SBS Technologies Doubles Its Fibre Channel PMC Host Bus Adapter Bandwidth for Real-Time and Storage Applications

  • 2-Gigabit Bandwidth Offers Significant Improvement in Performance

  • Automatically Negotiates Fibre Channel Bit Rate to Simplify Integration

  • Supports Remote DMA, SCSI Target/Initiator and Internet Protocols
  • SBS Technologies today introduced two new 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) that address the ever-expanding bandwidth requirements of real-time and storage applications. The two FC23 64-bit/66 MHz PCI Mezzanine Cards (PMCs) support 400 MB/s full-duplex and 200 MB/s half-duplex data transfer rates and automatically negotiate 1 or 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel bit rates. FC23-PMC-1C features one copper interface via a high-speed serial data connector (HSSDC) port. FC23-PMC-1F provides one fiber port that supports multimode LC duplex fiber-optic cable. Both PMCs take full advantage of industry standard Fibre Channel features and benefits, plus incorporate value-added features such as a streamlined protocol engine, RemoteDMA protocol, and SCSI target protocol. Device drivers for Solaris, Linux, Windows NT and Windows 2000 are provided for standard file system and network support. "Real-time and storage applications consistently require greater bandwidth" says David Greig, commercial group president, SBS Technologies. "Our FC23 series PMC HBAs double the bandwidth of our earlier FC22 series, significantly advancing the ability to move data." Greig continued, "We selected QLogic's ISP2300 Fibre Channel chip for our 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel solutions and have been very pleased with the performance and support we received." High Performance and Sophisticated Features The high-sustained throughput and low latency offered by the FC23 series are made possible by a rich feature set. The single chip engine that includes an enhanced RISC processor, Fibre Channel protocol manager, 2-Gigabit transceivers, and on-chip frame buffers optimizes performance. To ease integration and simplify operation, the PMCs automatically negotiate 1- or 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel bit rates. Consequently, a FC23 card can be connected to a FC22 card, and the FC23 PMC will automatically operate at the 1-Gigabit rate of the FC22. SCSI target/initiator protocol support allows a computer to function as a SCSI target, as such it achieves maximum bandwidth for peer-to-peer communications. The computer can concurrently be both an initiator and a target, thus allowing full-duplex peer-to-peer communications at aggregate rates over 400 MB/s. For system flexibility, the highest bandwidth and lowest transfer latency, RemoteDMA bypasses complex protocol stacks. Data can be moved between one system and another workstation or single board computer (SBC) without using any processor cycles on the remote computer. Pricing and Availability The Model FC23-PMC-1C and FC23-PMC-1F are immediately available. FC23-PMC-1C is list priced at $1,285.00 (US); FC23-PMC-1F is $1,595.00 (US). About SBS Technologies SBS Technologies (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. Statements in this press release regarding SBS Technologies, Inc. and its business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements," including explicit statements regarding product availability and applications, and implicit suggestions regarding the market potential of our business and expectations of future orders. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. For information about risks and uncertainties that could affect the accuracy of the forward-looking statements, please refer to SBS Technologies' filings with the SEC, including SBS' Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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