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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Mercury Computer Systems Brings 10th AMC to Market for AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA Platforms

via PRNewswire

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), the leading supplier of RapidIO(R)-based AdvancedTCA(R) solutions, announced availability and pending shipment of its newest Serial RapidIO-based AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card), to a customer inthe telecom equipment market. The Ensemble(TM) MPC-102 is a high-performance AMC module that combines dual-core processing power, flexible I/O, and a choice of RapidIO or PCI Express(R) connectivity for Advanced TCA andMicroTCA(R) platforms. These platforms are ideally suited for numerous applications that include telecom, radar, sonar, and image inspection. TheMPC-102 will be featured in the RapidIO Trade Association booth at the Advanced TCA Summit Europe 2007, to be held September 18-19 near Paris , France .

The dense processing capability of the dual-core Freescale(TM) 8641D, witha high core frequency, 1 MB of L2 cache per core, and integrated on-chip I/O subsystem with RapidIO, is provided in a flexible AMC form factor supporting10 Gbps raw I/O bandwidth through the RapidIO interface. The dual-core 8641D doubles the performance of Mercury's previous AMCs built on Power Architecture(TM) processors. This combination of processing density and bandwidth makes the MPC-102 ideal for telecom applications such as data communications, control, and wireless test equipment.

"We're pleased to host Mercury at the ATCA Summit, and to feature the latest Serial RapidIO-based module for the MicroTCA and Advanced TCAplatforms," said Tom Cox , Executive Director of the RapidIO Trade Association."Mercury's long-standing leadership in developing advanced performance capabilities for the embedded computing industry is exemplified by its ability to both pioneer and leverage technologies that become industry standards --such their co-development with Motorola on the RapidIO interconnect standard."

The MPC-102 is a control and signal processing AMC that provides a dual-core e600 8641D PowerPC processor at up to 1.3 GHz with up to 2 GB DDR2memory, SATA, RapidIO or PCI-E, and GigE connectivity. The module is AMC.0-compliant and designed to meet AMC.4. The SATA interface supports a HDD in the neighboring AMC bay, making this an ideal host or control node. The architecture and AltiVec vector processing units of the e600 core are compatible with Mercury's industry-leading Scientific Algorithm Library,supporting use of the MPC-102 in dense floating-point processing applications such as radar, sonar, and image inspection.

The MPC-102 8641D AMC expands the capabilities of the Mercury Ensemble family of AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA platforms to support high-density controlplane applications. The Ensemble Advanced TCA and MicroTCA platform isspecifically designed around the performance and reliability of the SerialRapidIO embedded system interconnect. Leveraging Mercury's renowned expertisein architecting and building efficient, scalable platforms for highly demanding applications in embedded computing, Ensemble delivers unprecedented levels of integration and flexibility across a broad class of heterogeneous processing architectures that includes digital signal processors,communications processors, FPGAs, and network processors.

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