Boeing Selects Mercury Computer Systems for JTRS Cluster 1 Testing

11/12/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) will use Mercury-developed software radio tuners, exciters (transmitters), and synthesizers for their WNW (Wideband Networking Waveform) test suite for the JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System) Cluster 1 Program. The JTRS Program is a U.S. Department of Defense initiative designed to provide voice, data, and video communications among U.S. and allied warfighters through software- programmable radio technology.

The tuners were developed at Mercury's RF Center of Excellence, which was formed following the acquisition of Advanced Radio Corporation earlier this year, and are based on the 6U CompactPCI (cPCI) form factor. "Mercury's advanced digital synthesizer technology provides an integrated RF solution that enables extremely fast tuning speeds combined with ultra low noise performance," said Barry Isenstein, vice president and general manager, Defense Electronics group at Mercury. "Both performance characteristics are critical to the development of the WNW test suite."

The contract for the RF tuner and synthesizer portions of the WNW test suite continues Mercury's involvement in the JTRS Program, which began in 2002 with a non-SETA consultation agreement with the JTRS Joint Program Office (JPO). This contract included Mercury support to further shape the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), a worldwide standard; and to create platform-independent Object Management Group specifications to improve future SCA revisions.

"The Mercury tuners achieve the high level of performance necessary for testing this broad-based application under varying test conditions," said Deborah Wilson, head of the Network Technologies group in Boeing's Network Communications Systems organization. "The configuration provides a reliable solution that enables interoperability and operational effectiveness among the diverse platforms in the military spectrum."

Additional information on the JTRS program is available on the JTRS Program site at: or at Boeing at

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded 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. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications.

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. Visit Mercury on the web at

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