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  • Helping customers address the broad range of sensor processing Mercury has evolved into a provider of open, end-to-end sensor processing subsystems. We now offer a product set that spans the entire ISR sensor processing chain, from acquisition to dissemination. Explore the sensor chain below.
  • Capturing a signal is the first stage of the signal processing chain. In the RF space, the initial challenge is often detecting the signal. Mercury’s ultra-fast RF tuners help the sensor focus on a particular signal of interest before it ends or shifts to another frequency. The result of fast tuning speed, combined with a wide band of frequency coverage is a very high probability of intercept for SIGINT and EW applications.
  • Signals are converted from analog to digital in the Digitize phase. Mercury’s digital receivers feature multiple analog-to-digital converters (ADC) and specially programmed FPGAs. These components condition the data to preserve high fidelity, thereby maximizing signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range, essential for subsequent stages. In addition, Mercury’s ability to integrate multiple receivers on the same system creates multi-channel coherency, vital for direction finding.
  • The third stage in the signal processing chain is Process, where the digital signal is analyzed, measured, deciphered or turned into an image. EW/SIGINT signals, for instance, might be compared to other signals for matching purposes, while synthetic aperture radar signals become pictures of terrain with photographic quality. In both cases, Mercury’s server-class Intel-based digital signal processing (DSP) modules make complex real-time processing possible.
  • Storage enables analysts to work with the data from any stage of the signal processing chain. Mercury offers ultra-dense digital storage units (DSU) to house the terabytes of data collected by platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles. The innovative, modular design of our DSU solutions enables you to deploy storage that meets your specific application needs. You can specify SWaP constraints, environmental requirements, redundancy needs, data interface protocols and data security technologies.
  • A determination is made about the signal or image captured by the platform. Does the tread in the dirt belong to an enemy tank? Is the person of interest on the ground carrying a weapon? Today, exploitation is performed by humans, but ultimately, it will be performed on board the platform — an undertaking that will require a massive amount of processing power. Fortunately, advances in general purpose GPUs (GPGPUS) make it possible.
  • At this stage, the sensor data stream has been modified and is ready to be transmitted, either as information or as an electronic countermeasure (ECM). For some applications, the information extracted from the sensor data stream is disseminated to people who need it. For radar jamming and other ECM applications, the sensor stream is processed and a response is transmitted with very low latency to confuse enemy devices.
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CAPABILITIES ACROSS THE SENSOR PROCESSING CHAIN

Mercury Systems is the first commercial company with domain capability across the whole sensor processing chain. From RF/Microwave signal processing, to analog/digital conversion, to secure computing and actionable intelligence dissemination, Mercury has for over 30-years consistently invested 15-20% of revenues developing our Ensemble® interoperable building blocks for EW/EA, SIGINT and Radar processing subassemblies. Our IRAD investment in Modular Open Systems Architectures (MOSAs) solutions significantly lowers program risk and integration costs, leading to faster times to solution and market, while delivering high technology readiness levels, interoperability, and rapid technology adoption.

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Our technology development model champions interoperable MOSA building blocks to leverage the best commercial technology and has enabled us to develop the broadest and most contemporary suite of sensor chain building blocks available. Mercury’ Ensemble sensor chain building blocks are aligned with the US Department of Defense’s Better Buying Power initiatives for increased affordability, interoperability, and efficient access to technology from the American industrial base. Mercury continues to seek better, faster, and more affordable ways to deliver ever smaller (lower SWaP), more powerful solutions with new capabilities and techniques that better protect and inform our warfighters and allies alike.