Mercury Unveils Serial RapidIO IP for Virtex, Spartan; Joins Alliance

3/29/2006 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it has joined the Xilinx(R) Alliance Program. The Company also announced the availability of a new Mercury Serial RapidIO(R) IP core for Xilinx Virtex(TM) high-performance and Spartan(TM) low-cost FPGA families.

The Xilinx Alliance Program is composed of companies with the best available technologies in the areas of IP cores, EDA, DSP, and embedded development tools, as well as design services, board-level products, integrated circuits, and electronic components. Member companies provide optimized products and services that contribute to a broad selection of industry-standard solutions dedicated for use with Xilinx programmable logic.

Mercury is a leading provider of Serial RapidIO-based products. The new Serial RapidIO offering is a full-featured, high-function IP core that incorporates a logical layer, a transport layer and a physical layer, and supports input/output and message passing.

"Mercury Serial RapidIO IP is proven technology backed by extensive testing and successful deployment in large-scale systems," said Tracy Richardson, Director of the Silicon Solutions Group, Advanced Solutions business unit at Mercury. "Our IP cores are designed with Mercury's deep experience in complex multiprocessing systems that allow customers to deliver reliable, interoperable solutions with reduced time to market."

Compliant with the widely adopted Serial RapidIO specification 1.2, the Mercury IP core targets a wide range of applications for embedded, communications, wireless, storage, and defense markets. Designers using Xilinx Virtex high-performance FPGAs can incorporate Mercury's IP to create devices with a robust Serial RapidIO endpoint for a variety of applications.

Mercury's IP has been successfully integrated into multiple Xilinx components with either an internal or external SERDES device, and can also be used to create multi-port switches to aggregate other Serial RapidIO inputs. Xilinx high-performance MGTs (Multi-Gigabit Transceivers) offer core interface speeds of 4x3.125 Gbits/s, the highest available in the RapidIO standard.

For more information on Mercury Serial RapidIO IP core features, specifications, and benefits, go online.

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.

AllianceCORE, Spartan, and Virtex are trademarks, and Xilinx is a registered trademark of Xilinx, Inc. RapidIO is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association.

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