Mercury Systems

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Mercury Systems, Inc. NASDAQMRCY provides commercially developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems, software and services for commercial defense and intelligence applications.


Founded in 1981, Mercury Systems is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, with more than 600 employees in offices around the world.

In 2012, Mercury Computer Systems acquired Micronetics for $74.9 Million.[1]

On November 13, 2012, the company changed its name from Mercury Computer Systems to Mercury Systems.[2]

Products and services[edit]

Mercury products have been deployed in approximately 300 different military programs (e.g., Aegis, Patriot, SEWIP, Gorgon Stare, Predator/Reaper) with 26 different prime defense contractors (e.g., Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin).


Mercury systems transform sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms, Mercury’s systems process real-time radar, video and signals intelligence data. These systems are also used in semiconductor imaging applications, including photomask generation and wafer inspection.

Mercury provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications. Mercury products are targeted at mission requirements within the defense industry for C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and electronic warfare (EW) systems and services. Markets targeted by Mercury include maritime defense, airborne reconnaissance, ballistic missile defense, ground mobile and force protection systems and tactical communications and network systems.


Mercury has founded and/or participated in emerging technologies and industry standards such as RapidIO and OpenVPX. Mercury’s commercially developed hardware and software product capabilities cover the ISR spectrum from acquisition and digitization of the signal, to processing of the signal, through the exploitation and dissemination of the information.

Hardware products[edit]

Mercury provides a family of products designed to meet requirements in compute-intensive, signal processing and image processing applications, multi-computer interconnect fabrics, sensor interfaces and command and control functions. Mercury started the OpenVPX™ initiative, which had the goal of providing customers with multi-vendor interoperable hardware built to well-defined system standards.

Mercury’s hardware products are typically compute-intensive and require high inter-processor bandwidth and high I/O capacity. These systems often must meet size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints for use in aircraft, UAVs, ships and other vehicles, and they must be ruggedized for use in rugged environments. They are used in both commercial industrial applications, such as ground radar air traffic control, and advanced defense applications, including space-time adaptive processing, synthetic aperture radar, airborne early warning, command control communication and information systems, mission planning, image intelligence and signal intelligence systems.

Software products[edit]

Mercury designs, markets and sells software and middleware environments intended to accelerate development and execution of complex signal and image processing applications on a broad range of platforms. Mercury’s software suite is based on open standards and includes heterogeneous processor support with high-performance math libraries, multi-computing fabric support, net-centric and system management enabling services, extended operating system services, board support packages and development tools.

Major innovations[edit]

  • OpenVPX — Open architecture framework that drives VPX system-level interoperability and lowers costs
  • RapidIO — Open standard, high-performance, embedded switch fabric architecture
  • POET — Provides low-latency, high-bandwidth communications between PCIe, RapidIO and other fabrics
  • RACE++

Company structure[edit]

Mercury Systems is composed of two business units: Mercury Commercial Electronics and Mercury Defense Systems.

Mercury Commercial Electronics[edit]

The Mercury Commercial Electronics (MCE) business unit provides commercially developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems for commercial, defense and intelligence applications.

Mercury Defense Systems[edit]

The Mercury Defense Systems (MDS) business unit provides open sensor processing systems to prime contractors by leveraging commercially available technologies and systems from the company’s Commercial Electronics business area.


  1. ^ "Military and Aerospace Electronics". Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Mercury Systems (November 13, 2012) Mercury Computer Systems Announces Name Change to "Mercury Systems" press release.

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