Mercury Joins VITA Board, Remains Committed to Embedded Standards

10/19/2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced that it has joined the board of directors of VITA, the governing body of the VMEbus International Trade Association. The Company is also continuing its extensive involvement in the standards working groups that are actively renewing the VMEbus architecture and ecosystem and advocating commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for existing and emerging market applications. Since 1994 and the ANSI/VITA-5 1994 RACEway Interlink Standard, Mercury has remained committed to shaping industry standards in embedded computing, with significant technical contributions to the VSO.

"The VME standard is the system infrastructure cornerstone of the defense and aerospace markets; it supports commercial off-the-shelf systems that are leading edge, tough, and flexible," said Barry Isenstein, vice president and general manager of the Defense business at Mercury. "We have entered a period of rapid technology change, and the pace of VME evolution has to increase to bring this technology to the users. As an innovator in embedded processing, we are expanding our leadership role in that evolution by joining the VITA board of directors."

Mercury personnel are making vital contributions to eight distinct VITA committees that are focused on standardizing implementations for a specific technology frontier. An accepted standard means that products from different technology vendors will work together, so that defense OEMs can create cost-effective, maintainable, and upgradeable systems.

Accredited as an American National Standards developer, the VITA Standards Organization provides its members with the ability to develop and to promote open technology standards. The VSO has created more than 30 standards in the past 10 years that promote open technology systems; all the VSO standards are extensions of or related to the original VMEbus standard of 1981. In military embedded computing applications, VME is the most widely used open standard in existence.

"Mercury is a big part of the success enabled by VME-based systems in embedded defense applications," said Ray Alderman, executive director of VITA. "Mercury engineers have consistently contributed their expertise to the development of VITA specifications. I'm very pleased to welcome Mercury to the VITA board."

For more detailed information on Mercury's involvement in VITA standards working groups, visit

About VITA
VITA, the VMEbus International Trade Association, is an incorporated, non-profit organization of vendors and users having a common market interest. Founded in 1984, VITA believes in and champions open system architectures as opposed to proprietary system architectures. VITA's activities are international in scope. The functions performed by VITA are technical, promotional, and user-related, and are aimed at increasing the total market size, providing vendors with additional market exposure, and providing users with timely technical information. For information about VITA membership, or to find out how to obtain VITA specifications, call VITA headquarters at (480) 837-7486.

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions. Mercury's solutions 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. 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.

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