Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it has provided silicon intellectual property (SIP) to Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems for the development of the MONARCH (Morphable Networked Micro-Architecture) fully programmable, system-on-a-chip-processor.
As announced by Raytheon on March 20, 2007, the MONARCH processor was developed by Raytheon under a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) contract for the Polymorphous Computing Architecture (PCA) program. The program goal is to develop processing architectures that can reconfigure and adapt to mission requirements, such as those in airborne and space radar and global positioning systems, and to reduce mission computing payload adaptation, optimization, and verification times from months and years, to minutes.
The MONARCH subcontracting team includes the University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology, IBM’s Global Engineering Solutions division, and Mercury Computer Systems. Mercury provided its Serial RapidIO(R) IP core with DMA capability, DRAM (dynamic random access memory) control IP, and component middleware. As a complete, high-performance, high-function core with the industry-standard RapidIO interconnect architecture, Mercury’s IP core can address a variety of endpoint and switching communications applications.
According to Raytheon, the MONARCH processor is the most adaptable processor ever built for the Department of Defense, with exceptional compute capacity, highly flexible data bandwidth capability, and state-of-the-art power efficiency.
“We are pleased to work with Raytheon in pioneering the development of this new-generation processor, with its unique ability to reconfigure and optimize processing on the fly,” said Mark Skalabrin, Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Solutions business at Mercury Computer Systems. “Mercury’s broad range of IP solutions addresses a growing number of data-intensive requirements, such as those targeted for the MONARCH processor, in both commercial and defense applications.”
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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.
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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).
About Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is the leading provider of sensor systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely information available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2006 revenues of $4.3 billion and 12,000 employees, SAS is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif. Additional facilities are in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.
Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $20.3 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.