AFT cooled 3U VPX COTS system
In support of the new VITA 48.8 Air Flow Through (AFT) cooling standard, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions has produced a range of 3U and 6U modules designed to bring the advanced cooling technology to rugged deployed embedded systems. During a presentation at VITA’s Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) 2016 symposium, Curtiss-Wright demonstrated the industry’s first functioning AFT chassis based on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) 3U VPX modules. The groundbreaking demo featured a 3D printed plastic chassis integrated with Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-1258 single board computer (SBC) and VPX3-716 graphics modules, both outfitted with AFT frames. The first modules slated for use in VITA 48.8 AFT systems are Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-652, VPX3-1259, and VPX3-1258 SBCs and the VPX3-716 graphics module. The combination of advanced cooling, small form factor AFT and reduced weight delivered by VITA 48.8 are of especial benefit for size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) constrained platforms such as rotorcraft and unmanned vehicles.
- Advanced cooling
- Small form factor
- Reduced weight
- Commercial-off-the-shelf 3U VPX modules