|CHAMP-AV9 6U OpenVPX™ DSP Board Offers Industry-Leading 614 GFLOPS for Rugged, Deployed Applications|
ASHBURN, VA – June 3, 2013 — Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced its new CHAMP-AV9, the industry’s first rugged, high performance OpenVPX™ (VITA 65) DSP (digital signal processing) engine based on the latest quad-core Intel® CoreTM i7-4700EQ processor. The CHAMP-AV9 is specifically designed to operate in extreme environmental conditions for rugged, deployed applications at the highest possible performance level. Using the enhanced Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) 2.0 instruction set, the CHAMP-AV9 offers 614 GFLOPS per board, not including the on-chip GPGPU numerical co-processors, to deliver more than double the performance of previous DSP solutions. CHAMP-AV9 is also the first OpenVPX DSP engine to utilize a 40 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet or Infiniband data plane fabric, providing 14 GB/sec full duplex throughput with RDMA to support scalable, distributed, real-time computing. With full VxWorks® and Linux support, as well as accompanying middleware, libraries and tools, the CHAMP-AV9 provides a seamless migration path for both existing CHAMP-AV DSP applications and large, distributed node HPEC systems. With CHAMP-AV9, Curtiss-Wright maintains performance leadership in COTS DSP for the industry’s harshest environments.
“Curtiss-Wright’s highly-engineered thermal management solutions for Intel processors eliminate throttling at extreme temperatures, yielding greater performance for rugged, deployed applications,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. “With the CHAMP-AV9, Curtiss-Wright continues our focus on DSP applications that require maximum performance within size, weight and power constraints.”
“The 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors support significant architectural enhancements aimed at high-performance embedded applications, including the Intel® AVX 2.0 instruction set, upgraded 3D / media graphics and an OpenCL-programmable on-chip GPGPU, said Sam Cravatta, Product Line Manager, Intel Intelligent Systems Group. “By announcing this high-performing, integrated processor family, Intel continues to give our customers a strong roadmap on which to base continuing generations of innovative solutions.”
About the CHAMP-AV9
The CHAMP-AV9 combines the floating point performance of the latest Intel Core i7 processors, with the substantial bandwidth and system-enabling features of the 6U OpenVPX form-factor. With its pair of quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and featuring updated Intel AVX 2.0 instruction units and redesigned on-chip graphics
execution units, the CHAMP-AV9 packs game-changing peak performance. Memory support for the high performance processors includes a dual-channel DDR3 memory sub-system that provides ample bandwidth to simultaneously serve CPU access and streaming I/O from the VPX backplane interfaces.
The 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors contain substantial improvements over previous generations:
• Double the CPU floating-point performance with a fused multiply-add AVX instruction
• Ability to load two and store one operand per clock
• Double the L1 and L2 cache bandwidth vs. 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors
• 2.4 GHz CPU clock
The CHAMP-AV9 engine has been upgraded to DDR3-1600 and rugged implementations of the module will incorporate thermal management solutions that eliminate CPU throttling at our benchmark 71C air-cooled and conduction cooled 85C card-edge environments. This contrasts with alternative solutions in which the CPU’s throttle severely or are simply unable to operate at an 85C card-edge.
The CHAMP-AV9 incorporates the enhancements of the OpenVPX (VITA 65) standard with a complete suite of Data Plane, Expansion Plane, and Control Plane interfaces. With up to 14 GB/s of data plane fabric and 32 GB/s of expansion plane performance the CHAMP-AV9 has the bandwidth required to effectively harness the power of the processors.
CHAMP-AV9 Key Features:
• Extreme numerical processing for DSP and general purpose applications
• 6U OpenVPX compliant
• Two quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ processors
• Intel® AVX 2.0 256-bit floating point vector unit
• 664 CPU GFLOPs (332 per CPU) peak computing performance
• On-chip graphics execution units for additional numerical processing
• 8 Gbytes DDR3 SDRAM (25 GB/s) with ECC per processor (16 Gbytes total)
• Four 40 Gb Ethernet/Infiniband Data Plane interfaces
• 32-lane Gen3 PCI Express Expansion Plane interface supporting four 8x and two 16x ports
• Power management features
• VxWorks BSP and Linux LSP
• 6U OpenVPX™ compliant
• Non-throttling rugged air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions
Extensive Software Support
The CHAMP-AV9 is supported with an extensive suite of software including support for Wind River® VxWorks® and Linux operating environments. Additional software support includes Curtiss-Wright’s Inter-processor communications (IPC), OFED/MPI, Continuum™ Vector Intel AVX 2.0-optimized signal processing library and Continuum™ Insights Graphical Management and Debug tool.
The CHAMP-AV9 is the DSP multi-processing component of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solution’s High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) solution set that also includes FPGA modules, GPGPU’s, Mezzanine carriers, FMC and XMC IO, Fabric switching and Single Board Computers.
Pricing for the CHAMP-AV9 starts at $20,000. Availability is Q3 2013.
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About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense applications. The Defense Solutions group serves as a technology and integration partner to its customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions. Our unmatched capabilities and product breadth span from industry standard based COTS modules to complete electronic subsystems. The company’s modules and systems are currently deployed in a wide range of demanding defense & aerospace applications including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, and recording & storage solutions. Additionally, the company’s broad engineering capabilities combine systems, software, electrical, and mechanical design expertise with comprehensive program management and a broad range of life-cycle support services. For more information visit www.curtisswrightds.com.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Controls segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation and a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technologies for niche actuation and drive applications, integrated sensors and controls, and electronic subsystems internationally for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.