Mercury Wins Innovation of the Year for PowerBlock 200

Congratulations to Mercury Computer Systems for winning the 2006 Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace & Defense Computer Product Innovation of the Year Award. They received the award for developing the PowerBlock(TM) 200, which is a compact and rugged signal processing appliance based on the Cell Broadband Engine processor.

The PowerBlock 200 is the first rugged device designed with the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor. With the processing capacity of 12-20 PowerPC processors or 45 Intel Pentium 4 processors, in a one-half cubic foot rugged chassis, the PowerBlock 200 can bring the battlefield visualization and decision aids computing power of a research laboratory to tactical vehicles in the field. The system has four 2-Gb Fibre Channel interfaces and nine Gigabit Ethernet ports for sensor input/output (I/O). To support communications, the PowerBlock 200 features two RS-232 serial ports and general purpose I/O ports. Other I/O options are available via open-standard mezzanine card expansion sites. Applications on the Cell Broadband Engine processor include an Intel Architecture development/simulation environment and a Linux support package.

The award is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within their industry. The recipient company has shown innovation by launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies.

The award analyst team tracks all new product launches, R&D spending, products in development, and new product features and modifications. All new product launches and new products in development in each company are then compared and evaluated based on degree of innovation and customer satisfaction. Finally, companies are then ranked by number of new product launches and new products in development.

Other criteria used in this award include:

  • Significance of new product(s) in their industry
  • Competitive advantage of new product(s) in their industry
  • Product innovation in terms of unique or revolutionary technology
  • Product acceptance in the marketplace
  • New product value-added services provided to customers
  • Number of competitors with similar product(s)