New Rugged Mission Display Comes with PCAP Multipoint Touchscreen Technology

Press Release Summary:

  • Features optically-bonded glass, LED backlighting for enhanced daylight viewing and dual mode LED backlighting
  • Offers DVI video input and USB interfaces are supported via highly rugged MIL-DTL-38999 connector
  • Ideal for integrating touchscreen display capabilities onto airborne, civil and military ground vehicle platforms 

Original Press Release:

Curtiss-Wright Expands Industry Leading Family of PCAP Touchscreen Rugged Displays with New Compact 7” Single Input Design

7” SVDU-M 1920x1080 touchscreen display supports intuitive smartphone style multipoint navigation and control

ASHBURN, Va. – April 20, 2020 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a proven leading supplier of deployed video management solutions, has announced the further expansion of its family of rugged displays designed to meet the unique requirements of deployed military and civil aircraft and ground vehicles. The introduction of the new SVDU-M 7” rugged mission display brings intuitive superior Projected Capacitive (PCAP) multipoint touchscreen technology to a compact, single DVI-input, size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized unit. 

With support for 1920x1080 pixel screen resolution, the SVDU-M combines advanced features in a compact display, including optically-bonded glass and LED backlighting for enhanced daylight viewing, and dual mode LED backlighting to support MIL-STD-3009 NVIS B night vision goggle (NVG) use. Designed for optimal performance in harsh environments, the display’s DVI video input and USB interfaces are supported via a highly rugged MIL-DTL-38999 connector. The SVDU-M’s PCAP touchscreen delivers high reliability and responsiveness even when the operator is wearing gloves or when the screen is wet. This compact, high resolution display is ideal for integrating touchscreen display capabilities onto airborne (rotary and fixed wing), civil (police, search and rescue), and military ground vehicle platforms to enhance situational awareness and support critical missions.

“While some deployed video display applications require high-end performance and integrated PCs, there are many airborne and ground platforms for which a small, less complex touchscreen display hits the sweet spot,” said Lynn Bamford, President, Defense and Power. “Our new SVDU-M display packs numerous advanced features into a compact 7” rugged design, that combines multi-touch screen navigation with high resolution 1920x1080 pixel imagery to deliver the accuracy and clarity needed to deliver enhanced situational awareness during critical missions in harsh environments.”

SVDU-M Performance Features:

  • Anytime readability
  • Very high brightness
  • Night Vision compatibility
  • Multi-touch PCAP touch screen capability
  • Single DVI input
  • USB interface
  • Fully ruggedized and sealed unit

About PCAP Technology
Projected Capacitive (PCAP) multipoint touchscreen technology enables operators to use familiar smartphone interface techniques to annotate, draw and manipulate screen images. In contrast, traditional resistive touch screens are only able to respond to the touch of a single finger. What’s more, in harsh aerospace and military environments, resistive touch panels typically have lower resistance to shock and shorter lifecycles, when compared to rugged PCAP displays. Additional benefits of PCAP include improved brightness and contrast, a thinner and lighter display head, and reduced costs compared to resistive technology-based alternatives. 

Capacitive touchscreen displays work by detecting a change in capacitance on the screen and require no pressure to be applied. Of the two types of capacitive touchscreen technologies, projected and surface, PCAP displays have more accurate touch sensing. PCAP uses a conductive grid to create an electrostatic field that enables SVDU-M users to very accurately control their visual data with the touch of one or multiple fingers, or via the use of a conductive stylus.

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About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
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 is headquartered in Davidson, N.C. and employs approximately 9,100 people worldwide. For more information, visit

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