Mercury Computer Systems is the leading COTS supplier of high-performance digital signal and image processing systems. These embedded computer systems transform streams of sensor data to visual information in real time for analysis and interpretation. In airborne, ocean-going, and land-based military platforms, these systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data.
Mercury is the recognized expert in delivering the computing power required for the most sophisticated real-time defense applications. RACE++® and RapidIO® systems from Mercury are available in industry-standard VME, PCI, and CompactPCI® form factors, and in industrial, rugged, and conduction-cooled environmental levels. In addition, Mercury’s exclusive MultiPort® technology, deployed in our flagship PowerStream® systems, meets the extreme data processing requirements of the defense industry’s leading-edge sensor systems.
Digital Signal and Image Processing
Innovations from Mercury play an important role in maintaining the armed services' technological leadership. Leading defense contractors, including Alenia Marconi Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon, depend on Mercury to help them deliver the tools that war fighters and planners require to ensure victory at minimal cost. Through close cooperation with major government and university laboratories, and through leadership in advanced development projects sponsored by DARPA and other agencies, Mercury has become a vital resource for anticipating the demands of military planners well into the new millennium.
Mercury is dedicated to providing customers with the best fitting combination of processors, memory, and peripheral components for their embedded computing needs. Chief among them are PowerPC® microprocessors with AltiVecTM technology, which enable reduced instruction set computing (RISC) processors to outperform dedicated digital signal processing (DSP) chips on most operations. Mercury’s field-programmable gate array (FPGA) based processing solutions are an alternative computing resource that can provide a substantial performance boost for certain applications.
Mercury has teamed with Motorola to create the RapidIO® architecture, the next generation of switch fabric technology. RapidIO enables chip-to-chip and board-to-board communications at performance levels that scale to meet the explosive demand for higher bandwidth within embedded computer systems. High-end embedded image and digital signal processing applications such as radar, sonar, and signals intelligence can especially benefit from the increased performance and communications density. RapidIO's anticipated broad adoption can enable companies to take advantage of a standard specification and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components instead of developing proprietary solutions.
Mercury makes significant investments in research and development every year, focusing on the processing of unrelenting streams of data in real time for customers in the digital signal and image processing markets. These include high-bandwidth interconnect architectures and integration of faster processors, streaming I/O systems, and software tools.