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Curtiss-Wright Launches New Family of Rugged Pre-Integrated Avionics Computers with DO-254/DO-178 Safety Certifiable Hardware

October 09, 2017 | BY: John Wranovics

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New SPIRIT family pre-integrated systems with DO-254/DO-178 modules delivers industry’s broadest, most flexible range of configurations and options for airborne computer applications

AUSA 2017, Washington, D.C. (Booth #1607) – October 9, 2017 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a pioneer in the development of COTS-based modular solutions for DO-254/DO-178 (with available certification artifacts up to DAL A for a wide variety of applications) safety certifiable systems, has debuted a broad new family of rugged avionics computers pre-integrated with safety certifiable OpenVPX™ modules. The new SPIRIT Safety Certifiable System family features an extensive range of field proven rugged chassis (2-6 3U OpenVPX slots) pre-integrated with safety certifiable modules, including single board computers (SBC), graphics controllers, and avionics I/O cards. Performance options include Power Architecture®, ARM®, or Intel® based SBCs, AMD® graphics, and the full range of Avionics I/O interfaces. These ITAR-free systems are designed to be compliant with FACE™ (Future Airborne Capability Environment) software and ease and speed the deployment of critical airborne applications around the globe. In addition, Curtiss-Wright is collaborating with leading avionics solutions providers to deliver fully configured application-specific variants of SPIRIT systems. These innovative solutions are ideal for save precious program time, reduce cost and mitigate integration risk for critical applications such as mission computers, UAV ground stations, DVE systems, flight control computers, and display computers on manned and unmanned fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

The first announced member of the SPIRIT system family is the SPIRIT Centrion™ Safety Certifiable Mission Computer System, a fully integrated Situational Awareness system that features DO-178C/ED-12C safety certifiable digital mapping, tactical information and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) applications running on a DO-254/ED-80 safety certifiable mission computer. Developed in collaboration with HENSOLDT, the SPIRIT Centrion is housed in a rugged ARINC 600 enclosure with re-usable OpenVPX building blocks including Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-150 and VPX3-1258 SBCs, VPX3-718 Graphics and VPX3-611 I/O Card. It also features the Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (CoreAVI) OpenGL SC 1.0.1 graphics library suite for the discrete AMD Embedded RadeonTM high performance GPU for 4k video output. Software support includes Wind River® VxWorks® 653 RTOS.

“Our new SPIRIT family of pre-qualified avionics computers, the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible solutions for architecting mission critical airborne applications, will help meet the increasing demand we’re seeing for cost-effective, reliable avionics solutions that support DO-254 and DO-178C safety-certifiability,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Unlike ‘one-size-fits-all’ alternatives, our wide range of field-proven rugged chassis gives system integrators the flexibility they need to architect their unique airborne mission computer solution. What’s more, our already extensive safety certifiable product line will continue to grow as we add new modular building blocks to the SPIRIT family of systems and increase our collaboration with leading avionics software providers.”

Curtiss-Wright’s rugged SBCs, avionics I/O, and graphics modules are designed for use in size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) constrained aerospace and defense systems. Use of these safety certifiable cards can greatly speed the deployment and certification of critical manned and unmanned airborne Safety-Certifiable systems.


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Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit


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Author’s Biography

John Wranovics

Director of Public Relations

John Wranovics has over thirty years experience in the management of media relations and the promotion of high technology products. He has been with Curtiss-Wright since 2003. He has a degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

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