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

Mercury Computer Systems Ships Industry's Highest Performing XMC Digital Receiver

via PRNewswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury ComputerSystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), the market share leader in COTS modules for aerospace and defense applications, announced its new Echotek(TM) Series ECV4-2 family of mixed-signal PMC and XMC (the next-generation PMC) modules at theBus & Board Conference in Long Beach, CA. The ECV4-2, with input clock capability up to 1.5 GHz, is the highest performing digital receiver in an XMCform factor in the industry.

Echotek Series products lead the mixed-signal industry in extracting clearsignals from electronic clutter, forming a bridge between the realms of analogsignals and digital processing. After an analog signal is received by anantennae or other sensor, it must be digitized and manipulated into a formamenable to signal processing. The challenge, and the key to successfulapplications, is to manage this transformation in real time while maintainingthe integrity of the original signal.

"The ECV4-2 is unique in delivering powerful and flexible Virtex(TM)-4based digital receiver capability in a space-efficient PMC/XMC form factor,"said Gary J. Turchetta, General Manager of the Echotek Product Group atMercury. "It also continues the Echotek tradition of delivering the finestsignal integrity available anywhere, as measured by SNR (signal-to-noiseratio) or SFDR (spur-free dynamic range)."

Multi-module configurations can be created supporting synchronizedreceiver functions, optimized for beamforming and direction-finding asrequired by radar, SIGINT, ELINT, medical imaging and communications. Thereare more than a dozen members of the Echotek Series ECV4-2 family, eachproviding unique I/O connectivity and functionality. Every model is configuredwith a specific set of A/D or D/A converters addressing a defined bandwidthand frequency for data conversion. Both PMC and XMC modules are available intwo- and four-channel versions, with A/D, D/A, and transceiver configurations.

Processing power is delivered by a Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-4 FPGA (field-programmable gate array). This FPGA allows users to run customized algorithmssuch as digital down/up conversion (wideband or narrowband), Fast FourierTransforms (FFTs), and filtering directly on the ECV4-2. Modules are availablein air-cooled or conduction-cooled versions.

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