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Curtiss-Wright Controls Is 1st to License NGC's AFT Cooling Technology for Use in Embedded Aerospace & Defense Systems

  • AFT System's Rugged, Sealed Modules Boost Cooling, Support Two-Level Maintenance for In-the-Field Replacement and Upgrades

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a leading supplier of deployed modules and subsystems for the aerospace and defense C4ISR market, has announced that it has licensed Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) recently patented air-flow-through (AFT) cooling technology for use in CWCDS's rugged, deployed embedded systems. Compliant with the new ANSI/VITA 48.5-2010 standard, CWCDS will offer Northrop Grumman's AFT cooling technology, which uses highly rugged, sealed processor modules, on several of its VPX (VITA 46/48/65) systems for use in dense, high performance systems such as those deployed in C4ISR applications, including SIGINT, ELINT, COMINT and radar processing.

Northrop Grumman's AFT technology (U.S. Patent Number 7,995,346) improves the air cooling of advanced electronic modules through the use of a compact core style heat exchanger design that significantly increases the cooling efficiency of removable electronic modules such as VPX (VITA 46/48) cards. CWCDS will offer Northrop Grumman's AFT cooling technology on its wide range of rugged fully integrated VPX-based embedded systems. This new advanced thermal management approach provides a highly efficient open standards-based cooling method that ensures optimal performance from densely integrated host boards and mezzanine modules. In addition, AFT modules are sealed in rugged "shells" that support Two-Level Maintenance, for in-the-field replacement of individual card assemblies without requiring specialized technicians or the removal of the entire sub-system to ensure safe module replacement or technology upgrades.


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"We are very excited to be the first embedded COTS vendors to announce the licensing of Northrop Grumman's new AFT cooling technology," said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. "It is a great addition to our current range of advanced thermal solutions, joining the forced air, conduction, spray cooling and liquid cooled heat frame technologies we currently provide to our military customers."

"This innovation opens the door to developing more powerful, rugged electronic systems across the military and commercial electronics fields," said Pat Antkowiak, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Advanced Concepts and Technologies Division. "This improvement in a key method of cooling electronic modules can serve a wide variety of applications."

Source : Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW)

Published on ASDNews: Apr 20, 2012

 

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