The F/A-22 Common Integrated Processor is the first fully integrated avionics processing system.
Developed as “the brain” of the Air Force's F/A-22 avionics system, the F/A-22 CIP packs the processing punch of two Cray supercomputers and represents a breakthrough in modern processing systems. The modular, fault-tolerant F/A-22 CIP configuration employs up to 66 PowerPC and i960-based signal and data processor modules, all interconnected for efficient sharing of computational tasks. Information is fused into a clear, concise picture of the combat situation. Such computing dramatically reduces pilot workload, allowing the pilot to focus on winning air-to-air combat and returning unscathed from battle.
The F/A-22 CIP features an advanced high-speed computer that conforms to the Joint Integrated Avionics Working Group and Pave Pillar guidelines. Key technologies include fiber optic external interfaces to enable high-speed data transfer, ultra high density packaging to meet sizing constraints, and a real-time operating system to support secure information handoff. Using a heterogeneous, switch-based architecture, the F/A-22 CIP hosts mission processing and sensor fusion; radar signal and data processing; integrated electronic warfare processing; and integrated communications, navigation and identification processing applications.
The F/A-22 CIP's planned evolution includes two low-risk upgrades. The first, the CIP 2000 program, currently contracted through the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin, will further reduce the CIP's already attractive price. The second upgrade improves the CIP's impressive processing performance to meet mission growth requirements.