Curtiss-Wright Controls Showcases VITA 46/48 Embedded Systems at DSEi

9/14/2005 - Controls Embedded Computing, a leading supplier of embedded boards and systems for military and aerospace applications, and Elma Electronic, an industry expert in high-performance system platforms, announced that the first prototype of an embedded system based on the upcoming VITA 46 and VITA 48 standards. The units will be on display at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition & Conference (DSEi), September 13-16, in Excel, London, UK.

“Curtiss-Wright Controls and Elma Electronic are very excited to be able to showcase the industry’s first prototype of an ATR system based on the VITA 46 and VITA 48 standards at DSEi 2005,” said Tom Quinly, president of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. “Military and aerospace system designers need the combination of high speed interconnectivity, switched fabric support, two-level maintenance, and superior cross-vendor interoperability that these standards offer.”

“Continuing our history of innovation and leadership in high-performance backplane and chassis design, the Elma team is proud to introduce the first prototypes of VITA 46 system platforms with Curtiss-Wright Controls,” said Fred Hirsch, General Manager of Elma Bustronic, the backplane division of Elma Electronic in the USA.

VITA 46 and VITA 48, being developed and defined by the VMEbus International Trade Associaton’s (VITA) VITA Standards Organization (VSO), is a comprehensive effort that defines the next major evolutionary advance in open architecture, standards-based embedded computing. At DSEi, attendees will have the first opportunity to view prototypes of an ATR chassis, backplane and CPU board that implement VITA 46 and VITA 48 features. The prototypes will be available for viewing at Curtiss-Wright Controls' booth #1633 and at Elma Electronic's booth #1134.

While maintaining backward compatibility with legacy VME technology via preservation of the VMEbus 6U mechanical form factor and through-mapping of the current VMEbus signals to the VITA 46 connectors, VITA 46 and VITA 48 technologies bring the following highly anticipated features to reality while maintaining ability to interoperate with existing VME technology boards:

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. More info: Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail:

About Elma Electronic
Elma Electronic Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of enclosures, backplanes, cabinets, cases, and "ready-to-run" packaging for ATCA, CPCI, Rugged COTS, VME/64x, VXI, PC and custom bus structures. Elma's component product line offers a wide selection of top quality switches knobs and LED arrays. The company has been a worldwide supplier of dependable, high performance products for over 35 years. Elma operates three facilities in the continental United States plus has locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, and Israel. Elma Electronic Inc. is located at 44350 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 USA. Telephone (510) 656-3400 - Fax (510)656-3783.

About Elma Bustronic
Founded in 1989, Elma Bustronic specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance backplanes. Elma Bustronic has a complete line of industry-standard backplanes, including AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, VME, VME64x, VME320, H.110 CTEL, and VXI. Elma Bustronic’s custom design service combines creative engineering, highly sophisticated computer simulation and modern design techniques to offer customized backplanes that meet the most specialized system requirements. A member of the ELMA Electronic group, Elma Bustronic is located in Fremont, California. Elma Bustronic is a member of PICMGTM, VITA, and the StarFabric Trade Association.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). 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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