SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O Announces First PC·MIP Mezzanine Products

  • Smallest (47 x 90 mm) PCI-based high performance mezzanine I/O module
  • Six modules fit on a single-slot 6U carrier board to deliver six functions and 300 I/O lines -- SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O announces the availability of the first PC·MIP mezzanine products. The first PC·MIP products to ship will include one carrier board and four modules designed for industrial computing environments requiring high-performance I/O capabilities. The MC-606 is a front panel I/O mezzanine carrier board for CompactPCI that offers six PC·MIP sites. The four modules offer a variety of I/O functions enabling designers to mix-and-match modules to system requirements: P-100BT features Fast Ethernet in a front panel I/O configuration; P-IO32 module offers 32 digital input/output dynamically designated channels; P-D64 provides 64MB DRAM and the P-F64 provides 64MB of Flash memory on a single-sized PC·MIP modules. About PC·MIP
    PC·MIP is a high performance, high density mezzanine that utilizes the PCI bus as the logical interface. PC·MIP is the smallest open architecture mezzanine (47 x 90 mm) available. Six modules fit on 6U VME carrier boards, 6U CompactPCI carrier boards and full-size desktop PCI slot boards; three modules on 3U carriers and half-size desktop PCI slot boards. The modules are classified into two categories: Type I (flexible I/O) and Type II (front panel I/O) and include features unique to PC·MIP, such as: large number of perimeter ground pins for high frequency performance; and captive injector/ejector hardware for easy installation and removal.
    "PC·MIP is a logical extension of our IndustryPack module and carrier board product line," says Chris Thompson, General Manager of SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O. "PC·MIP retains the high modularity of IndustryPack and adds the bandwidth of PCI. It is ideal for bandwidth-intensive applications requiring performance, flexibility and faster time to market. In order to accomplish our goal of providing products that offer 'true modularity', we plan to offer PC·MIP modules for a wide variety of applications. Future product plans include MIL-STD 1553B, High Speed Serial, Octal Serial, SVGA video, SCSI II/Ultra SCSI, Analog I/O, USB, FireWire, ATM, and T1/E1 modules." Price and Availability
    The MC-606 carrier board and the P-100BT, P-D64, P-IO32 and P-F64 modules will be available for shipment in Q4, 1998. The MC-606 carrier board is priced at $595 (list). The PC·MIP mezzanine modules range in price from $350 for the P-100BT to $1,750 for the P-F64. Contact SBS GreenSpring for additional pricing information. Product Features
    The MC-606 is a front panel I/O mezzanine carrier board for CompactPCI with six PC·MIP sites. Four of the sites support front panel I/O. Two sites in back support rear panel I/O modules. The MC-606 conforms to both PICMG CompactPCI Specifications and PC·MIP draft specification (ANSI/VITA Task Group VITA-29). The P-100BT Fast Ethernet module provides a 100BaseTx Ethernet interface and complies with the IEEE 802.3 and ANSI 8802-3 Ethernet Standards. It supports auto detection between 10BaseT and 100BaseTx. The P-D64 provides 64 MB of DRAM and the P-F64 provides 64 MB of non-volatile Flash memory on single-sized PC·MIP modules. The P-IO32 module features 32 digital input/output channels. Each channel can be dynamically and individually configured as either an input or output. All PC·MIP products conform to the PCïMIP draft specification (ANSI/VITA Task Group VITA-29). Each PC·MIP module includes a Windows NT driver for plug-and-play operation. About the PC·MIP Specification
    The PC·MIP standardization effort is backed by industry leaders SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O; MEN Mikro Elektronik of Nuremberg, Germany; and Motorola Computer Group. The PC·MIP draft specification is available directly from VITA (Ph 602/951-8866) or from the Task Group Chair, Kim Rubin of the SBS Technologies Computer Group ( About SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O
    SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O designs, manufactures and markets IP mezzanine I/O modules (under the IndustryPack™ name) and IP carrier boards for PCI, CompactPCI, VME, ISA, STD32, PC/104 and standalone platforms. Over 125 IP modules are available for digital I/O, analog I/O, data communications, motion control, field bus, temperature measurement and graphics controller applications. SBS GreenSpring also designs and manufactures PC·MIP modules and carrier boards for applications requiring higher bandwidth, higher density I/O solutions. SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE), the parent company, is a leading manufacturer of standard bus embedded computer components for VME, CompactPCI, embedded PC and custom standalone applications. SBS product lines include CPU (Pentium and PowerPC) boards, input/output (I/O) modules, avionics modules and analyzers, bus interconnection products, expansion units, real-time networks, telemetry boards, data acquisition software, and industrial-grade computers. SBS embedded computer components are used in a variety of applications, such as communications, medical imaging, industrial control and flight instrumentation, in the commercial and aerospace markets. For further information on SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O, contact 181 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025; Ph: (650) 327-1200; Fax- (650) 327-3808; E-mail:; web: