SBS Makes InfiniBand™ Switch Practical and Affordable by Delivering Flexible Configuration and High Availability

  • Eight independent data ports configurable as 4x or 1x InfiniBand™ links
  • Each 4x port supports bit rates up to 10 Gb/s in each direction
  • Aggregate switch bandwidth of 160 Gb/s and aggregate switch data rate of 128 Gb/s
  • Redundant circuits hot swappable power supplies and fans
  • Ambidextrous chassis Albuquerque, NM (October 21, 2002) - SBS Technologies® (Nasdaq: SBSE), a leading provider of embedded computing technology, today introduced the EIS-4008-CU data communications switch with a flexible configuration that increases system performance. Because power supplies are often the point-of-failure in network equipment, SBS designed the EIS-4008-CU with redundant, hot swappable supplies. This means that either of the unit's power supplies can be replaced without causing any network downtime whatsoever, a feature that supports the ability for data centers to offer quality-of-service guarantees to their customers. "Our OEM customers, particularly those designing data center applications, increasingly require products that offer higher bandwidth, high availability and reliability as well as scalability," said Clarence Peckham, President of SBS Technologies' Commercial and Government Groups. "EIS-4008-CU, the first member of our growing family of InfiniBand products, delivers true 10 Gb/s transport capabilities and an abundant feature set at a reasonable price point," continued Peckham. EIS-4008-CU uses a fully non-blocking internal switch architecture that supports cut-through, and store and forward switch algorithms. Both Unicast and Multicast packet types are supported. A sleep/wake from console function is supported via an out-of-band message. Each bi-directional 4x port supports bit rates up to 10 Gb/s in each direction allowing a 16 Gb/s full-duplex data rate per port. Based on the RedSwitch HDMP-2840 8-port 4x InfiniBand switch fabric chip, the switching element provides an overall aggregate bandwidth of 160 Gb/s. Redundant circuits, hot swappable power supplies and fans are accessed from the front of the chassis. The fans can be configured for front-to-back or back-to-front airflow. Depending on how often equipment needs to be configured, data-center equipment racks are set up in one of two ways: connector wires facing toward the front or facing toward the back. Therefore, SBS specifically designed the EIS-4008-CU with a unique fan system that allows the switch to be configured to face either direction with equal ease. SBS' switch provides an on-board microprocessor management subsystem and three management agents. Based on the Motorola MPC855T PowerPC, the management subsystem includes 64MB SDRAM, 64MB Flash memory, a 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet port with RJ45 connector, and an RS-232 port with DB9 connector. To ensure interoperability, EIS-4008-CU is built to be compatible with InfiniBand Architecture Specification Volume 1, Release 1.0.a and Volume 2, Release 1.0.a. Price and Availability
    Pricing starts at $4695.00. EIS-4008-CU will be available December 2002. About SBS Technologies
    SBS Technologies, Inc., Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE), founded in 1986, designs and builds open architecture embedded computer products that enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to serve the commercial, communication, enterprise, and government markets. SBS products are integrated into a variety of applications, including communication networking, medical imaging, industrial automation, and military systems. The portfolio includes an extensive line of CPU boards, computer interconnections, avionics, telemetry, and fully integrated systems and enclosures. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS maintains eight primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales offices in five countries. More information on SBS is available at
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