Intel, Power Architecture, ARM and GPU Processing in rugged deployed applications

Curtiss-Wright works with world leaders in processor technologies to apply commercial technology to the demanding power, size, program life cycle and performance requirements of aerospace and defense applications. These processors are used in our COTS Boards and Electronic Systems products for commercial, aerospace and defense applications. Use our product finder to find solutions to meet your project requirements.


Power Architecture

Power Architecture processors are the most widely used RISC architecture-based microprocessors for defense and aerospace applications. It is most often the choice for deterministic performance in real-time processing systems as well as the dominant choice for safety certification. NXP (formally Freescale) offers the broadest portfolio of single, dual and multicore processors built on Power Architecture technology, providing exceptional performance and superb reliability. NXP Power Architecture processors support guaranteed lifecycles of 15 yrs and have a proven track record for longevity of supply and support. This long lifecycle is ideal for programs with a long production requirements that cannot afford DMS issues or repeated technology insertions.

  • Low Power
  • Deterministic performance
  • Safety certifiable
  • Balanced power vs. performance
  • Legacy compatibility
  • Altivec vector processing
  • Long life cycle - 15 years of supply


With the widest range of processors in commercial, defense, medical, transportation and industrial automation markets, Intel processors deliver the highest performance, enhanced on-chip graphics and media support, and built-in security capabilities. Intel’s Tick-Tock technology cadence, which alternates microarchitecture advancements with power saving die geometry shrinkage, has produced continuous performance improvements with reliable, scalable processing options available to suppliers of Single Board Computers (SBCs) and DSP engines for use in embedded control, processing, and compute-intensive applications.

  • Highest performance
  • AVX/AVX2 vector processing, SSE streaming instructions
  • Integrated graphics with multiple displays and OpenGL available
  • OpenCL for computational applications


Advanced RISC Machine (Arm) processors are well known for bringing an unparalleled power-to-performance ratio to the most advanced smartphones and mobile devices available. The exploding market for commercial mobile devices has pushed chip designers to come up with ever-faster, ever-smaller processors that are less power-hungry than competing options, yet still deliver secure, high-integrity computing. This is an ideal combination for defense, aerospace, and rugged embedded applications.

  • Leading power-to-performance ratio
  • Safety certifiable
  • High-integrity secure computing
  • Long life cycle



A GPU complements a processor to offer display graphics or can serve as a math/vector acceleration engine. As a display processor, a GPU supports real-time graphics using OpenGL and media codecs such as MPEG and H.254, and can drive multiple displays simultaneously. When used as a math/vector accelerator, a GPU can perform floating-point calculations using hundreds or thousands of parallel floating-point units via the use of OpenCL and CUDA software frameworks. In data-intensive applications, such as imaging enhancement and mosaicking, GPUs can stitch together input from multiple sensors or process radar data faster than general purpose CPUs.

  • Real-time graphics using OpenGL, MPEG, and H.254 to drive multiple displays 
  • Fast processing of radar data 
  • Ability to gather and process input from multiple sensors  
  • Acceleration of math-intensive algorithms using floating point calculations with OpenCL and CUDA 


FPGA devices are ideal for parallel processing of DSP algorithms. Featuring large amounts of configurable I/O and the ability to reconfigure the functionality of the internal logic cells, block ram, and DSP blocks, FPGAs provide a high degree of flexibility. This enables the design to be adapted and optimized for specific applications. FPGA products can enable processing of algorithms that need additional external memory capacity, support of front end ADC/DAC digital converters, or high-speed serial interfaces for sensor processing or interconnection to other FPGA modules.

  • Flexible DSP processing for front-end sensor data
  • Acceleration of DSP algorithms
  • Parallel processing of multiple sensor streams
  • Reconfigurable to enable flexible processing for different mission needs
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