SBS Technologies and MontaVista Announce Strategic Partnership

Hard Hat Linux Optimized for Industry-Standard Solutions Including CompactPCI, VME and Embedded PCs

Today MontaVista Software, Inc., developer of the Hard HatTM Linux® operating system for embedded applications, and SBS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE), a leading manufacturer of standard bus-embedded computer components, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to accelerate the delivery of optimized solutions for embedded Linux applications. "The partnership between MontaVista and SBS highlights both companies breadth of offering and market focus in communications infrastructure and other embedded areas," comments Jim Ready, MontaVista president/CEO. "SBS' capability--rich and robust system hardware provides the perfect platform for deploying Hard Hat Linux and embedded Linux applications." SBS will be one of several members of MontaVista&8217;s MVP program that assures customers of high-quality application solutions based on the tight coupling of hardware systems with the Hard Hat Linux OS. The MVP-certified systems will combine the synergistic support from MontaVista&8217;s with SBS&8217; engineering design capability and quality product development and manufacturing process. "Over the past several months SBS has provided reliable Linux support for embedded CompactPCI and VME applications,&8221; said Clarence Peckham, SBS Technologies, Inc., Computer Group. &8220;The partnership with MontaVista allows SBS to use off-the-shelf solutions for our PowerPC, as well as our Intel-based products. MontaVista is known as a software industry leader with expertise in developing and supporting embedded system solutions. The combination of SBS hardware, with MontaVista Hard Hat Linux, will provide customers with a turn-key solution which minimizes their risk." "We have received numerous requests from telecom customers for SBS Communications Group hardware and MontaVista Hard Hat Linux. Our strong partnership with MontaVista has already produced results in an optical networking application for two custom boards and for another application involving a Fortune 50 company," said Tarun Soni, PhD, SBS Communications Group. "As a result, we have initially expanded our product line to include the K2, Palomar II, Maxim 694, Denali and Patagonia single-board computers using Hard Hat Linux from MontaVista," he concluded. Both MontaVista and SBS products are optimally suited for designs in communications, industrial automation, medical-imaging and other embedded computer applications. The net result for customers will be the quickest time-to-market using the proven strengths of SBS integrated with the fastest growing, and highly-acclaimed Linux Real-Time Operating System--Hard Hat. Availability
Two boards are currently available from SBS, the K2 starting at $2,900 and the VR7 starting at $4,000 in the U. S for OEM customers. Other single-board computers being ported to Hard Hat Linux are the Palomar II, Maxim 694, Denali and Patagonia. About SBS Technologies, Inc.
SBS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE) is a leading designer and manufacturer of standard bus embedded computer components for CompactPCI, VME, embedded PC and custom standalone applications. SBS product lines include CPU (Pentium and PowerPC) boards, WAN I/O modules, industrial 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 telecommunications, medical imaging, industrial control and flight instrumentation. This release contains forward-looking statements regarding a strategic business partnership that is subject to a number of risks and other factors that could cause the actual results of the partnership to differ materially from those suggested or implied in these forward-looking statements. Among such factors are: business and economic conditions generally, and in the markets addressed by MontaVista and all other SBS products; customer acceptance of and demand for MontaVista&8217;s and all SBS products; SBS&8217; and MontaVista&8217;s ability to design, test and introduce new products on a timely basis and to economically and effectively integrate their products to reach the intended market; the cyclical nature of the markets addressed by MontaVista and all other SBS products; and additional risk factors listed in SBS&8217; Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2000 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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