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Advanced Imaging Magazine

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

Rugged Cell BE Processor-based Computer


Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. announced the introduction of the PowerBlock 200 the third member of its Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor-based family of hardware products, and the first rugged device designed with the Cell BE processor. Mercury displayed a mechanical prototype to illustrate the small footprint that will contain the PowerBlock 200s tremendous processing power.

The integrated network-centric warfare environment of the 21st century will provide soldiers with the ability to access and control vast arrays of deployed sensors in real time. Delivering on this vision of instantaneous data fusion and interpretive displays of the battlefield requires enormous processing power. Deploying these applications in tanks, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees demands an unprecedented level of processing density in a ruggedized enclosure that can stand up to the harsh environmental conditions of the battlefield.

The PowerBlock 200 processing appliance is designed to deliver the raw compute power needed to propel the vision of network-centric warfare from the research laboratory into the field.

Mercury Computer Systems. Chelmsford, Mass. (

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