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Raytheon Goes 'Polymorphic'

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The world's first computers
whose architecture can adopt different forms depending on their application
have been developed by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).

Dubbed MONARCH (Morphable Networked Micro-Architecture) and developed to
address the large data volume of sensor systems as well as their signal and
data processing throughput requirements, it is the most adaptable processor
ever built for the Department of Defense, reducing the number of processor
types required. It performs as a single system on a chip, resulting in a
significant reduction of the number of processors required for computing
systems, and it performs in an array of chips for teraflop throughput.

"Typically, a chip is optimally designed either for front-end signal
processing or back-end control and data processing," explained Nick Uros, vice
president for the Advanced Concepts and Technology group of Raytheon Space and
Airborne Systems. "The MONARCH micro-architecture is unique in its ability to
reconfigure itself to optimize processing on the fly. MONARCH provides
exceptional compute capacity and highly flexible data bandwidth capability
with beyond state-of-the-art power efficiency, and it's fully programmable."

Raytheon Co.