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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. For more information, visit

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  • editor's comments:- April 2013 - Among other things Curtiss-Wright Controls makes flash SSDs and data recorders for the rugged embedded and military markets. Many of these products are daughterboards which fit onto a single board computer - but some are SSD systems too.

    For alternative suppliers of similar products take a look at the companies mentioned in these links and directories:- military storage, 1 inch (and smaller) SSDs and data recorders
Curtiss-Wright recent milestones in SSD market history

In November 2008 - Curtiss-Wright launched 2 new flash SSDs in PMC / XMC form factors with upto 32GB capacity. Each card contains 2 independent SATA SSDs with upto 30MB/s throughput. For maximum throughput (50MB/s) the 2 drives can be run in RAID 0 mode.

In July 2009 - Curtiss-Wright launched the VPX3-FSM a rugged 256GB encrypted SLC flash SSD in a 3U VPX form factor module. Aimed at integrators in the aerospace and defense markets, the conduction-cooled SSD can be configured to appear to the host as 4 separate 64GB SATA drives or as a single drive with hardware RAID0 support. It's rated at 160MB/s memory R/W when configured as RAID0, and 75MB/s per port in a JBOD configuration.

In December 2010 - Curtiss-Wright launched the XMC-552 - a rugged 256GB XMC/PMC form factor SATA SSD with 200MB/s throughput, fast purge (in 4 seconds), bad block blocking and 128-bit AES encryption - for defense and aerospace applications.

In June 2012 - Curtiss-Wright announced a new version of its rugged FC compatible SSD the SANbric which supports just under 5TB and weighs about 5 lbs.

In April 2013 - Curtiss-Wright announced the availability of conduction cooled secure 1TB SATA SLC SSD modules for use in its rugged 4 port NAS module which is designed to fit on an ARINC tray.
In the late 1980's I noticed that my defense and intelligence customers would, whenever they left their offices, unplug the removable disk shuttles from their workstations and lock them in solid filing cabinets which were built like safes with two heavy duty padlocks. Since there were armed guards on the gates going into those establishments, and electrified fences I knew they weren't worried about burglars
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real-time helicopter data - case study by Curtiss-Wright
Editor:- July 21, 2015 - Curtiss-Wright recently published an applications note (pdf) which describes an 8TB rugged flash SSD based data recorder providing real-time sensor recording and playback capabilities (with multiple 200MB/s channels) for a helicopter platform which uses the company's COTS network storage boxes. the paper (pdf)

Editor's comments:- The most useful thing about this paper is it gives you an idea of the physical size and throughput if you've got something similar in mind.

The main thing which has changed with this type of application for SSDs in recent decades is the size, storage capacity, power consumption and price. (Sensors stay pretty much the same.)

For a comparison (of memory types and interfaces in rugged "mobile" SSD based data recorders) take a look at this story from 1988 - TMS History of Working With the US DoD (pdf)

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