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

Mercury Computer Systems Introduces VXS Multicomputer System

via PRNewswire

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury ComputerSystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced it has expanded the PowerStream (R)integrated multicomputer family with the PowerStream 6100, the industry's first 6U VME system based on the Serial RapidIO(R) interconnect fabric and compliant with the VXS (VITA 41.2) form factor standard. At 761 GFLOPS and 42GB/s sustained fabric throughput, the PowerStream 6100 sets a new record for performance available in the VME form factor.

The performance of key portions of signals intelligence and radar applications today are limited by fabric throughput capability, as sampling rates continue to increase in data acquisition devices. The addition of SerialRapid IO to the VME platform can nearly quadruple the amount of bandwidth that can be sampled by signals intelligence systems when compared to today's RACE++(R) fabric-enabled VME systems, the highest performing open-standard systems currently on the market. Similarly, VXS (VITA 41) can increase the number of radar/SIGINT antenna channels in a given system by nearly four times.

Further, RapidIO can transmit data in both directions simultaneously, so application performance could increase by almost eight times when compared with fabric-enabled VME solutions available today. A key measure of fabric connectivity is bisection bandwidth which improves to 24 GB/s with the PowerStream 6100 -- greater than ten times better than today's highest performing VME system. These improvements directly translate into a smaller system footprint, lower cost, reduced power consumption, and/or higher performance for military sensor manufacturers.

The PowerStream 6100 incorporates the recently announced Mercury Momentum(TM) Series VPA-200 dual-PowerPC 7448 VXS host/PMC carrier module, and the Echotek(TM) Series 3000T and 5000T RF radio frequency tuner modules. With additional VXS-compliant modules and robust system software, the PowerStream 6100 expands Mercury's multicomputer offering and fulfills the strategic vision articulated in the course of Mercury's acquisitions of Advanced RadioCorp., Momentum Computer and Echotek Corp.

Today's announcement includes the following system component modules: * PowerQUICC 8540 VME host controller and dual-PMC carrier. * Echotek Series ECV4-4 quad-channel, wideband A/D receiver and FPGA compute module based on the Xilinx Virtex-4 processor. * High Compute Density (HCD) Card with Quad PowerPC 7448 processors that provide 761 GFLOPS when configured with 68 1.4-GHz processors. * Serial RapidIO Fabric Switch Card supporting inter-board switching between 18 VXS payload cards at a sustained system throughput exceeding 42 GB/s. The Fabric Switch Card is based upon Mercury's recently announced MC432 RapidIO switch semiconductor solution. * A comprehensive family of fully integrated PMC I/O cards that provide basic I/O and other functions: Fibre channel, MIL-STD 1553, Flash memory, non-volatile storage, bulk memory expansion, video capture, video display, CameraLink, IRIG, GPS, A/D and D/A (in addition to our own Echotek Series), serial controllers, parallel GPIO, SCSI, Asynchronous Transfer Mode, Firewire, Serial FPDP, Gigabit Ethernet, RACEway and more.

"The VXS market has emerged somewhat slowly in the form of miscellaneous standalone modules and components -- an FPGA card here, a host card there," remarked Jonathan Schonfeld , Vice President of Market Development for Mercury's Defense business. "The PowerStream 6100 greatly simplifies the task of integrating and deploying compute infrastructure for our military contractor customers by offering data acquisition, mixed-signal, DSP, FPGA,and I/O modules seamlessly integrated in a COTS multicomputer. This functionality was not available in the VXS form factor prior to today."

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