An Open Standard for RF Convergence

Curtiss-Wright has made sufficient progress with supporting the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (CERDEC) new architecture of open radio frequency interfaces developed for ground vehicles. This Modular Open Radio Frequency Architecture (MORA) was developed to offer new capabilities including reducing size, weight and power (SWaP) as well as interoperability functions within the platform. As an advocate of the US Army’s Modular Open RF Architecture, Curtiss-Wright now offers several MORA-compliant RF capabilities products and systems with OpenVPX and other standards based hardware and software, as well as a backplane open standard managed by the critical embedded system trade association, VITA. This results in MORA allowing the system integrator to be more adaptable when encountering technical complications or supporting third-party capabilities.

MORA’s purpose is to simplify the radio systems into high-level components that permit the hardware to be shared amongst the systems on the platform utilizing low power distribution of RF signals to enhance overall system performance and efficiency through reduced cable loss. This use of software defined radio technologies allows the same hardware to run various waveform applications to accommodate a vast array of missions including EW and Communications. Moreover, MORA provides a path for using industry open standards to develop rugged Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is pleased to partner with DRS for the RF tuners for use with our many products that support MORA standards. See the below table for a complete list of products that we offer utilizing this new RF architecture.

  Product Name DRS Product
Parvus DuraCOR 80-41 4th gen Core i7 Mission Computer Polaris Multichannel Wideband (Digital) SI-9150 / D4
VPX3-530 3U VPX Virtex-7 FPGA ADC/DAC SI-9170 Wideband Microwave Tuner (up to 18GHz)
VPX3-1258 3U VPX Intel Core i7 Haswell SBC SI-9170 Wideband Microwave Tuner (up to 18GHz)
MPMC-934x Wideband Microwave Receiver Rugged Quick Start Kit SI-9170 Wideband Microwave Tuner (up to 18GHz)

 

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