Mercury Systems Announces Breakthroughs in Module and Subsystem Cooling Technologies for OpenVPX

Mercury Systems Announces Breakthroughs in Module and Subsystem Cooling
Technologies for OpenVPX

Innovations Include Integrated Thermal Solutions for Existing Air-Cooled and
Conduction-Cooled Standards, Plus a New Air Flow-By(TM) Solution That Offers
Unprecedented Levels of OpenVPX(TM)-Slot Cooling

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Dec. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mercury Systems, Inc.
(Nasdaq:MRCY) (, a best-of-breed provider of commercially
developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems for critical
commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced industry-leading
innovations in thermal management for air-cooled, conduction-cooled and VITA
48 subsystem chassis. These new solutions establish Mercury as a forerunner in
addressing the insatiable industry demand for more processing performance at
the mezzanine, module and system levels. Because more and more heat is
generated by increasing levels of performance, discharging that heat out of
today's advanced computing solutions is more challenging than ever.

"Our new thermal-management solutions are capable of dissipating tremendous
amounts of thermal energy, while still meeting the same or smaller size,
weight and power requirements for the overall solution," said Darryl McKenney,
Vice President of Mercury's Engineering Services team. "By understanding the
thermal profile for each specific component that makes up a system, we created
innovations in the mass transfer of thermal energy that work at the individual
component, module and subsystem level."

According to Paul Monticciolo, Vice President and CTO of Mercury Systems,
"These new cooling technologies offer tremendous benefits for our customers
that are looking to take advantage of current and future high-performance,
high-power sensor processing technologies. We feel this technology will be
quickly adopted into a wide range of applications; it's another example of
Mercury innovation."

Air-Cooled Solution

Mercury's improved air-cooled integrated XMC thermal solution addresses the
need for a standards-based approach to draw heat away from today's
high-powered mezzanine cards, then onto the carrier module and ultimately out
of the system in air-cooled environments. By adding "hooks" that connect to a
thermal bridge between the card and module, the solution typically reduces
mezzanine card temperatures by more than 5 degrees Celsius. This results in a
five-times improvement in MTBF (mean time between failures), while remaining
compliant with the VITA 48.1 mechanical specification for air cooling.

Conduction-Cooled Solution

The new conduction-cooled solution tackles the industry's need for an
effective way to remove heat from mezzanine cards, while staying within the
ANSI/VITA 20 requirements for conduction-cooled PMCs. By leveraging
flexibility built into the specification, Mercury's advancement calls for the
removal of the optional thermal ribs and the addition of a mezzanine cold
plate that attaches to the carrier module. This creates a cooling area that is
up to six times the area of the legacy solution. Once implemented, maximum
power levels of the mezzanine site that can be cooled are increased from 15
watts per mezzanine site to an impressive 50 watts.

Air Flow-By

Mercury's revolutionary Air Flow-By^™ (AFB) cooling techniques for VITA
48.7/48.1 circuit card assemblies reduce module weight by more than 20
percent, reduce the power of a typical system by greater than 5 percent, and
improve the MTBF by five times. The AFB covers wrap around existing modules to
create a sealed environment for protection against dust and contaminants,
Level-2 Maintenance (L2M) and EMI shielding (acts as an electrical Faraday
cage). The specially designed enclosures draw heat from the internal
components to the exterior surface, where air is flowed across both sides of
the module for maximum cooling efficiency. Designed with today's C-SWaP (cost,
size, weight and power) requirements in mind, AFB modules are offered in
1-inch pitch and attain industry-leading levels of thermal performance,
providing over 200 watts per-slot of 6U cooling capacity — even when deployed
in rugged environments. Uniquely versatile, AFB systems are capable of
providing slots for conduction-cooled, while the AFB modules can be used side
by side with air-cooled modules, thus easing the transition from legacy

All three innovations (air-cooled, conduction-cooled and AFB) are available
today for high-powered radar, EO/IR, SIGINT and EW applications on rugged
ground-based and airborne platforms. For more information on these offerings
or Mercury Systems, visit or contact Mercury at (866)
627-6951 or

Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters^™

Mercury Systems (Nasdaq:MRCY) is a best-of-breed provider of commercially
developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems, software and services
for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications. We deliver
innovative solutions, rapid time-to-value and world-class service and support
to our prime contractor customers. Mercury Systems has worked on over 300
programs, including Aegis, Patriot, SEWIP, Gorgon Stare and Predator/Reaper.
We are based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit

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risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued funding of
defense programs, the timing of such funding, general economic and business
conditions, including unforeseen weakness in the Company's markets, effects of
continued geopolitical 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, 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 and divestitures or delays in realizing
such benefits, challenges in integrating acquired businesses and achieving
anticipated synergies, changes to export regulations, increases in tax rates,
changes to generally accepted accounting principles, difficulties in retaining
key employees and customers, unanticipated costs under fixed-price service and
system integration engagements, and various other factors beyond our control.
These risks and uncertainties also include such additional risk factors as are
discussed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
June 30, 2012. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon
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Mercury Systems, Innovation That Matters and Air Flow-By are trademarks of
Mercury Systems, Inc. OpenVPX is a trademark of VITA. Other product and
company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of
their respective holders.

CONTACT: Robert McGrail, Director of Corporate Communications
         Mercury Systems
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