20 Dec 07. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing and P.A. Semi, Inc. have partnered to deliver high performance, low-power rugged multicomputer VMEbus-based signal processing boards based on P.A. Semi’s dual-core PA6T-1682M PWRficient™ processor. The new CHAMP-AV5 with the low-power, high performance PWRficient processor delivers 100 percent better board-level performance-per-watt than the previous CHAMP board. Curtiss-Wright’s first PWRficient processor-based DSP board, the CHAMP-AV5, a 6U VME 64x design combines the breakthrough performance and power savings of two 2GHz dual-core 1682 processors with a reconfigurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA co-processor to achieve approximately 100 percent greater performance/Watt compared to earlier board-level DSP engine designs. The CHAMP-AV5 is ideal for upgrading existing signal processing systems that require significantly improved DSP performance. The CHAMP-AV5 is fully supported by Curtiss-Wright‘s Continuum system software solutions including the Continuum InterProcessor Communications Library (IPC) and the Continuum Vector Library. Both software packages are fully backwards compatible with previous generation cards to facilitate a smooth transition path for upgrading the system. In addition, Continuum Insights, a software package specifically designed and delivered for addressing system and software development challenges across a multicomputer, will also be available for the CHAMP-AV5.