Mercury Computer Triples I/O Bandwidth with ImpactRT 3200 Multicomputer

7/2/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced the ImpactRTTM 3200 multicomputer, a significant performance boost to its successful high-performance signal and image processing system based on the open standard RapidIO® interconnect architecture. Delivering up to 3.1 TeraOPS of processing with 575 Gbytes/s of internal system bandwidth and supporting up to 36 Gbytes/s of fiber I/O, the ImpactRT 3200 is ideal for high-end bandwidth and processing challenges in a commercial environment, including semiconductor imaging, and defense simulation and stimulation systems.

"High-end imaging applications are inundating systems with vast amounts of high-resolution data," said Richard Jaenicke, director of product management, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "The balanced architecture of the ImpactRT 3200 system uses an optimized implementation of the RapidIO switch fabric to more than triple the I/O performance to tackle the massive data streams."

The ImpactRT 3000 product line is based on the CompactPCI form factor. The ImpactRT 3200 has two significant enhancements over its predecessor: faster processors, at 1.35 GHz compared to 1.0 GHz, and more than triple the fiber I/O capacity, up to 36 Gbytes/s from 10 Gbytes/s. ImpactRT systems are optimized for cost-effective performance in commercial environments. Mercury also offers the RapidIO-based PowerStream® 7000, a ruggedized multicomputer targeted for high-end signal and image processing applications in deployed defense electronics systems.

Mercury’s industry-leading multiprocessor graphical development and debugging tools, such as the multiprocessor trace analysis tool and library (TATLTM), enable the development of complex, real-time applications on the ImpactRT 3200. 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 3200 system is compatible with Mercury’s widely used RACE++® Series software, maintaining the existing application programming interfaces (APIs) and development tool chain.

ImpactRT 3200 systems will begin shipping in July for configurations up to 2 TeraOPS and 24 Gbytes/s of fiber I/O. Larger configurations are expected to be available later this year. Additional information is available on Mercury's web site. A high-resolution photograph can be downloaded from Mercury’s image library.

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. Visit Mercury on the web:

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