Security IP Module

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Ashburn, VA

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, a leading proponent of modular open systems approach (MOSA) based solutions, announced that it was recently selected by a leading defense system integrator to provide its embedded Security IP module technology. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will supply its XMC-528 Mezzanine Card for use in multiple sensor system programs.

XMC-528 Mezzanine Card for use in multiple sensor system programs.

The enhanced TrustedCOTS (eTCOTS™) module speeds the integration of advanced security IP, such as Raytheon's Night Cover™ product suite and Idaho Scientific's Immunity cryptographic products, into new and legacy systems wherever XMC (VITA 42/61) mezzanine cards can be used, including modules designed to align with The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) and U.S. Army's C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) technical standards. This makes the XMC-528 a suitable security IP solution for a wide range of system architectures including ATCA, rackmount servers with PCIe slots, as well as VME and OpenVPX modules. The value of the contract is $4 million. The lifetime value of the contract is estimated at $25 million.

“We are very proud that our recently introduced XMC-528 module, in a first major win for this innovative new security IP solution, has been selected to protect critical data and technology on deployed sensor systems. Previously, most security IP solutions have required costly and time-consuming customization of the target military hardware,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “Now, with the XMC-528 XMC module, system designers can quickly add security to any Curtiss-Wright or third-party module that supports an XMC site, which significantly lowers the cost and time required to bring advanced security IP to embedded electronics.”

The XMC-528 enables system integrators to add embedded security to fielded systems without a complete redesign. Using industry standard interfaces, the XMC-528 mezzanine card can be hosted on existing system modules — such as Curtiss-Wright's VME-1910, VPX6-1961, and SOSA-aligned VPX3-1260 single board computers — to implement advanced data protection. The same security IP suite provided by the XMC-528 mezzanine module can also be integrated directly into the on-board security FPGA resident on Curtiss-Wright's family of security-ready OpenVPX modules – such as the CHAMP-XD1S 3U digital signal processor card and soon to be announced next-generation processor modules. Systems such as high-performance rack-mount servers can be supported with an appropriate XMC carrier.

Curtiss-Wright is an active contributor to the definition and advancement of the open standards included in CMOSS and those being defined in The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA). Curtiss-Wright has been an active participant in the development of the CMOSS and SOSA standards since the inception of both initiatives and is a participant in several SOSA™ Consortium working groups. In addition, the company has been a leading contributor to the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) that oversees the definition of the OpenVPX, PMC, XMC, and FMC form factor standards that provide the foundation of both CMOSS and SOSA technical standards.

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