SoC-based F-16 Radar System Passes Initial Tests at Edwards AFB.
PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2003
CPU Technology, Inc(R). (CPU Tech) today announced that it has successfully completed preliminary testing of the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) based Modernized Programmable Signal Processor (MPSP) Radar System at Edwards Air Force Base. Comprised of 1.44 billion transistors, the MPSP contains the most advanced SoC technology available. The MPSP is a new Radar Computer and Radar Signal Processor for the U.S. Air Force and foreign F-16 Fighter Aircraft. Initial testing consisted of in-aircraft power up, exercise of all radar modes, BIT (Built-In-Tests), and tracking of ground and air vehicles.
When final test bench and flight testing are completed by CPU Tech and the Air Force, the MPSP will enable a significant improvement in radar reliability and a dramatic reduction in F-16 Fire Control Radar Operations and Support Costs.
The MPSP program represents a large-scale insertion of modern commercial SoC technology into a real time embedded system. The use of SoC technology reduced the electronics content of the Programmable Signal Processor from approximately 10,000 components to less than 100 components and reduced power consumption from 450 amps to less than 5 amps, while maintaining 100% compatibility with the existing operating software base. This SoC modernization effort is being funded by the DoD COSSI Program, CPU Tech and the United States Air Force.
"The benefits of System-on-a-Chip technology: higher performance, smaller size, lower cost, increased reliability - are obvious. What has been demonstrated is that CPU Tech has drastically changed the economics of applying leading technology to large-scale systems," noted Ed King, CEO, CPU Tech. "We have proven that SoC is now practical for any application, regardless of volume or level of complexity."
About CPU Technology, Inc.
CPU Technology, Inc. develops and manufactures compatible, next generation solutions for the high-end computing market. The company has created patented automated electronic system design and verification technology and methods that radically reduce the cost and time required to bring next generation technology to high end system designs. Through the application of System-on-a-Chip technology, CPU Tech reduces system size, weight and power usage while dramatically reducing the number of components in the system and eliminating reliance on components that are or may become obsolete. Cost-effective modernization processes improve reliability, ensure long-term availability and support, improve functionality and preserve the customer's investment in valuable software. CPU Tech is a privately held company founded in 1989. It is headquartered in Pleasanton, California and has offices in Virginia, Utah, and Idaho. The Carlyle Group holds an equity position in the company. Additional information can be found at www.cputech.com.