protection to an existing system within a DoD end-state application. The XMC-528 XMC form factor (VITA 42/61) mezzanine module speeds the integration of advanced security IP into OpenVPX™ and legacy VMEbus system solutions. Using industry-standard interfaces, the XMC-528 can cost-effectively implement advanced data protection on both new system modules and existing embedded systems. The lifetime value of the award is estimated at $20 million.
“We are very proud to announce this security-focused production award, the third significant win in 2022 for our innovative XMC-528 module, which was selected for its ability to cost-effectively and rapidly implement security protection on any Curtiss-Wright or third-party module that supports an XMC site,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “The XMC-528 represents a breakthrough by adding state-of-the-art system integrity to hardware platforms, both legacy and new, with a powerful and lower cost mezzanine card plug-in solution.”
About the XMC-528 Module
The enhanced TrustedCOTS (eTCOTS™) XMC-528 module speeds the integration of advanced security IP, such as Raytheon Technologies’ Night Cover™ product suite and Idaho Scientific’s Immunity cryptographic products, into new and legacy systems wherever XMC (VITA 42/61) mezzanine cards can be used, including modules designed to align with the SOSA Technical standard and U.S. Army’s C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS). The XMC-528 is a compelling security IP solution for a wide range of system architectures including ATCA, rackmount servers with PCIe slots, as well as VME and OpenVPX modules.
The module enables system integrators to add embedded security to fielded systems without a complete redesign. Using industry standard interfaces, the XMC-528 mezzanine card can be hosted on existing system modules – such as Curtiss-Wright’s VME-1910, VPX6-1961, and SOSA aligned VPX3-1260 single board computers – to implement advanced data protection. The same security IP suite provided by the XMC-528 mezzanine module can also be integrated directly into the on-board security FPGA resident on Curtiss-Wright’s family of security-ready OpenVPX modules – such as the CHAMP-XD3 3U digital signal processor card and soon to be announced next-generation processor modules.
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The MOSA Imperative
This Curtiss-Wright position paper aims to put MOSA (Modular Open Systems Approach) into perspective and enable you, whether a defense contractor, a decision-maker at the DoD, or a public policymaker, to put the increasingly relevant MOSA to use better. MOSA drives faster time to market, lower cost, increased software portability, technology innovation, and interoperability among systems across all defense domains. This position paper will guide you through why MOSA exists, its history and context, and why MOSA is ideally suited to creating the capabilities required to counter an uncertain and dangerous world of rapidly shifting threats.
Why Open Standards Like CMOSS and SOSA Are the New Normal
A Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) is not itself a technical standard. Rather, MOSA is an acquisition and design strategy that prioritizes the use of open standards-based technology for, as the Defense Standardization Program states, "designing an affordable and adaptable system."