Small, rugged, safety-certifiable mission computers for advanced avionics introduced by Mercury Systems

July 19, 2023
Ruggedized small-form-factor design weighs 6.6 pounds, and is for artificial intelligence (AI) applications aboard airborne platforms.

ANDOVER, Mass. – Mercury Systems Inc. in Andover, Mass., is introducing ROCK 4 safety-certifiable mission computers in a ruggedized small form factor for artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced avionics.

The ROCK 4 has the latest 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, and feature Mercury's BuiltSAFE commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) elements and artifacts, which have been tested, certified, and fielded on aircraft over three decades.

ROCK 4 mission computers are modular and reusable, and can speed technology refresh by minimizing the need for recertification. Some of the first customers for ROCK 4 include several European police forces for upgrades to existing helicopter fleets.

Related: Flight safety certification for embedded computing announced for Mercury ROCK-2 rugged avionics computer

Mercury provided a solution that packages three ROCK 4 mission computers together with a video switch. The computers will enable the helicopters to run AI-powered search and rescue and surveillance applications and process video for multiple cockpit displays.

The rugged mission computers come with a video and sensor switch to connect video to four displays; full HD video capabilities; avionics I/O to capture and process camera feeds; stackable design; passively cooling; and TPM 2.0 for advanced cyber security.

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