With a large number of gates, hardware multipliers and high-speed serial interfaces, FPGAs enable digital signal processing applications including radar, signal intelligence and image processing that require repetitive fixed-point processing. FPGAs perform well in FFTs, pulse compression, filters and digital down converters. In deployed systems, an FPGA's technical advantage translates to smaller, lower-power and lower-cost systems.

Curtiss-Wright COTS small form factor 3U VPX FPGA-based processor cards meet the most demanding SWaP-constrained applications. The Xilinx Virtex-7, Virtex-6 and Virtex-5 FPGA-based processor boards include a wide complement of I/O functionality.

Product Processor(s) Memory I/O Ruggedization
VPX3-453 3U VPX-REDI Dual-core 8640D 1GHz, Xilinx Virtex-6 (LX240T) 8640: 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM across two banks, FPGAs: 256MB DDR2 SDRAM, 36 MB QDR-II+ SRAM across two banks Two 4-lane PCI Express Gen2 links to backplane, 2x 4-lane PCIe XMC, 2 x EIA-232, 2 x GbE, 2 x 4-lane RocketIO to backplane, 19-pairs LVDS DIO CC 200
VPX3-450 3U VPX-REDI Dual-Core 8640D 1GHz, Xilinx Virtex-5 (LX155T or SX95T) 8640: 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM Across two banks, FPGAs: 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM, 18 MB QDR-II+ SRAM across two banks Two 4-lane PCI Express links (One link may be configured for SerialRapidIO) to backplane, 8-lane PCIe XMC, 2 x EIA-232, 2 x GbE, 2 x 4-laneRocketIO to backplane, 18-pairs LVDS DIO AC 0, AC 100,
CC 100, CC 200
VPX3-530 3U OpenVPX Xilinx Virtex-7 (VX690T) 2x 2 or 4GB banks, 64-bit data per bank  2x 4 GSPS or 4x 2 GSPS 12-bit ADC, 2x 5.6GSPS 14-bit DAC, 8-lane PCI Express to VPX P1, 8-lane HSS to VPX P1, 2x RS-422/485 inputs on P2, 2x RS-422/485 outputs on P2, 28x 1.8V LVDS on P2 AC 0, AC 100,
C 100
FPE320 3U VPX Xilinx Virtex-5 (SX240T, 220/330T) FPGA 2x 9MB QDR-II SRAM, 2x 356-512MB DDR2 SDRAM 1x FMC, RocketIO, 16 Diff. Pairs, 1x EIA-232 AC 0, AC 100,
CC 200


An example of this technology is the VPX3-453, which offers users the combined advantages and flexibility of an AltiVec-enabled dual-core Power Architecture™ processor, and the rapid reconfigurability and exceptional parallelism of FPGAs. With these characteristics, the VPX3-453 can replace dedicated ASIC-based hardware or large arrays of processors for front-end signal or image processing applications that require sustained data rates and processing performance. And they are capable of performing general algorithm acceleration tasks that push data into the FPGA for calculation performance—a task that could require the work of tens of general purpose processors.