Mercury, as an important supplier of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), high-performance embedded computing solutions, helps major defense contractors to effectively meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Mercury provides component-level and system-level solutions that span hardware, software, silicon IP, services, and systems for a range of challenging applications that include radar and sonar signal processing, seismic processing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT). Mercury serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors.
"While its defense systems process radar, sonar, imagery, and communications signals and enable wireless networks, as well as transform sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation, its medical systems assist in faster processing of magnetic resonance, tomography, and X- ray images," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Bradley Curran.
Particularly, the PowerBlock 200 ( http://www.mc.com/powerblock200 ), which comes with 200 GFLOPS of signal processing capacity in a small and rugged package, will propel the advancement of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications that involve intensive computations. This breakthrough in performance density could have a major impact on the U.S. homeland security operations and aid in faster realization of network-centric warfare goals.
The PowerBlock 200 is credited to be the first rugged device designed with the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor. With a processing capacity equal to 12-20 PowerPC processors or 45 Intel Pentium 4 processors, in about a one-half cubic foot rugged chassis, the PowerBlock 200 provides the processing performance to propel battlefield visualization and decision aids computing power solutions devised in research laboratories out to tactical vehicles in the field.
"The PowerBlock 200 can vastly improve the tactical processing capability of defense technologies deployed on air, surface, subsurface, and mobile ground platforms, including unmanned vehicles of all types," points out Curran. "Its advantages include increased signal processing power and speed, reduced burden on communication links and consolidated sensor and analysis functions, resulting in faster threat recognition and response."
Small size, weight, simplified logistics, maintenance, and operational procedures make the PowerBlock 200 an ideal choice for a large array of combat vehicles. It will provide advanced computing power and enhance network- centric warfare-enabling functions such as electronic warfare, communications intelligence, electronics intelligence, cryptology, computer security, computer forensics, open source intelligence, and information operations.
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About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. 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 http://www.mc.com .
Cell Broadband Engine is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PowerBlock is a trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
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