“Mercury is a very complex business.” These are the words I heard on my first day with the company just over three years ago. I had friends at Mercury and had followed or competed with the company for over a decade, but it wasn’t until that first day that I realized I didn’t really understand what the company actually did, who it served and what it stood for. And, based on our market research, it turns out I wasn’t alone.
What are you doing?
Some who have known Mercury for a long time might describe the company as “an embedded computing company” or a “defense electronics company.” Others who have witnessed our growth in RF and electronic warfare technologies might talk about our RF, microwave and mixed-signal products. Then there was the addition of C2I and C4I and security capabilities, leading some to describe the company as a robust systems or server company. Today, with an advanced safety and mission computing portfolio, Mercury is increasingly recognized as an avionics company. Finally, there’s our investment in microelectronics technologies, which will likely be the fastest and most exciting evolution of the business, as we can now do all of the above at chip scale.
Mercury has grown so rapidly and added so many people, technologies, capabilities and products over the years that a lack of familiarity with what the company does was probably inevitable. So how do you solve this familiarity problem?
Well try to tell the world about everything the business was not working: We sell EW test and training solutions, off-the-shelf subsystems, military rugged display systems, rugged servers and subsystems, data storage and transfer systems, RF and mixed-signal microwaves such as frequency converters, signal sources, components and amplifiers, microelectronic components such as as memory, custom system in package and multi-chip modules. Then there are the boards – multiprocessing, single board computers, GPGPUs, FPGAs, video and graphics, network, I/O, storage and RF. But wait there is more – development systems, tools and software. Not to mention the services we offer: systems integration and design assistance services. We can manufacture your products. Do you need help with security certification or do you need someone to audit your system security? We do it too!
No wonder no one knows exactly what Mercury does.
Sometimes an effective way to solve a problem is to do the opposite of what you’ve already tried. And that little tactic led our marketing team to one conclusion: there’s a common thread that runs through everything we do. Our evolution has not been for that. There was a strategy and a goal for all the acquisitions, technologies and investments of the last 40 years and it is there in our vision statement:
To make the world a safer and more secure place for everyone. Our goal is to provide everyone Processing solutions on every system requiring uncompromising computing.
What we’ve built is a processing platform that powers the world’s most advanced aerospace and defense solutions. Our realization: We don’t need to explain Mercury’s multitude of solutions; we just need to describe our only offer to customers – the mercury processing platform.
The mercury processing platform
The Mercury Processing Platform includes all of the technologies we’ve developed over the years: security, signal, RF, display, computing, software, networking, and storage. Beyond these technologies, this includes our people, their expertise and how we serve our customers. The platform and its technology are offered from silicon or chip to system scale and are mission-ready, reliable and secure, software-defined, open and modular. Our customers can tap into individual elements of the platform, but the more they leverage it, the more value it can deliver.
Our customers – the world’s defense systems pioneers, avionics visionaries, and new technology futurists – rely on the Mercury Processing Platform to meet a range of applications from sensor processing to mission computing, from command and control to communications. They create aerospace and defense solutions that collect cutting-edge sensor data and provide meaningful insights that enable better/faster critical decision making.
And at no time in our recent history has the mercury processing platform been more relevant. With threats close to peers and the very real prospect of the United States and its allies losing technological advantage, the status quo of technological innovation will not work. “Incremental gains are no longer enough.” The processing platform should help our customers – and the industry as a whole – bend the innovation curve, getting the job done faster than ever before. We focus the platform on maintaining our technological superiority, strengthening global alliances, expanding into strategic areas, and building strong security and resilience, all in the most affordable way possible. .
Bend the curve
So what does Mercury do?
Mercury is a technology company that delivers business innovations to rapidly transform the global aerospace and defense industry. From data to decision, silicon to systems, A&D leaders turn to the products, services, technologies and people that make up the secure end-to-end Mercury Computing Platform, the exponential power that connects customers to what matters most. Innovation that Matters®. By and for the people who matter.
You want to know more ? I encourage you all to join us and find out how you can bend the curve.
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