Mercury Computer Rolls Out Evaluation Systems for Cell BE Technology

1/11/2006 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it has shipped its first Cell Technology Evaluation System (CTES). Based on the Mercury Dual Cell-Based Blade just announced in October 2005, the CTES is a turnkey system that features the IBM(R) Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor, and an Intel(R) Architecture development/simulation environment, with pre-installed Mercury, IBM, and open-source Cell Technology software. These early-access systems enable customers to evaluate Cell BE processor-based computing solutions and begin prototyping advanced applications for the defense, medical, industrial inspe The CTES is a turnkey system that features the IBM Cell BE processor, and an Intel Architecture development/ simulation environment, with pre-installed Mercury, IBM, and open-source Cell Technology software.

"We're very pleased to see customers across industries moving so quickly to evaluate and adopt our Cell BE processor-based products," said Randy Dean, Vice President, Business and Technology Development. "Our customers have expressed high expectations with the implementation of the Cell Technology into their application development."

The Cell Technology Evaluation System is integrated with Mercury's MultiCore Framework (MCF) software to optimize data movement within the Cell BE processors. The MCF is part of the Mercury MultiCore Plus(TM) Advantage, a comprehensive hardware, software, and services offering unrivaled in the industry. The MultiCore Plus Advantage employs sophisticated middleware that abstracts hardware capabilities and manages the distribution of data across multiple computing elements working in tandem. It includes patented cooling technologies, lightweight system-on-chip (SoC) management software, multicore implementations of key algorithms, visualization tools designed for clusters, algorithm tuning, and more.

Also integrated into the CTES is the Y-HPC Linux on Cell Board Support Package from Terra Soft Solutions, which enables a simple, rapid installation and netboot-capable Linux environment.

For more information on the Cell Technology Evaluation System, visit

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.

Cell Broadband Engine is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. IBM and BladeCenter are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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