VMETRO Provides Real-Time Multi-Processing for Northrop Grumman

2/1/2006 - Northrop Grumman, Integrated Systems Division, in Melbourne, FL has issued a contract to VMETRO for the Central Electronics Chassis (CEC) system of the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) program. The CEC utilizes VMETRO's Phoenix family of VXS (VITA-41) system solutions for real-time multi-processing with high-speed serial communications. This innovative system processes image sensor data in a liquid cooled system incorporating several Phoenix VPF1 quad processor payload cards and VMETRO's recently announced CSW1 zero latency switch card. Delivery of systems will begin during the first half of 2006. The order for initial deliveries is valued at approximately $600,000 with follow-on orders for additional systems and options expected over the next six years leading to potential business in excess of $15,000,000 over the life of the program.

"VMETRO's design incorporates a unique and innovative approach to processing data using FPGAs, Serial FPDP and VXS technologies delivering a combination of high performance, rugged packaging, as well as a roadmap for expanding system capabilities over the life of the program," said Deon Harkey, ALMDS Program Manager of Northrop Grumman. He added: "The computing power delivered by VMETRO's design is absolutely key in gaining the required depth of the sensor system and enabling the synchronization and manipulation of data for rapid decision making under hostile conditions."

ALMDS is a vital program that is integral to the transformation of the US military. The system is deployed on helicopters to allow the US Navy to detect sea mines at or near the water's surface. Using an airborne light detection and ranging blue-green laser, the ALMDS system covers a large area of the ocean detecting, localizing and classifying mines. This system allows the military to expedite mine hunting and reconnaissance. More than fifty helicopter platforms are expected to be outfitted with the ALMDS technology.

VMETRO provides integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services, from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. The products are based mostly on open standards like VXS, PCI Express, VME, PCI and CompactPCI. Founded in 1986, VMETRO is the world's largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VME, PCI and PCI Express. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance signal processing solutions, real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for real-time data processing, acquisition and networking.

VMETRO is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (Ticker: VME).

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