Concurrent iHawk Powers Unmanned Combat Aircraft Vehicle Simulation

8/4/2004 - Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: CCUR), Integrated Solutions Division (ISD), announced that Alenia Aeronautica/Finmeccanica has purchased Concurrent’s iHawkTM Intel®-Xeon® graphics systems powered by RedHawkTM Linux® for their next generation COTS (Commercial-Off-the-Shelf)-based Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) simulation platform.

Alenia Aeronautica plans to use the high-performance iHawkTM multiprocessor systems as the real-time host and graphics system for the visual system for their next generation UCAV simulator. To reduce engineering time and labor costs, Alenia will utilize Concurrent’s Linux based, NightStarTM tool kit, a standards-based set of real-time software development tools that enable system builders to maximize productivity in real-time application development. NightStar tools are specifically designed to allow integrators to intelligently identify problems early in the project life cycle – and correct them faster.

According to Warren Neuburger, Concurrent ISD president, “We are extremely pleased to be selected by Alenia Aeronautica, a recognized leader in the aerospace industry with a long-standing tradition of technology innovation.” Neuburger added, “Alenia Aeronautica’s engineering success in UCAV applications and its use of COTS-based products, including RedHawk real-time Linux as an alternative to more costly proprietary IG (Image Generation) solutions, is truly ground breaking.”

iHawk systems are powered by one to eight Intel Pentium® Xeon processors, up to 4 GB of memory, and PCI I/O in rackmount and tower enclosures. iHawks are true symmetric multiprocessors that run a single copy of Concurrent’s RedHawk Linux real-time operating system. In image generation applications, the iHawk 860 can be configured with a variety of NVIDIA® dual-monitor capable AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) and PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) graphics controllers. Combined with popular 3D visualization software such as OpenGL®, OpenSceneGraph, Vega PrimeTM and GL StudioTM, the iHawk is the ideal COTS based imaging platform for today's simulation, imaging and modeling applications.

RedHawk Linux provides fast response to external events, optimized interprocess communication, and high I/O throughput needed for time-critical applications. RedHawk Linux, compatible with the popular Red Hat distribution, has gained acceptance as a leading real-time Linux operating system for high-performance, mission-critical applications by customers throughout the world. Concurrent recently delivered the industry’s first real-time Linux for the AMD OpteronTM processor for the development of next-generation, 64-bit real-time applications.

About Alenia Aeronautica
Alenia Aeronautica ( is the Italian leader in aeronautics and an important player in European aerospace. A 1.18 billion Euro company with full system integration capabilities and high R&D investment, it designs and builds high performance combat aircraft, military and commercial transport aircraft and advanced structures for military and commercial aircraft. Through its subsidiary Aeronavali, it offers modification and maintenance advanced services. Alenia Aeronautica also has significant participation in Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company leader in the design and manufacturing of leading edge trainers. Alenia Aeronautica has strong relationships with the world's key aerospace players and participates in leading programs including Eurofighter Typhoon, A380, 7E7, C-27J Spartan, JSF and ATR. Its broad systems and process integration competencies make it a valued partner of industry leaders including Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Airbus, EADS, Dassault and BAE Systems. It is committed to global service and product support. The company leverages the skills of its parent Finmeccanica Group, a key aerospace player and national leader in advanced technologies. This helps Alenia Aeronautica expand the know-how developed in 90 years of activity. Based on its sound experience in aircraft integration, the Company has also developed the capability of designing and operating Flight/Mission Simulators and Training systems. In fact, since 1961, all development programmes have been supported by extensive use of proprietary engineering Flight Simulators. These systems are developed in the Company's Simulation, Training Aids and Operability Laboratory, located in Torino and Caselle (Italy).

About Concurrent
Since 1966, Concurrent Computer Corporation (, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has been a premier provider of high-performance, real-time computer systems, solutions, and software for commercial and government markets. The company’s Integrated Solutions Division focuses on strategic market areas that include hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulation, data acquisition, industrial systems, and software. Concurrent’s Video-On-Demand Division is a recognized leader in the digital cable market, serving North America’s major cable operators in 80 markets with over 5.2 million digital subscribers and 15.8 million basic subscribers. Concurrent's proven technology provides a flexible, comprehensive, robust solution for HFC, DSL, and IP-based networks. Concurrent provides sales and support from offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Concurrent, its logo, RedHawk, iHawk and NightStar are registered and unregistered trademarks of Concurrent.

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