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Mercury offers ultracompact rugged 100 GFLOP computer

Posted: 08 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mercury PowerBlock 50? GFLOP computer 100? embedded?

Mercury Computer Systems unveils its smallest embedded system. The system, dubbed the PowerBlock 50, is an ultra-compact embedded computer designed for platforms in the 6- to 10-pound range. It is optimized for real-time image, sensor, and signal processing, and is fully integrated and programmable, with state-of-the-art liquid cooling.

The system's modular architecture allows for flexible configurations of multiple processors, delivering over 100 GFLOPS of processing power. A fully configured PowerBlock 50 weighs less than 10 pounds, measuring approximately 4-inch x 5-inch x 6-inch.

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. 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 environments. The PowerBlock 50 EDK is customizable into configurations that include PowerQUICC, Virtex-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.

- Kenton Williston
DSP DesignLine





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