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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions' New 9U OpenVPX Forced Air Cooled Development Chassis Cools > 75W per Slot

(January 17, 2012)

ASHBURN, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/12 -- Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged deployed subsystems for the aerospace, defense and commercial market, has introduced the RME9XC, a new 12-slot 9U-high development chassis designed to ease the design of 3U OpenVPX™ based systems. This air-cooled enclosure supports up to 12-slots of 3U 1" pitch payload OpenVPX cards and rear transition modules. Designed to satisfy the most extreme cooling requirements for 3U OpenVPX systems, the rackmount RME9XC chassis meets stringent ANSI/VITA 65 power and cooling requirements for air-cooled 75W 3U OpenVPX modules, delivering > 18 CFM per slot with high-pressure 3U OpenVPX payload.

The RME9XC supports OpenVPX backplanes with high-speed Gen2 switch fabric data rates up to 6.25 Gbaud. 2600 Watt power supply configurations are available for both 12V-centric and 5V-centric payload for development use.

The RME9XC chassis are the newest member of Defense Solutions' Hybricon® family of advanced COTS electronic packaging solutions. These rack mount-style enclosures support power supplies up to 2600W and provide the level of cooling required to ensure optimal performance for the most demanding high power 3U OpenVPX applications.

"These chassis are designed to support the development of the most challenging in-the-field small form factor OpenVPX-based high performance applications," said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions group. "With cooling capacity exceeding 75W per slot, the RME9XC is an ideal lab chassis for system integrators who want to deploy highly integrated advanced processor systems in harsh SWaP-constrained military environments."

The RME9XC measures 15.69" (9U) high, 18.96" wide, and 19.53" deep and weighs 77 lbs. The card cage is constructed of precision grade aluminum and utilizes (patented) Hybricon® brand CoolSlot® card guides to provide uniform air flow distribution.

RME9XC Performance Features:

  • OpenVPX REDI designed to the latest ANSI/VITA 46.0, VITA 46.3-VDSTU, VITA 46.4-VDSTU, VITA 46.6-VDSTU, VITA 46.7-VDSTU, VITA 46.8-VDSTU, ANSI/VITA 46.10, ANSI/VITA 48.0, ANSI/VITA 48.1, ANSI/VITA 65, and VITA 68 OpenVPX specifications
  • Supports 3U 12-slot 1" pitch backplane with rear transition module support
  • 12-slot 3U OpenVPX backplanes available
  • 2600W power supply configurations available for OpenVPX 12 V-centric and 5 V-centric module sets
  • Modified COTS configurations and system integration services available.

Sales & Editorial Contacts
Please contact factory for price and availability. For additional product information on the RME9XC and to download the factsheets, please visit:

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.

Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Maria Antal, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (978) 952-2017; email:

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, N.C., 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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