Today’s rugged embedded applications put incredibly high demands on the components that drive them. The innovative Arm architecture enables processors to meet this challenging set of performance and size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements. Arm technology is based on reduced instruction set computing (RISC), a simplified instruction set architecture that requires fewer microprocessor cycles per instruction and fewer transistors than processors that are based on complex instruction set computing (CISC). Due to the way that Arm implements the instruction set, Arm-based processors can deliver a combination of capabilities that CISC-based processors, and even other RISC-based processors, cannot match.

Processor Performance and Power Consumption Comparison

Arm processor, Arm processing,

Arm processors are available from multiple manufacturers, including NXP, NVIDIA, Xilinx and Texas Instruments. Curtiss-Wright works closely with technology partners to select specific products employing Arm cores and offering long life availability, such as the processors in NXP’s Layerscape series that typically enjoy a lifecycle of over 15 years from product launch. Each Arm processor is carefully chosen to meet the high reliability requirements that Curtiss-Wright products demand for the long-term success of your programs.

Download our white paper to learn more about Arm processors


Arm Solutions from Curtiss-Wright

As an industry leader in rugged embedded, defense, and aerospace computing, Curtiss-Wright has put the benefits of Arm technology to work, using this high-performance processor architecture to deliver a number of firsts for the industry.

Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-1707 maximizes performance in SWaP-constrained environments, delivering Arm’s unparalleled performance per watt to rugged, 3U embedded systems.




Curtiss-Wright’s VPX3-1703 is the first DO-254 safety-certifiable single board computer (SBC) leveraging an Arm processor to bring unmatched power-to-performance capabilities to embedded applications.




Curtiss-Wright’s ultra-small, rugged DuraCOR 312 introduced new levels of high performance in a powerful, compact COTS mission computer.






NXP Gold Partner logo 

Single Board Computers


  • VPX3-1707 Single Board Computer with NXP Arm LX2160
  • VPX3-1703 LS1043A Arm Processor Safety-Certifiable SBC
  • VPX3-673 LS1043A Arm Processor SBC for Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT)


Rugged Systems

  • DuraCOR 312 Rugged Miniature Modular Mission Computer with NVIDIA Jetson Tegra X2i
  • DuraCOR 310 Miniature Rugged Mission Computer with Quad-core NXP i.XM6
  • DBH-672 Digital Beachhead Rugged 16-port GbE Switch and Vehicle Processor
  • DBH-670 Digital Beachhead Ethernet Switch and Vehicle Management Computer


The Curtiss-Wright Advantage

Our complete line of NXP-based COTS modules is engineered for rugged deployed SWaP-constrained platforms.

  • Architecting the Complete COTS System Solution: we support a wide variety of operating systems on our boards, complete with module drivers and middleware, designed to enable quick development
  • Pin-compatibility: we invest to enable technology insertion from generation to generation to offer you the latest technology with minimal risk
  • Modified COTS: we can take our COTS products and modify them to meet the needs of a particular program, saving you time and money while reducing your program risk
  • Safety and Security: we have a broad selection of COTS modules and systems designed to DO-254 and DO-178 standards and offering security features such as Arm Trustzone® and NXP Secure Boot and Trust Architecture
Connect With Curtiss-Wright Connect With Curtiss-Wright Connect With Curtiss-Wright


Contact our sales team today to learn more about our products and services.





Our support team can help answer your questions - contact us today.