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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions Debuts Complete Embedded Radar Acquisition and Scan Conversion System on a Single VME Card

New SoftScan/1905 Single-Slot 6U VME Subsystem Delivers Industry-Leading Radar Acquisition and Display Capability (March 23, 2012)

ASHBURN, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/23/12 -- Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has announced the availability of SoftScan/1905, its new integrated embedded Radar Acquisition and Scan Conversion system that combines the company's unique SoftScan™ radar scan conversion software and a rugged, high performance COTS 6U VME single board computer (SBC).

"SoftScan/1905 demonstrates Curtiss-Wright's unique ability to provide radar acquisition, processing and display as a complete embedded solution," said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. "Our advanced software technology coupled with proven hardware address our customers' most demanding requirements, supporting both legacy and modern radar systems."

Advanced Graphics Hardware
SoftScan/1905 hardware comprises a 6U VME CWCDS SVME-1905 SBC and an XMC-710 graphics controller mezzanine card. The system's display controller supports dual-head graphics output on DVI-I single-link (dual-head output) or dual-link (single-head output), with resolutions up to 1600x1200 (single link) or 2560x1600 / 2048x2048 (dual-link, single head).

Powerful Radar Conversion Algorithms
The SoftScan software, which is supported on both PC-based systems for application development and embedded platforms for system deployment, uses advanced GPU-accelerated algorithms to deliver unmatched scan-conversion performance while off-loading the host processor. This enables the SBC's main processor to be primarily dedicated to the processing of the customer's computationally demanding application code. SoftScan radar scan conversion supports polar format radar data input either via its network interface from a CWCDS Radar Video Processor (RVP) server or via an optional on-board Osiris PMC radar acquisition card. Plan Position Indicator (PPI), A-scan and B-scan display formats are supported with rapid pan and zoom.

SoftScan's powerful proprietary algorithms eliminate holes or spokes in the displayed image at any range or zoom level. SoftScan also ensures that all single point targets are displayed. Multiple windows may be created, each displaying multiple radar sources, and all windows are movable and resizable in real time.

Control and API Features Ease Application Development
SoftScan is implemented as a set of libraries enabling the user to create applications with one or more windows into which rendered radar video is displayed in PPI, A-scan or B-scan format. Additional video data, such as charts and track symbology, can be added to these windows as overlay and underlay layers. The API provides real-time control of all radar display characteristics from window sizing and zooming to programmable fade and color parameters.

SoftScan/1905 Performance Features include:

  • Radar scan conversion in a single-slot 6U VME embedded form factor
  • Rugged CWCDS SVME-1905 SBC
  • XMC-710 graphics controller XMC card
  • Optional dual-channel high bandwidth radar acquisition capability
  • Optional SoftScan/RDS application software supports turnkey radar display console
  • L0, L50, L100 and L200 ruggedization levels (only L0 and L50 if radar acquisition included)

For pricing and availability information please contact the factory.

Sales & Editorial Contacts
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For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email: [email protected].

Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; email: [email protected]. Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (978) 952-2017; email: [email protected]

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense applications. CWCDS 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

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. 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. For more information, visit

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