Mercury Joins OCP-IP to Improve Ease of Use for FPGA-Based Products

10/25/2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced it has joined Xilinx Corporation in membership to the Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP), to help evolve the standard in support of FPGA-based system designs.

The OCP-IP is dedicated to proliferating a common standard for intellectual property (IP) core interfaces, or sockets, which facilitate "plug and play" System-on-Chip (SoC) design. Formed in 2001, OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation that facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time, risk, and manufacturing costs for SoC designs.

Historically, customers who wish to interconnect IP cores have been burdened with the creation and maintenance of proprietary hardware APIs (application programming interfaces) to support the connection. Adherence to the standard interfaces defined by OCP is expected to enable Mercury customers to seamlessly integrate Xilinx and other third-party IP cores into their FPGA designs, with particular emphasis on reuse and verification.

OCP-IP interfaces add value by providing a platform that brings together a wide range of applications and architectures. Mercury and Xilinx intend to extend this proven technology, which has already been used extensively in the ASIC/SoC space, to their FPGA customers.

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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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