TRL Roadmaps for Technology Readiness and Obsolescence Mitigation

A Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) is a systematic, metrics-based process that assesses the maturity of, and the risk associated with, critical technologies to be used in US DoD Major Defense Acquisition Programs. The Assessment results in a Technology Readiness Level, with TRL 1 being the least mature and TRL 9 being the most.

There is a balance between technical maturity and product obsolescence that must be achieved for program success. Incorporation of technology that is not mature adds technical risk to the program, potentially increasing development time and cost. Incorporation of technology that is too mature adds obsolescence risk to the program, potentially increasing life cycle costs.

Curtiss-Wright COTS boards and systems mitigate both of these issues by providing the latest defense and military technology from proven COTS standard modules, while providing an open system architecture based on industry standards. Products are designed to a technology roadmap that follows the technology improvements of processors and components, while maintaining the same form factor, software and pin outs (when possible).

Upgraded modules from the same product roadmap can be installed in the systems without causing any changes for system integrators – same chassis, same pin out, and same application software.

The Curtiss-Wright TRL Roadmap approach answers the inevitable question of "what is the obsolescence risk of using a very mature (high TRL) technology?"

Our TRL Roadmap show our COTS product families maturing through a continuum, with predecessor products at a higher TRL level having older technology, current generation products at a medium TRL level having latest technology, and finally, successor products being developed at a low TRL having next generation technology.

With our Continuum Lifecycle Services providing an obsolescence management program that guarantees product availability from five to seven years, the TRL Roadmap provides both technology and obsolescence risk mitigation, with the result that our COTS modules and systems provide both technical currency and longevity of supply, supporting Department of Defense lifecycle requirements.

Infocenter

Submarine and Helicopter Sonar Suite Upgrades Mission Systems A European system developer needed to upgrade their sonar system. Read about the... MORE> Aircraft looks to Modernize Storage of Sensitive Data A leading C4ISR system integrator reached out to Curtiss-Wright in search of a... MORE> The Root of Trust: A Foundation for Trusted Computing Steve Edwards looks at the growing demand for trusted computing solutions with... MORE> Ethernet for Timing Andrew McCoubrey discusses how by using IEEE 1588 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP),... MORE> Network Time: Using Ethernet for Synchronization In this paper, Andrew McCoubrey looks at how synchronized clocks can be used to... MORE> Harnessing the Power of AltiVec in Modern COTS Applications A customer approached Curtiss-Wright requiring a radar processing tech refresh for... MORE> Company is Reaching for the Stars Curtiss-Wright is now a leading supplier of data acquisition avionics for space... MORE> The NXP Power Architecture QorIQ Platforms: Architectural Benefits for Small Form Factor Embedded Applications This white paper illustrates why Power Architecture continues to be an excellent... MORE> A Brighter Palette of Options Using VPX Jeremy Banks looks at using COTS format solutions in new systems. VPX is a rugged,... MORE> The Killer App – Combining Embedded Processors, FPGAs and Smart Software This conference paper describes the benefits of using a mixture of both FPGA and... MORE> It’s time for VITA 47: Raise the bar on defining ruggedization, reliability Aaron Frank and Ivan Straznicky look at VITA 47 for ruggededization and... MORE> Using remote data acquisition units in harsh environmental conditions This paper looks at the challenges of designing a small data acquisition system... MORE>
Connect With Curtiss-Wright Connect With Curtiss-Wright Connect With Curtiss-Wright
Sales

CONTACT SALES

Contact our sales team today to learn more about our products and services.

YOUR LOCATION

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Support

GET SUPPORT

Our support team can help answer your questions - contact us today.

REQUEST TYPE

SELECT BY

SELECT Topic