Mercury Computer Introduces RapidIO-based Multicomputer System

4/2/2003 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRCY), announced at the Global Signal Processing Expo (GSPx) its ImpactRTTM 3100, the first scalable, high-performance, signal and image processing system based on the open-standard RapidIO® interconnect architecture. Combining next-generation PowerPC® technology and the RapidIO communications switch fabric, the ImpactRT 3100 system more than quadruples the performance of the current ImpactRT systems while maintaining backward compatibility with existing application software.

"The ImpactRT 3100 system combines Mercury’s recognized leadership in multiprocessor architecture and software with the most powerful emerging technologies to create a new benchmark in embedded computing power," said Richard Jaenicke, director of product marketing, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "This system demonstrates that RapidIO in Mercury’s computing architecture provides a clear growth path for customers demanding ever greater processing power, and sets a new standard for cost-optimized performance."

Each chassis in the ImpactRT 3100 system scales to 2.4 TeraOPS of processing power, as compared to the current ImpactRT S500 system that scales to 0.5 TeraOPS. The new ImpactRT 3100 system balances the massive processing power with up to 10 GB/s of input data and 60 GB/s of interprocessor bandwidth to solve the most demanding commercial applications in markets such as medical imaging and semiconductor imaging. Communications bottlenecks are eliminated with a RapidIO communications link to each processor node.

Mercury’s industry-leading multiprocessor graphical development and debugging tools, such as the TATLTM multiprocessor trace analysis tool and library, enable the development of complex, real-time applications on the ImpactRT 3100. Multiprocessor communication libraries and algorithm libraries convert ‘islands of processing power’ into a single, parallel processing system that increases throughput and reduces latency. Software for the ImpactRT 3100 system is compatible with Mercury’s current RACE++ Series software, maintaining the existing application programming interfaces (APIs) and development tool chain.

The ImpactRT 3000 product line is the first in a series of RapidIO-enabled product lines from Mercury. Based on the CompactPCI form factor, ImpactRT systems are optimized for cost-effective performance in commercial environments. Future systems will address applications in harsh environments and those requiring other form factors.

Mercury’s ImpactRT 3100 system will ship in the second quarter of this calendar year to early access customers and will be more broadly available in the second half of this calendar year.

About RapidIO
RapidIO is an open-standard, high-performance, packet-switched interconnect architecture that addresses the high-performance, embedded computing industry’s need for reliability, increased bandwidth, and faster bus speeds in an intra-system interconnect. The RapidIO interconnect allows chip-to-chip and board-to-board communications at performance levels scaling to tens of Gigabits/s and beyond. The initial RapidIO concept was the result of collaboration between Mercury Computer Systems and Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS). Forty-six companies are now members of the RapidIO Trade Association, which is responsible for developing enhancements to the standard. For more information, visit the RapidIO Trade Association web site at

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
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’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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