Computing System withstands harsh military missions.

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Packaged in half-short, 5-slot air transport rack chassis, 3U CompactPCI-based Modular Tactical Computer offers defense and aerospace system integrators complete COTS tactical subsystem. It includes 800 MHz IBM 750FX processor and is rated at 1,856 DMIPS. Standard configuration includes 256 MB ECC DRAM, Ethernet, tri-channel dual redundant 1553 bus, and 9 serial channels. Computer can be customized with variety of functional modules to meet specific applications.

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Curtiss-Wright Controls Premieres New Customizable 'Off-the-Shelf' Rugged Computing System

Ultra-compact, high performance COTS system with super high-density I/O speeds development, lowers cost

Leesburg, VA January, 17, 2005 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing division (CWCEC) has introduced an innovative new COTS-based rugged computing system. Packaged in a battle-ready rugged half-short five-slot Air Transport Rack (ATR) chassis, the 3U CompactPCI-based Modular Tactical Computer (MTC) represents a significant step forward in the incorporation of mission-critical computing into military platforms. This new rugged computer system is designed to withstand the harsh environments of military missions while providing users with the latest advances in reliability, accuracy and speed.

MTC offers defense and aerospace system integrators a complete COTS tactical subsystem that can be ordered off-the-shelf fully configured for immediate integration into a production application. Alternately, the MTC can be customized with a wide variety of functional modules to meet specific applications such as mission computing, control applications, fire control systems or network centric computing. Factory configured with standard COTS boards and subassemblies based on open architecture technology, MTC brings prime systems integrators reduced integration time, fewer risks and lower development costs.

"By leveraging the technologies available from the many companies that have become Curtiss-Wright Embedded Computing, we can seamlessly enmesh a wide variety of off-the-shelf components to create this innovative new computing platform," said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, CWCEC. "Not only can we bring these products to market in less time, their customization flexibility means that our customers can also integrate them faster."

At the core of MTC is the processing power of CWCEC's DCP-122 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) single board computer, driven by a 800 MHz IBM 750FX processor. Processing performance for the MTC is rated at 1856 Dhrystone Millions of Instructions Per Second (DMIPS). MTC's standard configuration includes 256 MB of ECC DRAM, Ethernet, a tri-channel dual redundant 1553 bus, and 9 serial channels (Sync/Async). The MTC can also be configured witih either a gigabit Ethernet switch or a 50 ms power holdup. Additional data communications functionality in the system includes 20 digital/analog input channels and converters. MTC is designed to PICMG 2.16 rev. 1.0 and supports packet-switching backplanes.

Pricing for MTC starts at $ 44,270.00. The MTC is currently in production.

Inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Klassen, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail:

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is a leading global supplier of embedded boards and integrated electronics subsystems for diverse markets and applications including Defense & Aerospace, Medical Imaging, and Industrial Process Control. We serve the embedded industry with an unmatched array of innovative technology and solutions. Our rugged and commercial-grade products, advanced system integration services and lifecycle services programs enable customers to focus on their core competencies to ensure their success.

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