Mercury’s PowerStream 7000 Multicomputer Delivers TeraFLOP Performance

1/15/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) established new benchmarks for scalable embedded systems performance density and data bandwidth with the introduction of its PowerStream® 7000 multicomputing system. Its 150 GFLOPS/cubic foot of processing power underscores Mercury’s commitment to enabling deployable processing solutions close to the sensor, where they yield the most benefit to the warfighter. Based on the industry-standard RapidIO® interconnect architecture, the PowerStream 7000 system provides a 700% increase in bisection data bandwidth and a 70% increase in computational density, compared to earlier systems. This bandwidth improvement enables deployment of new, higher-resolution adaptive signal processing algorithms that serve the ever-increasing need for quick and accurate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

"Mercury’s unrivaled strategic focus on research and development for the embedded multicomputing industry continues to yield great benefits for our customers," said Jay Bertelli, president and CEO of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "In PowerStream 7000 systems, Mercury has delivered innovative technology that provides the computing power and density required by leading government electronics customers, at precisely the moment their applications demand it. Looking forward, we will continue to invest in expanding these solutions to ensure PowerStream systems satisfy ever-growing customer needs throughout their program life cycles."

Commitment to Open Standards
PowerStream 7000 systems represent a new generation of multicomputers from Mercury that delivers Mercury’s systems and applications expertise in RapidIO-based products. They are open systems based on recognized industry standards and support Mercury’s suite of flexible software tools. Like all Mercury systems, PowerStream computers run the POSIX-based MCOETM operating environment and support industry-standard APIs including the Vector Signal and Image Processing Library (VSIPL) and the Data Reorganization Interface (DRI). The VxWorks® operating system runs on processors that manage I/O. The PICMG 2.9 Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) standard is used for system control and monitoring, and fault isolation and recovery.

In the hardware domain, PowerStream 7000 systems utilize the Serial FPDP (ANSI/VITA 17.1-2003) standard for data I/O, and also employ IEEE 1386.1 standard PMC and XMC sites with RapidIO technology (the pending VITA 42.1 standard addresses XMC cards with RapidIO communications). The RapidIO switch fabric interconnect is the only next-generation switch fabric that is certified by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

"Today’s leading-edge signal and image processing development programs require the next-generation data bandwidth of RapidIO, and Mercury is committed to supporting its customers with high-performance, open RapidIO-based systems designed specifically for the deployment environment," said Barry Isenstein, vice president and general manager of Mercury’s Defense Electronics Group. "The breakthrough performance density of PowerStream 7000 addresses the pent-up demand for multicomputers with the power to support ever-more power-hungry applications in the confined spaces of deployment platforms such as military aircraft, ships, submarines and land vehicles."

Breakthroughs in Processing Density
Based on the RapidIO interconnect, PowerPC® 7447 microprocessors, and patented cooling technologies that enable Mercury to pack faster processors in denser form factors, PowerStream 7000 systems deliver one TeraFLOPS or more of processing power in a volume less than two feet per side, or 150 GFLOPS per cubic foot. The RapidIO switch fabric in PowerStream 7000 systems provides groundbreaking levels of data bandwidth, with 60 Gigabytes/s of bisection bandwidth and 75 Gigabytes/s aggregate bandwidth among the number- crunching nodes in fully configured systems.

Coupled with up to 16 Gigabytes/s of streaming fiber I/O, the processing power and interprocessor bandwidth of the PowerStream 7000 meets the needs of the most demanding signal and image processing applications.

Previous generations of high-performance systems from Mercury were the first to enable airborne space-time adaptive processing (STAP) radar and are currently built into multiple deployed military applications. The extreme performance of PowerStream 7000 systems represents a dramatic leap compared to earlier generations of deployable multicomputers.

PowerStream 7000 systems are expected to ship in the third quarter of calendar 2004.

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading supplier 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, 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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