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

Mercury Computer Systems Delivers Reconfigurable Computing Solution that Cuts Signal Processing Footprint in Half

via PRNewswire

CHELMSFORD, Mass., July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced the availability of its reconfigurable computing variant of the Mercury PowerStream(R) 7000 multicomputer. The PowerStream 7000 FCN (FPGA Compute Node) can incorporate up to 69 Xilinx(R)seven-million-gate field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) connected by a RapidIO(R) switch fabric, enabling twice the processing performance in the same system footprint.

Mercury Computer Systems recently delivered the PowerStream 7000 FCN to Lockheed Martin for use with the Aegis Weapon System it developed for the U.S.Navy.

"Processing speed is critical to the sailors who rely on our systems when they sail in harm's way," said Jim Judd , Director of Processor and Digital Systems Design at Lockheed Martin's MS2 business. "In addition to speed, we continue to seek solutions that use less space on ships and take advantage of open architecture design."

The reconfigurable computing option includes up to 46 10-Gigabit fiber connections directly to the FPGAs, in addition to the 320 Gigabits/s of I/O available in the base configuration. With this combination of massive computing and I/O capability, the PowerStream 7000 FCN is designed to solve some of the toughest signal and image processing challenges in high-end intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications.

"Customers deploying advanced applications in a number of areas have found FPGAs to be a great processing complement to improve performance within their target size, weight, or power envelope," said Craig Lund , Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mercury Computer Systems. "We are really excited about the customer interest we have seen in this reconfigurable system for synthetic aperture radar, ground-moving target indicator applications,low-latency IP packet analysis and reconstruction for signals intelligence, and other areas."

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