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September 21, 2018

Mercury to produce military-grade memory devices for defence customer

US-based Mercury Systems has been contracted by an unnamed defence prime contractor for the first high-volume production shipment of its military-grade BuiltSECURE devices.

US-based Mercury Systems has been contracted by an unnamed defence prime contractor for the first high-volume production shipment of its military-grade BuiltSECURE memory devices.

The company is producing new secure memory devices manufactured with high-density, double-data rate fourth-generation (DDR4), synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM).

The BuiltSECURE DDR4 SDRAM devices will be integrated into the radar warning receiver of a command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) system used by the defence contractor.

Mercury Systems’ rugged BuiltSECURE solution integrates 8GB of high-speed secure DDR4 into a 13mm by 20mm ultra-compact ball grid array (BGA) package optimised for reliability in size, weight and power (SWaP)-constrained, processing-intense military environments.

“For almost two decades, our miniaturisation technology has transformed DDR memory into ultra-SWaP optimised devices that consistently deliver performance even in the toughest military environments.”

Mercury Systems Microelectronics Secure Solutions Group vice-president and general manager Iain Mackie said: “For almost two decades, our miniaturisation technology has transformed DDR memory into ultra-SWaP optimised devices that consistently deliver performance even in the toughest military environments.

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“Defence prime contractors can trust Mercury for assured supply continuity of high-speed DDR4 memory for next-generation military computing systems where a split second of latency may determine mission success.”

The devices have a height of less than 2.5mm and can be positioned at the backside of the printed circuit board placement, allowing incorporation of additional components on the front side.

Production of Mercury’s BuiltSECURE devices portfolio is carried out at its Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-accredited facility in Arizona, US.

In November last year, the company shipped the defence industry’s first BuiltSecure DDR4 SDRAM memory devices to be integrated into a next-generation computing system for a military avionics command, control and intelligence application.

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