Mercury Computer Launches RACE++ Series MYRIAD-4130 Carrier Board

5/17/2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced at the Military Embedded Electronics and Computer Conference (MEECC) the RACE++® Series MYRIAD-4130, its conduction-cooled hybrid host and carrier module. The single-slot 6U VME board can function simultaneously as a system host, with a rich set of I/O, and as a carrier card for a Mercury dual-processor compute node daughtercard, while still supporting a PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) site for added configurability.

"The MYRIAD-4130 is the latest example of Mercury’s innovation in bringing conduction-cooled products to market," said John Hanton, senior product manager at the Mercury I/O Center of Excellence, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. "The MYRIAD-4130 ‘half-slot host’ can stand independently as an integrated VME host and carrier for compute nodes and I/O nodes. Adding direct RACE++ connectivity for high-bandwidth data movement enables the MYRIAD-4130 to easily integrate into Mercury multicomputers without using a daughtercard position."

The MYRIAD-4130 features a 600 MHz Freescale MPC8540 PowerQUICCTM III processor with 500 MB RAM, and up to 1 GB of Flash memory. Standard capabilities include a dual RACE++® backplane fabric connection, MIL-1553 support, and Gigabit Ethernet. Additional general-purpose I/O, including serial, console and TTL, is user-selectable and utilizes VME P0 connectivity.

The MYRIAD-4130 contains the essential system controller functionality and I/O needed by military applications in the space of one half of a VME 6U card. This makes the MYRIAD-4130 literally a half-slot host, as it frees the remaining board real estate for use as both additional processing, via a standard Mercury J-style compute node daughtercard, and I/O functionality, via a standard PMC interface. A variety of PMCs including Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and video can be accommodated in the 4130’s PMC site. The half-slot host concept represents a new level of optimization for military applications in which there are inherent constraints on space, weight and power.

Computation needs on the MYRIAD-4130 are addressed through the addition of a conduction-cooled compute node daughtercard, ranging from a dual AltiVecTM 7410 @ 400 MHz to a dual AltiVec 7447 @ 800 MHz. An array of Mercury compute node daughtercards can provide a common target for Mercury’s software environment, including hand-tuned algorithm, data management and middleware libraries.

"Our next-generation airborne ISR architecture requires higher computational density in a rugged, conduction-cooled form factor," said Dan Henry, Director of Advanced Architectures at Recon/Optical, Inc. "The MYRIAD-4130’s combination of low power consumption and increased functionality allows us to implement higher-order image processing functionality using fewer chassis slots."

Over the years, the Mercury I/O Center of Excellence has worked closely with Recon/Optical, a provider of aerial reconnaissance products, on an array of projects. "Understanding their application needs has helped us to create a product that provides both enhanced reliability, via a native dual-RACE++ connection, and a nominal power consumption of only 1.5 amps at 5 volts," John Hanton added. "Furthermore, the MYRIAD-4130’s unique ability to support Mercury compute nodes and PMC-based I/O lets Recon/Optical tailor the product for multiple roles."

Mercury will show the RACE++ Series MYRIAD-4130 at MEECC. Beta prototypes of the RACE++ Series MYRIAD-4130 are scheduled to ship this month, with production availability scheduled for fall 2005. For more information on the MYRIAD-4130 or for specific application information, contact Mercury at (800) 229-2006, or visit A high-resolution photograph can be downloaded from Mercury’s Image Library at

About Recon/Optical, Inc.
Recon/Optical, Inc. was founded in 1922 as an aerial survey company. Today, we are proud to be the longest continuously operating aerial reconnaissance corporation in the world and in being the world’s leading provider of tactical reconnaissance cameras. We are currently in production of the world’s most sophisticated and capable family of dual spectral band (visible and infrared) cameras… the medium-altitude CA-270 and the high-altitude CA-295. ROI currently supplies its digital reconnaissance cameras to the U.S. Navy for the next-generation F/A 18E/F aircraft SHAred Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) program. SHARP is currently deployed on board Navy aircraft carriers and playing a significant role in our global fight against terrorism. ROI also takes pride in the development and production of our Stabilized Remotely operated Weapons System (SRWS). The U.S. Army’s version of SRWS is called the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS). CROWS is currently in production and receiving rave reviews from the Soldiers employing it in combat in Iraq.

Based in Barrington, Illinois, Recon/Optical serves North American and international customers. Visit Recon/Optical on the web at

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 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. 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

RACE++ is a registered trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

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