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CPU TECH Completes Design Tryout Flight Tests for the F-16 AN/APG-68 Modernized Programmable Signal Processor.



PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Line-Replaceable Unit A line replaceable unit (LRU) is a black box of electronics, such as a radio or other auxiliary equipment for a complex engineered system like an airplane or ship. The name derives from the fact that the unit is replaced at the flightline or airport ramp area.  Employs System-On-Chip Technology to Improve Reliability and Reduce Overall Maintenance Costs of Original F-16 Block 30/40 AN/APG-68 Radar Systems

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Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit.
 Technology, Inc. (CPU TECH), a leading provider of high performance computing solutions for military and commercial systems, announced today that its prototype AN/APG-68 Modernized Programmable Signal Processor (MPSP MPSP Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (Seberang Perai Municipal Council)
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), a form-, fit- and function-compatible Line Replaceable Unit (LRU LRU - Least Recently Used ) for F-16 Block 30/40 aircraft, has completed Design Try Out (DTO DTO Data Transfer Object
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) flight tests.

The MPSP program was awarded to CPU TECH by the United States Air Force United States Air Force (USAF)

Major component of the U.S. military organization, with primary responsibility for air warfare, air defense, and military space research. It also provides air services in coordination with the other military branches. U.S.
 with the goal of upgrading the Programmable Signal Processor incorporated into the original Northrop Grumman designed F-16 AN/APG-68 Radar system to improve reliability and reduce overall maintenance costs.

The Design Tryout (DTO) Flight Testing held at Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway.  included air-to-air target tracking and missile operation as well as air-to-ground target tracking and bombing. An important milestone in the MPSP program, DTO flight test is the first opportunity for the MPSP to be functionally tested as an integrated unit while flying in an F-16 aircraft.

"We are very encouraged by the results of the DTO," said Brad Dyer, MPSP Program Director at CPU TECH. "All of the main functions of the design have been verified, and we will apply the lessons learned from this exercise to the pre-production version of the MPSP and future CPU TECH signal processing applications."

Prior to the DTO flight tests, the MPSP prototype systems underwent functional testing at Hill Air Force Base in both Block 30 and Block 40 configurations with additional development testing performed at Tyndall Air Force Base Tyndall Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force in Bay County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,757 at the 2000 census. The base is operated by the 325th Fighter Wing. . Environmental Qualification Testing of the prototype has been completed at various laboratory facilities under contract to CPU TECH.

Pre-production MPSP units are scheduled for delivery to the Air Force in early 2005 with a release to formal flight test by mid-2005.

AN/APG-68 Modernized Programmable Signal Processor

CPU TECH's AN/APG-68 Programmable Signal Processor modernization effort embodies an evolutionary approach to resolving the reliability and obsolescence ob·so·les·cent  
adj.
1. Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.

2. Biology Gradually disappearing; imperfectly or only slightly developed.
 issues associated with sophisticated long life-cycle electronics systems. By applying unique System-on-Chip (SoC) technology, CPU TECH delivers system solutions that are more reliable, lighter, consume less power, and are backward compatible with legacy software applications.

The CPU TECH Modernized Programmable Signal Processor for the AN/APG-68 has been engineered to eliminate 80 percent of the circuit card assemblies and approximately 40 percent of the system weight from the original unit. The newly redesigned system requires only five percent of the original system's power and will improve reliability by a factor of 10, offering a substantial potential cost savings to the US Air Force over the program life.

About CPU Technology, Inc.

CPU Technology, Inc. develops and manufactures compatible, next-generation solutions for OEMs in the high-end computing market. The company's patented, automated electronic system-level design and verification technologies radically reduce the cost and time required to develop or modernize high-end systems. CPU Tech's innovative embedded multiprocessor architectures and advanced application of System-on-Chip technology, yield highly reliable solutions which are smaller, lighter and more power efficient. The company's technology uniquely solves industry-wide problems such as electronic component and subsystem obsolescence. CPU Tech is a privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 founded in 1989 and headquartered in Pleasanton, California with business development offices in Reston, Virginia. Current investors include The Carlyle Group.

Additional information about CPU Technology, Inc., can be found at www.cputech.com.
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