Mercury Computer Systems Reinvigorates UAV Program and Homeland Security Application

CHELMSFORD, Mass. , April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading provider of specialized, high-performance computing solutions for HPC and embedded computing markets, was awarded design wins by two global technology companies that specialize in information systems and solutions for security applications.

Mercury puts the SPARC back into leading reconnaissance program

A long-standing defense customer enlisted Mercury to help sustain its UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) program by providing a powerful single-board computer to replace its SPARC (Scalable Processor ARChitecture)-based solution, which was discontinued by a third party. Mercury supplied the Momentum Series VLA-150 UltraSPARC(R) IIi+ Single-Board Computer, a high- performance 6U module that provides flexible I/O and board-to-board communications to other systems.

To meet the existing and forecasted demands of the customer's program, Mercury obtained a substantial inventory of UltraSPARC IIi+ processors, which prevented a premature technology refresh and will result in significant cost and time savings for the customer.

Mercury delivers faster, better imaging with 5x system performance improvement

A leading provider of inspection solutions turned to Mercury to gain a competitive edge for its scanning system. Mercury evaluated several hardware acceleration technologies, including FPGAs and GPUs, before landing on a solution using the multicore Cell Broadband Engine(TM) processor.

Mercury maximized processor performance with a customized algorithm. Combined with Mercury's MultiCore Framework software and professional services, the customer achieved a 5x performance increase and enhanced image scans.

"The computing industry's rapid shift to multicore processing is driving the need for proven, programmable multicomputer solutions and, in turn, driving new customers to Mercury," said Didier Thibaud , Senior Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Computing Solutions for Mercury Computer Systems. "Our proven approach to solving complex computing problems across many applications and platforms is unique. By combining our unique problem- solving capabilities with our growing portfolio of products and services, Mercury is able to offer unbeatable value to our customers."

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Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. - Where Challenges Drive Innovation

Mercury Computer Systems ( 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).

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This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those relating to the design wins as described herein. You can identify these statements by our use of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic and business conditions, including unforeseen weakness in the Company's markets, effects of continued geo- political unrest and regional conflicts, competition, changes in technology and methods of marketing, delays in completing engineering and manufacturing programs, changes in customer order patterns, changes in product mix, continued success in technological advances and delivering technological innovations, continued funding of defense programs, the timing of such funding, changes in the U.S. Government's interpretation of federal procurement rules and regulations, market acceptance of the Company's products, shortages in components, production delays due to performance quality issues with outsourced components, inability to fully realize the expected benefits from acquisitions or delays in realizing such benefits, challenges in integrating acquired businesses and achieving anticipated synergies, and difficulties in retaining key customers. These risks and uncertainties also include such additional risk factors as are discussed in the Company's recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007 . The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made.

Cell Broadband Engine is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Challenges Drive Innovation and Momentum are trademarks, and RACE++ is a registered trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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