Next-Generation Secure ATCA Ecosystem Announced By Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading high-tech commercial provider of more affordable secure and sensor processing subsystems powering today's critical defense and intelligence applications, announced the next generation of secure AdvancedTCA ™ (ATCA) server-class compute modules to complement the Company’s innovative Ensemble ® portfolio of interoperable building blocks, taking embedded secure cloud processing to the tactical edge.

“Mercury is a pioneer in both the SWaP-focused OpenVPX ™ and performance-driven ATCA domains,” said Didier Thibaud, President of Mercury’s Commercial Electronics business unit. “Expanding upon our extensive ATCA history, our next generation of secure ATCA building blocks is the seamless union of the best ATCA commercial technology and our dense OpenVPX processing and systems integrity technologies. These building blocks are designed and manufactured in the USA, an important criterion in defense electronics where the provenance and integrity of the supply chain are paramount. Further, the security features built into these solutions address our customers’ and the DoD’s requirements for trusted computing, essential for securing the mission."

Mercury’s secure ATCA Ensemble building blocks leverage OpenVPX processing densities and the Company’s advanced, fourth generation server-class thermal management technologies for maximum processing capability and reliable operation. Personalized system integrity solutions leveraging Mercury, customer, and third party IP are achieved by utilizing the Company’s advanced domain expertise across product lines.

The first versions of Mercury's secure ATCA processing building blocks include the Ensemble HDS8613 dual Intel ® Xeon ® server-class processor blade and the Ensemble SFM8104 40Gb/s Ethernet/InfiniBand switch. The HDS8613 high density server (HDS) blade’s dual 12-core processors with Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) and full Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) are supported with up to 128GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM to deliver a combined 1.38 TFLOPS of general-purpose processing power. The blade supports multiple system integrity solutions and is equipped with an AMC mezzanine site for the broadest system integration versatility available.

The SFM8104 secure ATCA switch fabric module (SFM) supports either 40Gb/s Ethernet or InfiniBand ™ and uses advanced signal routing techniques that enable switch fabric speeds unrestricted by bit error rates. Both the processor blade and switch fabric module are packaged in single-slot, 8U ATCA modules and share ruggedization and cooling enhancements inherited from their OpenVPX pedigree. Mercury’s secure ATCA Ensemble portfolio leverages the best commercial technology from the industrial base to support the U.S. Department of Defense's Better Buying Power requirements for modular open system architectures, affordability and exportability.

“Expect to see new building blocks being added to Mercury's secure ATCA ecosystem quickly,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President of Mercury Systems' Embedded Products group. “New modules will include innovative capabilities not previously available on ATCA modules, including FPGA and additional mezzanine resources that will redefine mission capabilities, especially in regards to compute-intense sensor processing chain applications in the radar, EW, mission systems and EO/IR domains.”

Ensemble ATCA subassemblies that include both processor blades and switch fabric modules are currently shipping from the Company’s Chelmsford, Mass. facility. Additional secure ATCA modules are expected to be launched later this year.

Source: Mercury Systems
Date: Apr 13, 2015