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Mercury, TI target WiMax

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) today announced their collaboration on the development of the Mercury MTI-203 AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card) for WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) wireless infrastructure digital base band applications.

WiMAX is an evolving standard for point-to-multipoint wireless networking that provides high-throughput broadband connections over long distances for a number of applications including high-speed enterprise connectivity for businesses.

The highly integrated module is designed to support TI's newly announced WiMAX/802.16e infrastructure solution for wireless applications, which includes software, analog, and RF products from TI. The multi-standard support for the TMS320TCI6482 digital signal processor (DSP) is expected to provide a fertile development ground for OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing), a technique for transmitting large amounts of digital data over a radio wave, and other emerging air interfaces in general.

The Mercury MTI-203 will be anchored with three TCI6482 DSPs and a supporting compute node to create a WiMAX infrastructure base band solution. The module will enable all physical layer (PHY) base band processing required for a 20 MHz, TDD, multi-antenna solution with Smart Antenna MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) enabled. As a base band development platform, the MTI- 203 is designed to support advanced features such as Smart Antenna and MIMO transmission across a breadth of air interfaces. Visit www.mc.com/atca www.mc.com/atca for more information on Mercury's AMC modules.

"Combining TI DSPs and an FPGA on the same AMC module provides the best of both worlds -- customers can benefit from partitioning their application to the most appropriate processing technology on the same AMC," said Mark Skalabrin, Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Solutions business at Mercury. "TI and Mercury worked closely together to specify a turnkey base band solution on an AMC that will focus on solving customers' problems using the best technology available."

Mercury Computer Systems Inc.

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