SBS Technologies Announces Family of 6U CompactPCI Gigabit Ethernet Switches

  • 8-port non-blocking Layer-2 Ethernet switching at gigabit speeds
  • 6U CompactPCI board supports up to two 4-port physical interface units
  • Easy-to-customize interface configuration
  • Media options include 8 copper, 8 fiber, or 4 copper and 4 fiber ports
SBS Technologies(R) (Nasdaq: SBSE), a leading provider of embedded computing technology, today introduced two versions of the CP6-GIGSW8 family of 8-port, non-blocking Layer-2, unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switches. Designed for easy interface customization, the switch boards support up to two 4-port physical interface modules, making interface configuration changes in the field fast and simple -- just plug in a copper or a fiber physical interface module. Media options include 8 copper ports, 8 fiber-optic ports, or 4 copper and 4 fiber-optic ports. Each fiber-optic interface module has one pluggable transceiver to allow the interface to be modified for a custom wavelength. "These switches are a system designer's dream. Copper and fiber can be used together on a single switch board to provide the right solution for each application," said Bill Molyneux, Vice President of SBS' General Purpose I/O Products. "Devices connected to a switch can run at different Ethernet speeds without lower speed devices impacting the performance of higher speed devices," continued Molyneux. About the CP6-GIGSW8-C1 CP6-GIGSW8-C1 is designed with a "keep it simple to use" philosophy that gives the user connect-and-go functionality. It does not require host CPU drivers, and because it connects only to the power and PCI reset signals, it is completely operating system independent and fully hot swappable. An onboard microprocessor configures and controls the switch registers. To change the interface configuration on the fly, just extract the board from the running system, change the physical interface module, plug in the board and continue running. In the case of fiber-optic interfaces, even the wavelength can be changed without disrupting the system. CP6-GIGSW8-C1 is compatible with all 6U CompactPCI buses. About the CP6-GIGSW8-P1 Designed for use within custom application development platforms, CP6-GIGSW8-P1 allows complete access to its configuration and control registers and allows end-users to implement their own protocols as well as develop custom Layer-2 through Layer-7 protocols. The switching silicon provides Layer-2, Layer-3 line rate switching and Layer-4 through Layer-7 filtering and classification. CP6-GIGSW8-P1 has a 32-bit, 33/66 MHz PCI interface. A VxWorks(R) utility is available to facilitate porting. Price and Availability List price for quantity 1 of the CP6-GIGSW8-C1 starts at $3,009.00 and the CP6-GIGSW8-P1 starts at $2,923.00. Both switches are currently available. About SBS Technologies SBS Technologies, 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 This new product announcement contains forward-looking statements concerning SBS' product strategy, technology capability, competitive leadership, and product capabilities. These statements reflect the perspectives and expectations of SBS management as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risk factors, including sales and product strategy within SBS; changes in the general economy and in SBS' business, including disruptions of cash flow that may impact investment in research and development activities; changes in demand for SBS' products; technological difficulties and resource constraints encountered in developing new products; the impact of rapid technological and market change; availability of qualified personnel; and other risk factors listed from time to time in SBS' SEC reports, including those listed under "Risk Factors" in SBS' Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports.