Mercury combines MATLAB with RACE

Engineers at Mercury Computer Systems in Chelmsford, Mass., wanted a design tool to create a new integrated environment for the development and rapid prototyping of large-scale, embedded signal processing applications.

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Mercury combines MATLAB with RACE

Engineers at Mercury Computer Systems in Chelmsford, Mass., wanted a design tool to create a new integrated environment for the development and rapid prototyping of large-scale, embedded signal processing applications.

So they chose the MATLAB development tool from The MathWorks in Natick, Mass., to form the RACE MATLAB Math Library.

The new program available from Mercury enables M-file programs developed in MATLAB language to be rapidly targeted to RACE PowerPC and i860 embedded computer systems. The development library also provides single-precision, MATLAB-compiled M-file execution on Sun Solaris workstations. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - better known as DARPA - supported the initial development of the proof of concept for the development tool.

"The MathWorks is recognized as the leading provider of algorithm development and modeling tools by our customers in both the defense and medical marketplace," says Jay Bertelli, president and chief executive officer of Mercury Computer Systems. "The RACE MATLAB Math Library product will allow these customers to port and test their MATLAB-derived code more quickly on an embedded RACE PowerPC or i860 multicomputer system, and deliver their products more rapidly."

The integrated environment of the RACE MATLAB Math Library enables users to compile MATLAB M-files to produce executable C code for rapid prototyping. This eliminates the need to hand code complex mathematical functions in C, MathWorks officials claim. This efficient path to code generation and prototyping helps users accurately size applications and identify how much computer power they need. In this way, they can eliminate weeks to months from project development schedules, and ease the task of going from workstation-based research to a real-time, high-performance embedded solution, company officials say. - J.M.

For more information on MATLAB contact Liz Callanan by phone at 508-647-7417, by mail at The MathWorks Inc., 24 Prime Park Way, Natick, Mass. 01760-1500, by e-mail at lcallanan@mathworks.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www. mathworks.com.

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