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

Mercury Computer Systems Brings the Cell BE Processor to the PC Workstation Architecture

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BOSTON , July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ: MRCY) announced the Mercury Cell Accelerator Board (CAB), its latest Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor-based product offering, at SIGGRAPH2006 (Booth #828, Hall A). The Mercury CAB is the first product with Cell Technology for commercially available PC workstations.

"We have been actively working with customers to migrate data-intensive applications to the Cell BE processor since late last year," said Randy Dean , Vice President, Business and Technology Development at Mercury. "With the CAB, customers can achieve supercomputer-like performance right inside their workstation."

Featuring the Mercury MultiCore Plus(TM) Advantage, the CAB is designed to deliver an unprecedented 180 GFLOPS of performance in a PCI Express(R) ATXform factor suitable for compute-intensive applications such as rendering, raytracing, video and image processing, and signal processing.

The CAB extends the portfolio of Mercury Cell BE processor-based products, including the BladeCenter(R)-compatible Dual Cell-Based Blade, the 1U BladeServer, and the highly rugged and deployable PowerBlock(TM) 200 product-- each of which offers a Cell BE processor-based solution. When deploying the CAB, customers can leverage the Mercury MultiCore Plus Advantage, including available software development tools and libraries such as the MultiCore Framework (MCF), optimized Scientific Algorithm Library (SAL), and the Mercury Trace Analysis Tool and Library (TATL(TM)).

As with Mercury's other Cell BE processor-based offerings, the CAB supports Linux via a Yellow Dog(TM) Linux BSP (board support package) from Terra Soft Solutions.

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