ANDOVER, Mass.Mercury Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:MRCY) in Andover, Massachusetts, is introducing its TRRUST-Stor VPX RT family of space-qualified, radiation-tolerant, secure, solid-state drives (SSD) featuring BuiltSECURE technology for commercial satellite applications and in radiation-intense environments, including high-altitude aircraft, airborne weapons, and mission-critical ground computing systems.
Company officials are calling it “the first commercial SSD precision-engineered for the harshest possible operating environments.” Mercury Systems' new product line leverages VITA OpenVPX standards to reduce customers' design cycles and mitigate program risk.
Mercury Systems' new TRRUST-Stor VPX RT space-qualified, radiation-tolerant, secure, solid-state drives (SSD) featuring BuiltSECURE technology.
Conventional storage devices for space applications are designed with legacy architectures limiting data transfer rates to less than 1 gigabyte per second. These architectures fail to include error correction algorithms to counter the effects of ionizing radiation damage to the flash memory storage elements, thereby compromising data integrity, officials say. These solutions lock system architects into a costly custom backplane solution, removing the benefits of interoperability and cost savings enabled by open standard architectures, they say.
Advanced BuiltSECURE error correction algorithms paired with large-geometry, industrial-grade Single-Level Cell (SLC) NAND flash memory. Designed for fault tolerance with up to six failed NAND devices, the company's new device offers long-term data integrity for applications where device repair or replacement is cost-prohibitive. Recognizing that no two mission requirements are identical, customers can tailor power consumption against performance requirements for each unique mission. Mercury's new storage product is designed for seamless integration with the OpenVPX ecosystem of processing boards and chassis.
"Having supplied commercial RF and microwave devices for more than 30 years for space applications, we are now leveraging the power of Mercury's next-generation business model to deliver the first commercial SSD ruggedized for space environments," says Iain Mackie, vice president and general manager of Mercury's Microelectronics Secure Solutions group. "Our innovative fault-tolerant design protects our customers' high-value investment using our deep domain expertise in secure solid-state drive design and manufacturing."
Mercury's portfolio of advanced digital microelectronic solutions are designed and manufactured in a Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-accredited facility for design, packaging, test, and broker services.
Mercury Systems is a commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Mercury's solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry's current and emerging technology needs.