Mercury Computer Multicomputers Integrated into Navy’s SHARP System

4/9/2003 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced that its RACE++® Series conduction-cooled multicomputers have been designed into the digital reconnaissance camera component of the Navy’s SHAred Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) system by Recon/Optical, a principal supplier of sophisticated reconnaissance imaging systems for industrial and military applications. The SHARP system, which has entered a new round of low-rate initial production, is an all-weather medium- and high-altitude electro-optical and infrared digital reconnaissance capability currently utilized by the F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets. Mercury has received orders totaling about $1 million for RACE++ systems to be delivered between FY03Q4 and FY04Q2. Additional orders are expected.

Mercury’s RACE++ conduction-cooled multicomputers have been incorporated into the design of Recon/Optical’s dual spectral band aerial reconnaissance camera, a key component of the SHARP system. The RACE++ VME multicomputers will perform image and data processing on the sensor platform, enabling near real-time reconnaissance. The digital camera has the ability to produce both infrared and visible spectrum images simultaneously. Mercury’s conduction-cooled systems enable the camera to be deployed in the extremely harsh environments often encountered during reconnaissance missions.

Photographs of the ROI CA-279 dual-spectrum camera and images photographed by the camera are available on Mercury’s web site at and Additional information about Recon/Optical, Inc. is available at Additional information about Mercury’s RACE++ Series conduction-cooled systems is available on its products page.

About Recon/Optical, Inc.
Recon/Optical, Inc. has been in operation since 1922. As a multifaceted, high-technology company, it is a principal supplier of sophisticated tactical and long-range reconnaissance imaging systems, infrared framing and scanning systems, weapon mounts and stabilization systems, opto-mechanical and electro-optical sighting systems, and military and industrial optics. Recon/Optical is a subsidiary of Bourns, Inc. of Riverside California, a world leader in electronic components. Recon/Optical headquarters are located in Barrington, Illinois, with domestic offices in Riverside, California and Washington D.C., and representatives worldwide.

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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