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PALO ALTO , Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan presented Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRCY) with the 2006 Aerospace & Defense Computer Product Innovation of the Year Award for developing the PowerBlock(TM) 200, a compact and powerful signal processing appliance designed for commercial and military sensor applications.
Mercury, as an important supplier of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS),high-performance embedded computing solutions, helps major defense contractors to effectively meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Mercury provides component-level and system-level solutions that span hardware, software, silicon IP, services, and systems for a range of challenging applications that include radar and sonar signal processing, seismic processing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography(CT). Mercury serves customers worldwide through a broad network of directsales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors.
"While its defense systems process radar, sonar, imagery, and communications signals and enable wireless networks, as well as transformsensor data to information for analysis and interpretation, its medicalsystems assist in faster processing of magnetic resonance, tomography, and X-ray images," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Bradley Curran .
Particularly, the PowerBlock 200 (http://www.mc.com/powerblock200 ), whichcomes with 200 GFLOPS of signal processing capacity in a small and ruggedpackage, will propel the advancement of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications that involve intensive computations. This breakthrough in performance density could have a major impact on the U.S. homeland security operations and aid infaster realization of network-centric warfare goals.
The PowerBlock 200 is credited to be the first rugged device designed withthe Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor. With a processing capacity equal to 12-20 PowerPC processors or 45 Intel Pentium 4 processors, in about a one-half cubic foot rugged chassis, the PowerBlock 200 provides the processing performance to propel battlefield visualization and decision aids computingpower solutions devised in research laboratories out to tactical vehicles inthe field.