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Event Annoucement:


PNT CMOSS Plugfest 2021

The Program Executive Office for Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S), Project Manager Positioning Navigation & Timing (PM PNT), the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) and the C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Center, are pleased to announce the xTechPlugfest Competition also known as the PNT CMOSS Plugfest. The Army will host the PNT CMOSS Plugfest at the Open Innovation Lab (OIL) from 8 – 19 November 2021.


The PNT CMOSS Plugfest will provide non-dilutive seed prizes to select entities to attend and participate to demonstrate capabilities that currently exist for (1) CMOSS PNT cards, (2) CMOSS switch cards and (3) CMOSS chassis to meet CMOSS compliance. Ultimately 15 entities will be invited to demonstrate their technology solutions at the PNT CMOSS Plugfest event tentatively scheduled between 8-19 November 2021 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, compete for prize money and up to five (5) overall winners may be invited to submit a proposal for a follow-on prototype award for their cards and/or chassis solutions (contract amounts TBD). 

Problem Statement: The Army needs CMOSS (C5ISR/Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standards) solutions that address the overburdened vehicle platform size, weight, power and cooling (SWaP-C) shortcomings while enabling Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). Solutions need to minimize platform specific integration, and enable the fielding of subsequent capabilities (i.e., circuit card assemblies) without the need of any additional cabling or mounts.

See summary technical specifications below.  Before you register, download and review the complete details and conditions:

Eligibility Requirements 

The PNT CMOSS Plugfest is voluntary and open to all eligible entities. Each eligible entity:
  • May not be a U.S. Federal government entity or employ a U.S. Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.
  • Required to register in System for Award Management (SAM) and have or obtain an active CAGE code, DUNS number, and not be on the exclusions lists (debarred or suspended). Instructions on how to obtain a CAGE code can be found on the competition registration page.

PNT Card

Technical Specifications for PNT Card


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1. Timing cards must comply with a slot profile of SLT3x-TIM-2S1U22S1U2U1H-14.9.2-1 and a module profile of MOD3p-TIM-2S1U22S1U2U1H-16.9.2-2 as defined in ANSI/VITA 65.0 and ANSI/VITA 65.1. Connections on the front of timing cards need to be for key fill and maintenance.  

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Form Factor

2. All cards should to be Type 1, 1.0 in. pitch conduction cooled plug-in units per ANSI/VITA 48.2.  

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3. Timing cards should use the Control Plane for the VICTORY Data Bus (VDB). 

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4. Timing cards need to support a 100 MHz Radial REF_CLK and a 1 PPS Radial AUX_CLK. 

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Data Distribution

5. Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) systems should implement services to distribute PNT data for other client systems’ consumption:  
a. Position Service (POS) <VT50100-V1.9>  
b. Time Synchronization Service <VT50000-V1.9>  
c. Orientation Service <VT50200-V1.9>   
d. Direction of Travel Service <VT50300-V1.9>  
e. Assured PNT <VT61600-V1.9>

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GPS Control

6. PNT systems should implement the following services to enable remote management & control functions: a. Global Positioning Service (GPS) Receiver < VT61000-V1.8-V1.9>  


Switch Card


Technical Specifications for Switch Card 

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1. Ethernet Switch Slot Profile: SLT3-SWH-6F1U7U-14.4.14 
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2. Support for the following VICTORY interfaces:
  • Switch <VT50900-V1.9>
  • Switch Data Interface <VT50901-V1.9>
  • Switch Data Interface Network Layer and Higher Specifications <VT50901.T4-V1.7>
  • Switch Data Interface IPv4-Specific Specifications <VT50901.T5-V1.2>
  • Switch Management Interface <VT50902-V1.7>
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3. Switch cards should physically separate control plane and data plane 



Technical Specifications for Chassis 


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1. Chassis will need to support the PNT and switch card profiles as defined in this announcement.  
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2. It would be ideal for the chassis to have a minimal impact when it comes to SWaP for the product.

Additional Information 

 Standards - Additional information about the standards can be found at the following links:  

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