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05 October 2016

AUSA 2016: Curtiss-Wright Shows Rugged PSU3-THOR Power Supply

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division at booth #319 introduced the company's first 3Uembedded power supply that also delivers system I/O expansion without increasing slot count.

The rugged PSU3-THOR power supply combines dual XMC mezzanine slot expansion and a 6-port PCI Express (PCIe) Gen2 switch all in a single 3U VPX slot unit. It enables system designers to provide 285 or 485 watts of power to support today’s demanding deployed applications while simultaneously reducing their 3U VPX system’s size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) envelope. The PSU3-THOR’s built-in 24-lane 6-port PCIe switch provides the backplane interface for its dual XMC sites while eliminating the need for a separate XMC carrier or switch card. The power supply’s PCIe switch also provides up to four extra x4 PCIe ports, significantly expanding overall system I/O. The PSU3-THOR power supply is ideal for use in today’s latest generation of high performance small form factor 3U based embedded systems. It also provides a compelling solution for expanding the capabilities of legacy 3U systems through technology refresh.

Many of our customers face the daunting challenge of reducing the size of their embedded subsystems while deploying more power and I/O hungry processing performance,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Over the last 5 years, we have seen average system size requirements decrease by up to 40%, while the power required for the latest technology has increased over 50%. That’s what makes our new PSU-THOR power supply a breakthrough for system integrators. It’s the industry’s first 3U form factor power supply to deliver XMC card expansion and a 6-port PCIe Gen2 switch all in a single compact unit.”