New software reduces embedded development risks, simplifies integration of COTS systems
The CSA delivers a cohesive and comprehensive approach to compatibility and interoperability beyond the traditional hardware interfaces. This represents a grander vision for interoperability in the COTS market. The CSA provides a two-fold approach for significantly improving the customer's ability to integrate and evolve with COTS hardware and software. First, it provides the binding elements to facilitate easy integration of a multitude of embedded products. Second, the CSA provides a common and comprehensive set of software application programming interfaces (APIs) extending, enabling and simplifying the full and efficient usage of all available hardware devices.
The CSA is the newest element of Curtiss-Wright's innovative COTS Continuum initiative. COTS Continuum is a Research & Development initiative to develop a common software, hardware and mechanical architecture for future Curtiss-Wright products. The architecture will standardize I/O routing and pin-outs, electrical interfaces, APIs to all hardware functionality, and provide a common HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and User documentation across Curtiss-Wright products. The net result is a common out-of-box experience between product families and next generation products benefiting all users by easing their technology insertions.
"The introduction of our Continuum Software Architecture is truly a major leap forward as we realize our goal of developing a common software, hardware and mechanical architecture for future products," said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright's Modular Solutions group. "CSA delivers a great out-of-box experience common to all our products. This will benefit all of our customers by easing their technology insertion requirements and delivering exceptional performance over a broader range of embedded computing products."
The new CSA architecture provides a rigorous, well-identified process and sound architectural model for software development, as well as the tools needed to integrate different components and applications quickly and efficiently. It includes:
Consolidated and configurable firmware
Intelligent hardware abstraction
Powerful, intuitive, user-centric and consistent APIs
Extensive Built-in-Test capabilities
Standard, optimal and user optional card configurations
Flexible and efficient compiler and Development Environment integrations
Extensible hardware/software component frameworks
Rich sets of device driver, board support package libraries and RTOS Support
Complete validations over a broad spectrum of rugged Defense and Aerospace application areas
In addition, the CSA provides backwards-compatible support mechanisms. Developers can leverage and easily support compatibility with legacy software, APIs, systems and products by accessing shim layers, as required.
The CSA first rolls out to the rugged market with Curtiss-Wright's new VME-184, CHAMP-AV5, VPX6-185 and the CHAMP-AV6 single board computer and digital signal processor engine products, marking a new era in the evolution of rugged COTS.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is the industry's most comprehensive and experienced single source for embedded solutions, ranging from Processing, Subsystems, Data Communication, DSP, and Video & Graphics to the most advanced board level components and fully integrated custom systems. The Embedded Computing group serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW, CW.B). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets.
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