Military Embedded Systems

ISR subsystem makes things a lot easier

Product

June 01, 2010

Sharon Hess

Military Embedded Systems

Chris A. Cuifo

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

ISR subsystem makes things a lot easier

Wouldn't life be easier if engineers could just put an entire already-made subsystem into their design and move on, exponentially speeding development time and ease?

Wouldn’t life be easier if engineers could just put an entire already-made subsystem into their design and move on, exponentially speeding development time and ease? Sounds too good to be true, but that’s precisely what Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. is offering in the form of its OpenVPX (VITA 65)-based ISR subsystem. The subsystem, already deployed in an unnamed rugged platform, is crafted to execute Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) within the ISR realm. After all, this is just the sort of “high-end” image- and signal-processing subsystem that deployed warfighters need to heighten their own situational awareness and provide the parallel data stream computing capabilities paramount to mission success.

The ISR subsystem’s primary enabler is Mercury’s Ensemble 6000 Series GSC6200 OpenVPX-based GPU processing module. Not only does the OpenVPX form factor make the subsystem wide open for compatibility in cutting-edge rugged defense systems, but GPU incorporation also renders some strong SWaP advantages. GSC6200 features the MxM GPU form factor to expedite ATI or NVIDIA GPU integration or upgrades. Not only that, the ISR subsystem uses open standards-based APIs, simplifying the process of mixing and matching with other wares.