Satellite communications subsystems to use Ensemble and Echotek series from Mercury Computer Systems

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 7 May 2011. A high-speed satellite communications system that transfers intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to ground forces will use Ensemble and Echotek Series products from Mercury Computer Systems Inc.

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CHELMSFORD, Mass., 7 May 2011. A high-speed satellite communications system that transfers intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to ground forces will use Ensemble and Echotek Series products from Mercury Computer Systems Inc.
Mercury's integrated building block-based solution includes an OpenVPX processing module that supports both a general purpose processor and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The company will also supply a high-speed, FPGA-based digital receiver in a small, XMC form factor. These products will enable the customer to develop wideband, open architecture, scalable data link solutions, which will ensure that critical information from airborne platforms is transmitted to ground forces much faster than using traditional data links.
Mercury officials declined to name the prime contractor for the program in their public release.
"This selection exemplifies the important role Mercury plays as a trusted partner to leading prime contractors as they work to deliver high-performance systems -- especially systems that provide potentially lifesaving information to our warfighters," says Didier Thibaud, senior vice president and general manager of Mercury Computer Systems' Advanced Computing Solutions business unit. "We're pleased to expand our strong relationship with this customer and enable them to win new business."
For more information about Mercury's subsystem solutions, visit www.mc.com, or contact Mercury at 866.627.6951 or info@mc.com.

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