Mercury Computer Systems Debuts Echotek ECV4-2 XMC Digital Receiver

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), the market share leader in COTS modules for aerospace and defense applications, announced its new Echotek(TM) Series ECV4-2 family of mixed-signal PMC and XMC (the next-generation PMC) modules at the Bus & Board Conference in Long Beach, CA. The ECV4-2, with input clock capability up to 1.5 GHz, is the highest performing digital receiver in an XMC form factor in the industry.

Mercury Computer Systems Echotek ECV4-2 XMC Digital Receiver

Echotek Series products lead the mixed-signal industry in extracting clear signals from electronic clutter, forming a bridge between the realms of analog signals and digital processing. After an analog signal is received by an antennae or other sensor, it must be digitized and manipulated into a form amenable to signal processing. The challenge, and the key to successful applications, is to manage this transformation in real time while maintaining the integrity of the original signal.

“The ECV4-2 is unique in delivering powerful and flexible Virtex(TM)-4 based digital receiver capability in a space-efficient PMC/XMC form factor,” said Gary J. Turchetta, General Manager of the Echotek Product Group at Mercury. “It also continues the Echotek tradition of delivering the finest signal integrity available anywhere, as measured by SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) or SFDR (spur-free dynamic range).”

Multi-module configurations can be created supporting synchronized receiver functions, optimized for beamforming and direction-finding as required by radar, SIGINT, ELINT, medical imaging and communications. There are more than a dozen members of the Echotek Series ECV4-2 family, each providing unique I/O connectivity and functionality. Every model is configured with a specific set of A/D or D/A converters addressing a defined bandwidth and frequency for data conversion. Both PMC and XMC modules are available in two- and four-channel versions, with A/D, D/A, and transceiver configurations.

Processing power is delivered by a Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-4 FPGA (field- programmable gate array). This FPGA allows users to run customized algorithms such as digital down/up conversion (wideband or narrowband), Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs), and filtering directly on the ECV4-2. Modules are available in air-cooled or conduction-cooled versions.

“The Mercury ECV4-2 well illustrates how Virtex-4 compresses the power budget and footprint of a wideband digital receiver into the space of an XMC mezzanine card,” said Per Holmberg, Director of Programmable Digital Solutions Marketing at Xilinx, Inc. “Reconfigurable devices are revolutionizing signal processing applications by providing significant performance density and lower power than alternatives.”

The Echotek ECV4-2 is a member of the ECV4 product series, which includes the ECV4-RFT selected for EDN magazine’s Hot 100 Products of 2006. The ECV4-2 family of products is available within standard lead times. For more information,contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951.

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. – Where Challenges Drive Innovation
Mercury Computer Systems is the leading provider of computing systems and software for data-intensive applications that include image processing, signal processing, and visualization. With a strong commitment to innovation, our expertise in algorithm optimization, systems development, and silicon design is blended with software application knowledge and industry-standard technologies to solve unique computing challenges. We work closely with our customers to architect solutions that have a meaningful impact on everyday life: detecting aneurysms; designing safer, more fuel-efficient aircraft; identifying security threats; discovering oil; developing new drugs; and visualizing virtually every aspect of scientific investigation.

Mercury’s comprehensive, purpose-built solutions capture, process, and present data for the world’s largest medical imaging companies, 8 of the 10 top defense prime contractors, and other leading Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in semiconductor, energy, telecommunications, and other industries. Our dedication to performance excellence and collaborative innovation continues a 23-year history in enabling customers to stay at the forefront of the markets they serve.

Mercury is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors. We are listed on the Nasdaq National Market (NASDAQ: MRCY).

Virtex is a trademark and Xilinx is a registered trademark of Xilinx Inc. Echotek is a trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.