Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it was selected for two of Advanced Imaging magazine’s 2007 Imaging Solutions of the Year Awards, in both the Medical and Consumer & Commercial categories. In its 11th year, the Imaging Solution of the Year Award is bestowed upon companies that are able to solve “involved problems” with sophisticated imaging technology. Recipients for this year’s award were selected among numerous submissions, in particular for the difference their solution made to solving the problem at hand.
In the Medical category, Mercury’s joint work with the Institute of Medical Physics (IMP) of Erlangen, Germany garnered recognition for Adding Processing Power to Computed Tomography. Mercury and the IMP, a leading international institute focused on the development and application of imaging technologies and modalities for medical diagnosis, therapy planning and computer-assisted surgery, developed a solution that is capable of performing modern computed tomography (CT) reconstruction more than 100 times faster than conventional microprocessors.
Based on the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor, the solution comprises the Mercury Cell Accelerator Board (CAB), MultiCore Plus(TM) SDK (Software Development Kit), and Trace Analysis and Tool Library (TATL(TM)). With this Cell BE processor-based solution, a radiologist can view images obtained from better algorithms, with higher quality, lower X-ray exposure to the patient, and much sooner than ever before.
In the Consumer & Commercial category, Mercury was recognized for enabling Safer General Aviation with the VistaNav(TM) portable multi-function flight display system with 3D synthetic vision. VistaNav features four main components that use Bluetooth(R) wireless technology to communicate and provide a single navigation aid for all phases of flight – and all conditions. Private pilot Greg Grant became the first known pilot to use VistaNav during an emergency when his onboard navigation system failed while flying in instrument conditions. VistaNav, which provides a realistic visual representation of the outside environment, restored Mr. Grant’s ability to navigate the aircraft through the clouds to a safe landing.
The VistaNav system comprises a mobile computing platform, Mercury’s GPS-enabled Intertial Navigation Unit (INU), an optional satellite weather receiver module, and an optional traffic receiver. While not intended to be used as a primary navigation system, VistaNav serves as a backup to the certified instruments installed in the aircraft.