Mercury Computer Systems Expands PCI Systems into Increasingly Demanding Embedded Markets

10/1/2002 - Mercury Computer Systems announced its RACE++® Series VantageRT® HCD (High Compute Density) system that provides the embedded computing industry with the most powerful and scalable PCI-based solutions yet available for digital signal and image processing.

Scaling up to 256 GFLOPS, VantageRT HCD systems double the processing power previously available in a PCI-based system. Originally designed for medical imaging applications, VantageRT systems now meet application requirements of additional markets including semiconductor wafer inspection, ground-based radar, and image exploitation.

"We’re extremely pleased with the market penetration of our expanded family of VantageRT products," said Richard Jaenicke, director of product marketing, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "As we conclude our beta testing phase, we already have received orders totaling more than $5 million for production systems."

"The VantageRT HCD brings unparalleled image processing power to a standard PCI form factor," said Mark Skalabrin, vice president and general manager, OEM Solutions Group, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "By combining the cost advantages of the standard PCI environment with the processing power and scalability of the VantageRT HCD and our new PixL Image Processing Algorithm Library, OEM customers can rapidly and cost effectively bring new high-performance applications to market."

The new system extends Mercury’s PCI-based VantageRT product family, increasing compute density by combining the RACE++ interconnect architecture with four Motorola 500-MHz PowerPC® 7410 microprocessors on each PCI module. The VantageRT HCD system scales up to 64 G4 processors working together in an industrial PC chassis delivering up to 256 billion floating-point operations per second (GFLOPS) of processing power. The VantageRT HCD offers the most processing power currently available on the market for a PCI system. The full scalability of the VantageRT HCD system is enabled by the RACE++ switch fabric. Each processor gets a connection to the RACE++ interconnect, which provides multiple, concurrent communications between processors. Each module has three over-the-top RACE++ ports, maintaining the balance between processing power and interprocessor communication bandwidth – a hallmark of all RACE++ systems.

The VantageRT HCD compute nodes are identical to those used in Mercury’s VME and CompactPCI systems, so they run the same real-time software. It is supported by Mercury’s real-time software environment, including an integrated development environment, multiprocessor communications libraries, and algorithm libraries optimized for the AltiVec vector-processing engine.

The VantageRT product family meets the needs of applications requiring the power of a RACE-based multiprocessor system without the rugged environmental constraints where VME-based solutions are usually deployed. VantageRT products are widely used in a number of commercial applications including medical imaging, digital television, and industrial inspection. VantageRT systems are also used in protected environments in defense applications such as simulations and ground stations.

The VantageRT HCD is available 60 days upon receipt of order.

About Mercury Computer Systems
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading producer of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury’s products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury is developing commercial wireless communications solutions in areas such as WCDMA multi-user detection and smart antennas. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, CT, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe, and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

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