Mercury Computer Systems Initiates the OpenVPX Industry Working Group
Mercury to team with leading defense prime contractors and other embedded
computing suppliers to create system-level guidelines for achieving true
interoperability in VPX-based embedded computing systems
CHELMSFORD, Mass., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer
Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading provider of high-performance, embedded
computing solutions for image, sensor, and signal processing applications,
announced the OpenVPX Industry Working Group, an independent association
being formed through the alliance of more than 10 leading defense prime
contractors and COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) systems developers striving to
solve the interoperability issues of VPX system architectures.
Recognizing the VPX interoperability and system management challenges,
Mercury initiated the OpenVPX Industry Working Group, whose charter is to
publish a comprehensive System Design Guide that will improve interoperability
of COTS 3U and 6U VPX-based systems achieved in part by implementation of
predefined system profiles.
For the past five years, Mercury has designed and deployed high-end ATCA
and MicroTCA systems. Mercury is leveraging this expertise and the proven
underlying scalable architecture, including advanced system management
technology, as the foundation for Mercury's contribution to the OpenVPX
Industry Working Group.
"The OpenVPX system-level approach will enable prime contractors to
greatly reduce the time required to create integrated COTS solutions in 3U and
6U form factors," said Didier Thibaud, Senior Vice President and General
Manager of Advanced Computing Solutions at Mercury. "It will also lower the
risk of adoption, and expand the addressable market for VPX solutions, while
accelerating deployment into real-world applications."
The VPX standard rapidly evolved into a family of specifications defining
a number of board-level architecture options. While the range of available
VPX-based specifications is intended to enable superior processing performance
for various defense embedded computing applications, it has significantly
increased the probability that VITA 46-based products developed by multiple
manufacturers will not operate together in an integrated system.
"One of the great strengths of the VME community has been the ability to
combine technologies from many contributors into high-performance systems,"
said Ray Alderman, Executive Director of the VITA Standards Organization.
"That worked in VME, because we had an open standard that was mature and
unambiguous. In moving to a new generation of standards, like VPX, we've lost
some of that interoperability. I'm very glad to see a proven systems company
like Mercury take the lead in defining a practical approach to restoring that
level of design maturity."
Mercury will act as steward of the OpenVPX Industry Working Group during
its formation. The key outcome of this group, a completed System Design Guide,
will be contributed to the VITA Standards Organization.
For more information on the OpenVPX Industry Working Group, visit
www.mc.com/OpenVPX, or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or at email@example.com.
VPX, known as VITA 46, is an ANSI standard (ANSI/VITA 46.0-2007) defined
by the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) that provides
VMEbus-based systems with support for switched fabrics over a new high-speed
connector. The VPX standard was developed to define a new generation of
computing systems that will utilize high-performance switch fabrics as well as
operate in harsh environments.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. - Where Challenges Drive Innovation
Mercury Computer Systems (www.mc.com, NASDAQ: MRCY) provides embedded
computing systems and software that combine image, signal, and sensor
processing with information management for data-intensive applications. With
deep expertise in optimizing algorithms and software and in leveraging
industry-standard technologies, we work closely with customers to architect
comprehensive, purpose-built solutions that capture, process, and present data
for defense electronics, homeland security, and other computationally
challenging commercial markets. Our dedication to performance excellence and
collaborative innovation continues a 25-year history in enabling customers to
gain the competitive advantage they need 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
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