Mercury Computer Systems to Roll Out Ensemble MPC-102 AMC Module

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), the leading supplier of RapidIO(R)-based AdvancedTCA(R) solutions, announced availability and pending shipment of its newest Serial RapidIO-based AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card), to a customer in the telecom equipment market. The Ensemble(TM) MPC-102 is a high-performance AMC module that combines dual-core processing power, flexible I/O, and a choice of RapidIO or PCI Express(R) connectivity for AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA(R) platforms. These platforms are ideally suited for numerous applications that include telecom, radar, sonar, and image inspection. The MPC-102 will be featured in the RapidIO Trade Association booth at the AdvancedTCA Summit Europe 2007, to be held September 18-19 near Paris, France.

Mercury Computer Systems Ensemble MPC-102 Advanced Mezzanine CardThe dense processing capability of the dual-core Freescale(TM) 8641D, with a high core frequency, 1 MB of L2 cache per core, and integrated on-chip I/O subsystem with RapidIO, is provided in a flexible AMC form factor supporting 10 Gbps raw I/O bandwidth through the RapidIO interface. The dual-core 8641D doubles the performance of Mercury’s previous AMCs built on Power Architecture(TM) processors. This combination of processing density and bandwidth makes the MPC-102 ideal for telecom applications such as data communications, control, and wireless test equipment.

“We’re pleased to host Mercury at the ATCA Summit, and to feature the latest Serial RapidIO-based module for the MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA platforms,” said Tom Cox, Executive Director of the RapidIO Trade Association. “Mercury’s long-standing leadership in developing advanced performance capabilities for the embedded computing industry is exemplified by its ability to both pioneer and leverage technologies that become industry standards – such their co-development with Motorola on the RapidIO interconnect standard.”

The MPC-102 is a control and signal processing AMC that provides a dual-core e600 8641D PowerPC processor at up to 1.3 GHz with up to 2 GB DDR2 memory, SATA, RapidIO or PCI-E, and GigE connectivity. The module is AMC.0-compliant and designed to meet AMC.4. The SATA interface supports a HDD in the neighboring AMC bay, making this an ideal host or control node. The architecture and AltiVec vector processing units of the e600 core are compatible with Mercury’s industry-leading Scientific Algorithm Library, supporting use of the MPC-102 in dense floating-point processing applications such as radar, sonar, and image inspection.

The MPC-102 8641D AMC expands the capabilities of the Mercury Ensemble family of AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA platforms to support high-density control plane applications. The Ensemble AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA platform is specifically designed around the performance and reliability of the Serial RapidIO embedded system interconnect. Leveraging Mercury’s renowned expertise in architecting and building efficient, scalable platforms for highly demanding applications in embedded computing, Ensemble delivers unprecedented levels of integration and flexibility across a broad class of heterogeneous processing architectures that includes digital signal processors, communications processors, FPGAs, and network processors.

This flexibility and strong development support has resulted in major telecom equipment manufacturers around the world employing Ensemble platforms to trial and demonstrate LTE, HSPA, PHS and other wireless standards. The addition of the MPC-102 increases the processing density of Ensemble platforms and supports the development of high-end MicroTCA systems.

“We’re pleased to announce this latest offering of AMC modules for a MicroTCA-based application,” said Mark Skalabrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Computing Solutions group at Mercury. “The MPC-102 is our third control-plane AMC that gives customers a choice between PowerQUICC, PowerPC, and Intel processors, and further expands the industry’s largest AMC portfolio available today. Mercury’s breadth of AMC options provides flexibility, scalability, and high bandwidth I/O to our broad range of OEM customers.”

Mercury will chair Panel Session #205 on Applications and present “Solving Extreme FPGA Dense Computing with ATCA” on September 19 at the ATCA Summit. Panelists will include executives from Allot Communications, Dialogic, and Nortel.

For more information on the Ensemble MPC-102 AMC module, visit Mercury at the AdvancedTCA Summit in RapidIO Trade Association’s booth (#21) or in CorEdge Network’s booth (#14); contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951.