Alliance Develops Military/Aerospace Standards

November 2, 2010

Emerson Network Power and Mercury Computer Systems will collaborate to drive the OpenVPX interoperability standard across product lines to promote open architecture-based computing infrastructures.

MILCOM, SAN JOSE, CA. -- Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, and Mercury Computer Systems Inc., a trusted ISR subsystems provider, announced that they will collaborate to promote interoperability on open standards-based subsystems for military and aerospace applications. The alliance seeks to provide interoperability between the companies' rich range of embedded computing solutions to enable defense customers to migrate their performance away from proprietary, closed architectures to flexible, open solutions, reducing risk and lowering development and deployment costs as a result.

"Mercury and Emerson Network Power are both strong supporters of the movement to open computing architectures for defense prime contractors and commercial customers," said Didier Thibaud, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mercury Computer Systems Advanced Computing Solutions business unit. "Emerson Network Power's technology prowess, with its roots in VMEbus leadership, via its acquisition of Motorola's Embedded Communications Computing group, combined with Mercury's leadership in driving the OpenVPX standard, provides a strong basis for driving the next level of OpenVPX interoperability," Mr. Thibaud added.

"This collaboration reflects the move to open architecture-based computing infrastructures to support the convergence of applications in the defense industry," said Stephen Dow, President of the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. "Working with industry leaders such as Mercury to create integrated, standards-based computing platforms enables Emerson Network Power to help our customers optimize embedded computing technologies so they can focus on adding unique application value for their customers."

The alliance combines the strengths of both companies: Mercury's leadership in high-performance signal and image processing, open standards hardware and software, and systems integration and services and Emerson Network Power's leadership in standards-based embedded computing technology for the telecommunications, industrial automation, aerospace/defense, and medical markets.

About Mercury Computer Systems
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. is a best-of-breed provider of open, application-ready, multi-INT subsystems for the ISR market. With 25+ years experience in embedded computing, superior domain expertise in radar, EW, EO/IR, C4I, and sonar applications, and more than 300 successful program deployments, including Aegis, Global Hawk, and Predator, Mercury's Services and Systems Integration team "leads the industry in partnering with defense and commercial customers to design and integrate system-level solutions that minimize program risk, maximize application portability, and accelerate customers' time to market."

Mercury is based in Chelmsford, MA, and serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors. For more information, contact Mercury at 866-627-6951 or

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is a global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care, and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas, including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. For more information on Emerson Network Power's embedded computing products and services, including ATCA, COM Express, CompactPCI, embedded motherboards, MicroTCA, and VMEbus for original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators in the telecommunications, industrial automation, aerospace/defense, and medical markets, visit the company's Web site.

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