Mercury Computer Systems Introduces RapidIO-Based VXS Starter Kit

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced a family of starter kits for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) developers, at the Military Embedded Electronics and Computing Conference (MEECC) in Long Beach, CA. Mercury also announced details and availability of the first starter kit in the series, which is based on its performance-leading PowerStream(R) 6100 series RapidIO(R) VXS multicomputer.

“The RapidIO-based PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit pre-integrates PowerPC digital signal processing, FPGA compute resource cards, and high-speed I/O with a robust software environment,” said Eran Strod, Director of Product Marketing for the Defense business at Mercury. “Our customers tell us that they often spend 6 to 12 months of precious development time integrating modules from disparate vendors and tweaking drivers and middleware. Our Starter Kit allows customers to plug in, power up and go.”

The PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit provides developers with the basic hardware and software building blocks to develop embedded, high-performance sensor applications for military and commercial environments. The Starter Kit includes the PowerStream 6100 VXS chassis, up to three quad 1 GHz PowerPC(R) 7448 processor-based high-compute density (HCD) boards, two serial RapidIO switch cards, a host/PMC carrier, a 12-channel digital receiver, and a software bundle that includes the complete Mercury MCOE(TM) software environment.

PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit

Mercury first demonstrated its PowerStream 6100 multicomputer at the Bus and Board conference in January 2006. Systems were already shipping to customers at that time. The PowerStream 6100 stands apart in the embedded industry as the first and only multicomputer solution based on the Serial RapidIO(R) fabric and compliant with the VXS (VITA 41.2) form factor standard. At 761 GFLOPS and 42 GB/s sustained fabric throughput, the PowerStream 6100 sets a new record for performance available in the tried-and-true VME form factor.

The VXS standard is backward-compatible with the VME64 standard, providing defense integrators with a seamless migration path to future systems that support a high-speed serial switched fabric. PowerStream 6100 delivers “compile-and-go” compatibility with the Mercury RACE++(R) Series 6U VME64 multicomputer, which is based on the Mercury MCOE open software environment. MCOE is an integrated and sophisticated development environment comprising tools, libraries, and middleware that runs on all Mercury PowerStream series solutions; it is used by thousands of developers worldwide in diverse multicomputer applications. MCOE on the PowerStream 6100 supports the Linux and VxWorks operating systems in addition to MCexec(TM); the ubiquitous and robust POSIX-compliant real-time kernel from Mercury.

Mercury also announced several other Starter Kits in its road map:

  • Radio Frequency 6U Starter Kit for high-performance radar and signals intelligence applications that require an L-band, VHF/UHF receiver
  • VXS Tranceiver Starter Kit based on FPGA processing elements
  • Software Defined Radio 3U Starter Kit
  • Cell Broadband Engine(TM) Starter Kit
  • Linux-based MCOE Starter Kit
  • Pentium(R) M processor PMC (PrPMC) Starter Kit

The Starter Kit series expands Mercury’s comprehensive offering for high-performance heterogeneous processing, FPGA computing, system fabrics and open standard software and interfaces. The Starter Kit series incorporates critical elements from the Echotek(TM) and Momentum(TM) Series product families, further demonstrating the synergies achieved through Mercury’s acquisition strategy.

The PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit is available today within standard lead times. For more information on the PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit, visit Mercury in Booth #10 at MEECC, go online, or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951.

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. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Echotek, MCOE, and Momentum are trademarks, and RACE++ and PowerStream are registered trademarks of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.