Industry-First Safe, SOSA Aligned Mission Computer Launched 

Mercury Systems’ open standards-based DAL-certifiable system delivers up to 40x more performance than current-generation computers while saving space, power and costs By DA Staff / 19 May 2022
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Mercury Systems, Inc. has launched the new Avionics Modular Mission Platform (AMMP), which it claims is the industry’s first DAL-certifiable, Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) aligned, 3U OpenVPX mission computer. 

Featuring the latest Intel Core i7 safety-certifiable processors, AMMP delivers up to 40x more performance than current-generation avionics computers while drawing 50% less power and is designed for use on a wide range of platforms including rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, ground stations and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

By leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous capabilities, Mercury’s modular scalable mission computer improves decision accuracy and response times for pilots, making pilots and their aircraft safer and more capable.

“Safety-certified flight mission computers are often built with custom or proprietary architectures that make them difficult and expensive to maintain and upgrade,” said Jay Abendroth, vice president, Mercury Mission. “In contrast, our new AMMP system offers the perfect combination of cutting-edge commercial processing, DAL-A artifacts and alignment with the SOSA specification. This cutting-edge technology is a great example of how our strategy and investments in secure processing, trusted microelectronics, and open mission systems are serving as the engines of growth in the business. It also aligns well with the DoD’s need for open mission systems supporting their Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) mandate.”

Mercury’s AMMP is purpose-built to support advanced and real-time safety-critical applications such as mission management, sensor fusion/processing, surveillance, 5G communications and AI. 

The computer comes integrated with Mercury’s BuiltSAFE Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) multi-core single board computers, avionics IO, video processing and software to deliver flawless performance while simplifying integration and the certification process, saving customers valuable time and money.

Mercury can also integrate a display, mapping system, cockpit management system and sensors with AMMP to maximize interoperability, optimize display performance and save customer integration time.

Key features:

  • SOSA aligned architecture for faster integration and sustainment at a lower cost
  • Multiple Intel® Core™ i7 Gen 11 processors with integrated GPUs for increased performance
  • A range of avionics I/O including ARINC-429 to capture and distribute HD video
  • Fully configurable, independent 3U boards to run multiple, mixed safety workloads
  • Rugged, compact, and low power design to reduce risk and save aircraft resources
  • Green Hills, Lynx and Linux board support packages to achieve FAA CAST-32A objectives
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