Mercury Systems Inc., announced the SCFE6931 processing module, the first in the industry to incorporate integrated artificial intelligence (AI) processing functionality. Featuring dual Xilinx® Versal™ AI Core adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP) processors, the 6U OpenVPX ™ heterogeneous processing module delivers performance improvements up to 20× more than today's fastest FPGA implementations and 100× more than today's fastest CPU implementations. The result is significantly more processing power for a wide variety of digital signal processing-intensive applications such as radar, 5G wireless, electronic warfare and signals intelligence.

“Demanding radar, AI and similar processing-intensive applications rely on rapid technology adoption to keep pace with evolving threats,” said Neal Austin, vice president and general manager, Mercury Microelectronics. “Mercury’s new ACAP-based signal processing modules meet our customers’ demand for greater processing power needed for real-time tactical decision making. From essential components and modules to pre-integrated subsystems, our innovative portfolio of solutions is open, scalable and easily integrates with our customers’ platforms, demonstrating our commitment to Innovation that Matters.”

The Versal ACAP AI processing power and novel architecture maximizes performance, regardless of application or data type, by incorporating scalar processing, vector processing and next-generation FPGA fabric into a single 6U module. Designed to be delivered in a variety of cooling options, the SCFE6931 is ideal for applications that require high-performance operation in harsh environments. Additionally, the module’s OpenVPX, SOSA-aligned design enables agile system integration. Like all Mercury FPGA boards, the SCFE6931 module is built around EchoCore® IP to provide design verification testing infrastructure functionality right out of the box, optimizing time-to-market and reducing development time.

“Versal ACAPs have been architected to achieve new thresholds of system-level performance for a variety of aerospace and defense applications where size, weight and power are critical,” said Manuel Uhm, director of silicon marketing, Xilinx. “We are thrilled that Mercury Systems is developing rugged Versal-based solutions for faster time-to-market for these applications.”