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Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Parvus is a business unit of Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division, a long established technology leader in the development of rugged highly engineered solutions for defense applications, including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, and recording & storage solutions. Parvus' main facilities are located 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport (see driving directions).

For more than 30 years, Parvus products have provided reliable embedded solutions for aerospace, defense, transportation, and industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Parvus products specialize in rugged embedded computing and communication subsystems for Size, Weight, and Power-Cost (SWaP-C)-constrained military, aerospace, and homeland defense applications. Parvus Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) tactical mission processors, network routers, Ethernet switches and embedded board-level products provide highly reliable command, control, computing and communication (C4) capabilities for situational awareness and mobile data processing in airborne, ground vehicle, and shipboard deployments. 

Certified to ISO 9001:2001 and AS9100 aerospace quality standards (view certificate), Parvus leverages extensive expertise in systems integration, electrical/mechanical design, and MIL environmental qualification together with a complete line of rugged embedded computer boards and enclosures to minimize cost, ensure high reliability and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Parvus recognizes applicable U.S. export jurisdiction and maintains an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance program. The company is registered with the U.S. State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC) for export of defense articles as well as with the U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for export control of its dual-use Export Administration Regulations (EAR) products.

Rugged Military Computer and Communication SubsystemsParvus/Curtiss-Wright is a Cisco Systems Registered Partner and Solution Technology Integrator (STI) for the hardware design and integration of the Cisco 5915 Embedded Services Router (ESR), Cisco ESS 2020 switch, Cisco IE-3000 switch, Cisco 4948E switch, Cisco 2955T-12 and other IOS-managed networking solutions. Parvus works with Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Global Government Solutions Group (GGSG) to ruggedize and take to market various Cisco-based technologies for deployment in harsh military and civil environments.harsh military and civil environments (extreme temperature, vibration, shock, ingress, EMI/EMC).

Markets Served
Parvus serves a large, diverse group of military and commercial prime and subcontractors developing intelligent, rugged and ruggedized computing and communications electronics for harsh field environments. Parvus has strong customer relationships with numerous US government primes, military branches, aeronautics, transportation, energy and telecommunications giants. Key customers include L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing Company, BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, among others.

Because of the broad applications for embedded computing technology, Parvus products can be found on land, air, and sea, performing system monitoring, datalogging, diagnostics, communication, and vetronics subsystem control. Typical customers outsource their complete computer hardware platform to Parvus, along with BIOS and device driver support. This partnership enables customers to not de-focus from their core competencies or end application software development.

Platform Experience

737-900 Jet Airliner, AAV-7A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle, Abrams M1A2 Main Battle Tank, AC-130H Spectre Gunship, AH-64 Apache Helicopter, AH/MH-6 Littlebird, B1-B Lancer Bomber, CH-47 Chinook, Chemical Biological Protective Shelters, DDG-1000 Zumwalt Destroyer, EA-6B Prowler, E4-B NAOC, Excalibur Tactical VTOL UAV, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), F-14 Tomcat Fighter, F-15 Eagle Fighter, F-22 Raptor Stealthfighter,  Fire-X Vertical Unmanned Aircraft, GoldenEye 80 (GE-80), HMMWV Line of Sight Antitank (LOSAT), Improvised Explosive Detection (IED) Systems, Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), LCS Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, M48 Chaparral Surface to Air Missile System, Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), MH-60 LAMPS MK III Seahawk, MM-104 Patriot Surface-to-Air Missile System, MQ-1 Predator Drone, Nimitz Aircraft Carriers, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, Optical Radar Intrudor Detection Systems, P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft, P-8 Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA), QF-4 Phantom Jet Interceptor, Remote Operations Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER), RQ-5 Hunter UAS, RSD Husky Mine Detecting Vehicle, Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) Radar, T-38 Talon Trainer,  UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter, Ultra Long Distance Scientific Balloon (ULDB), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R), Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T)

Products and Services

Parvus specializes in rapid turnkey subsystems integration and development services, designing complete embedded computer systems tailor-made to customer requirements through the use of off-the-shelf building blocks and the company’s seasoned in-house engineering, testing, and production expertise. To facilitate the process for rapid concept to prototype to production, Parvus operates a mechanical and printed circuit board (PCB) assembly line, computer numerical control (CNC) machine shop, injection molding, vacuum forming, and rapid prototyping equipment, as well as environmental testing chambers at its Salt Lake City facilities.

Typical customer projects require low power consumption, high reliability, and tolerance to harsh environmental requirements (MIL-STD, NEMA, RTCA/DO), including high vibration, shock, altitude, extreme temperatures, electromagnetic interference, nuclear/chemical survivability, salt, fog, humidity, water, dirt, and/or explosive decompression. To minimize expense, these systems are typically based on open architecture PC/104, PC/104-Plus and PCI-104 products compatible with popular real-time operating systems (RTOSs), including Windows CE, XP embedded, Linux, QNX, and VxWorks. This robust, off-the-shelf product line includes:

  1. Rugged Processor Systems (Vehicle Mission Computers)
  2. Rugged Mobile Routers 
  3. Rugged Ethernet Switches
  4. Industrial Grade Board-Level PC/104 Modules (CPU, I/O, and Power Supply Boards, Enclosures)

Parvus’ boards and systems are typically based on standards-based embedded PC technology. PC/104 is the computer technology standard that adapts widely available Personal Computer (PC) technology and bus architecture for use in embedded microcomputer systems. This type of PC-compatible circuit board (or module) can be used as a complete stand-alone computer or stacked together as components for larger systems. Many types of PC/104 products are available, including single board computers (CPU boards), video controllers and frame grabbers, network interfaces (GigE, 1553), GPS and wireless modules, high-speed serial buses controllers, data acquisition boards, and other specialized interfaces.

PC/104 is characterized by its small form-factor (3.550" x 3.775"), stackable 104-pin-and-socket ISA (PC/AT) bus connector, low power consumption and lack of a backplane. Three popular derivatives of PC/104 include PC/104-Plus, which adds a 120-pin PCI bus connector, PCI-104 (a PCI-only version), PCIe104 (PCI-Express bus), and PCI/104-Express (PCI + high-speed PCI Express).

PC/104 technology dramatically improves time-to-market for embedded systems development, since it leverages the same readily available development tools used with personal desktop computers. Its compact size, durability, expandability, and reliability make it an ideal solution for embedded computing. More than 200 vendors worldwide supply hardware, software, and engineering services to support the growing PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PCI-104, PCIe104, and PCI/104-Express standards.

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