Embedded Computer is ruggedized for harsh environments.

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Designed for desktop use in laboratory or software development environment, PowerBlock 50 EDK includes PowerBlock(TM) 50 system, Linux BSP development environment, and desktop heat rejection unit. It is customizable into configurations that include PowerQUICC(TM), Virtex(TM)-4, and Intel processors and SATA storage. Optimized for real-time image, sensor, and signal processing, PowerBlock(TM) 50 compact, handheld embedded computer weighs less than 10 lb, measuring 4 x 5 x 6 in.

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Mercury Computer Systems Unveils Ultra-Compact Rugged Computer that Puts More than 100 GFLOPS of Processing Power in the Palm of your Hand

The Mercury PowerBlock 50 packs 5x performance improvement over available systems, in a six-inch footprint that weighs in at 7 pounds

Moves from lab desktop to deployment on next-generation small ground, naval, and air vehicles

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 5 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRCY), a leading provider of specialized, high-performance computing solutions for complex applications, unveiled its smallest embedded system yesterday at an exclusive event in conjunction with the Critical Embedded Systems (CES) MediaFest 2008, which commences today at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas in Scottsdale, AZ.

The PowerBlock(TM) 50 system from Mercury Computer Systems is a high-performance, ultra-compact embedded computer designed for maximum performance in a minimal footprint, for small platforms in the 6- to 10-pound range. Optimized for real-time image, sensor, and signal processing and ruggedized for harsh environments, it is fully integrated and programmable, with state-of-the-art liquid cooling. The PowerBlock 50 extends Mercury's robust offering of computing solutions available in very small to large form factors to suit a broad range of customer applications.

The system's modular architecture allows for flexible configurations of multiple processors, delivering well over 100 GFLOPS of processing power in a small, lightweight package. A fully configured PowerBlock 50 weighs less than 10 pounds, measuring approximately 4" x 5" x 6" - and can be held comfortably in one hand.

"The PowerBlock 50 was specifically designed to help our customer base pursue 6- to 10-pound payloads, and revolutionizes the ability to perform extreme computing in space- and weight-constrained applications," said Brian Hoerl, Vice President of Sales for Advanced Computing Solutions at Mercury Computer Systems. "With groundbreaking processing density and a flexible development environment, the PowerBlock 50 extends Mercury's strategy of enabling new levels of computing power for systems embedded in small platforms."

The system is available now as the PowerBlock 50 EDK (Engineering Development Kit), which is a complete software development platform. The EDK includes a PowerBlock 50 system, Linux BSP development environment, and a desktop heat rejection unit (HRU) to support the PowerBlock 50's cooling requirements. As the first in a series of small form factor platforms, the PowerBlock 50 EDK is designed for desktop use in a laboratory or software development environment, for development and optimization of runtime software deployable on PowerBlock 50 systems.

The PowerBlock 50 EDK is customizable into configurations that include PowerQUICC(TM), Virtex(TM)-4, and Intel processors, and SATA storage. Each configuration includes Gigabit Ethernet and RS-232 I/O interfaces.

The PowerBlock 50 EDK is available today. For more information, visit Mercury at CES May 5-6 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas in Scottsdale, AZ; visit mc.com/powerblock50; contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951, or e-mail your request to info@mc.com.

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. - Where Challenges Drive Innovation

Mercury Computer Systems (www.mc.com) provides specialized, high-performance computing systems and software designed for complex HPC and embedded applications in a range of industries that include aerospace and defense, telecommunications, medical imaging, semiconductor, EDA, and more.

Our products blend unmatched expertise in algorithm optimization and silicon design with software application knowledge and industry-standard technologies. Mercury's comprehensive, purpose-built solutions capture, process, and present data for the world's largest medical imaging companies, 8 of the 10 top defense prime contractors, and other leading Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in semiconductor, energy, telecommunications, and other industries. 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 distributors. We are listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (NASDAQ:MRCY).

Contacts onsite at CES:
Tom Roberts, Product Marketing Manager
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

Corporate contact:
Kathy Sniezek, Public Relations Manager
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

FCMN Contact: bkoch@mc.com

Source: Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

Web site: http://www.mc.com/

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