SBS Technologiesí DataXpress™ Installed In AFRL's Satellite Autonomy Test Bed ForMightySat II Experimental Satellite
Software installed with SBS Technologies' PCI bus compatible telemetry module
Albuquerque, NM - (January 7, 1999) -- SBS Technologies, Inc. ("SBS") (NASDAQ: SBSE) today announced that the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has installed its DataXpress&8482; software in the Satellite Autonomy Test Bed, which is a satellite monitoring ground station located at the AFRL's facilities at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM. The AFRL is incorporating DataXpress into the development of the MightySat II experimental satellite scheduled for launch in March 2000. Developed by SBS and introduced in June 1998, DataXpress is a comprehensive data acquisition and processing software package designed for the Windows© NT operating environment. The DataXpress software is being used along with a single PCI bus compatible telemetry module from SBS in the AFRL applications. MightySat II follows the development of MightySat I, which was the first of the AFRLís satellites and was launched in December 1998 during the Space Shuttle mission that commenced the U.S. construction of the International Space Station. The MightySat II, like its predecessor, will carry out experiments to evaluate low-cost design principles that can be applied to both government and commercial satellites. For this application, the DataXpress software and the telemetry hardware combine to create the latest in telemetry system offerings. This next generation telemetry system will be integrated within the AFRL's Satellite Autonomy Test Bed to provide a self-contained satellite monitoring ground station for experimenters and satellite analysts. Using an advanced distributed architecture, DataXpress provides network-wide quick and easy access to real-time data directly to a Windows desktop. DataXpress provides a rich set of capabilities, including network distributed data acquisition services; high speed and selective data archive and playback functions; limit checking with alarm generation; data conversion and derived data processing; high quality graphical data displays; data browsers; and report generation. "Our decision to select the SBS DataXpress software and telemetry hardware was driven by our need for an inexpensive yet powerful telemetry processing tool set. The DataXpress software will be integrated into our larger ground station using the product's networked APIs (Application Programmer Interfaces)," said Captain Steve Lindsay of the AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate. "We are very pleased to participate in the Air Force Research Laboratory's development of the MightySat II experimental satellite program. This is the kind of solution for which we invested in the development of DataXpress during the past two years. DataXpress should serve to be a comprehensive integration tool for customers of our Aerospace products in the development of their complex test and evaluation systems," said Christopher J. Amenson, Chairman and CEO of SBS Technologies Inc. SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE) is a leading manufacturer of standard bus embedded computer components and custom standalone applications. SBS provides open architecture telemetry and avionics systems and boards for aircraft, spacecraft, and launch-vehicle programs. The company pioneered the concept of single-board telemetry and avionics solutions nearly a decade ago. Other 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 and systems are used in a variety of applications, such as communications, medical imaging, industrial control and flight instrumentation in the commercial and aerospace markets. Visit our World Wide Web at http://www.sbs.com. Certain of the foregoing information are forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of the Company, and are subject to a number of risks and other factors which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Among such factors are: general business and economic conditions; customer acceptance of and demand for the Company's new products; the Company's overall ability to design, test, and introduce new products on a timely basis; the cyclical nature of the markets addressed by the Company's products; and the risk factors listed from time to time in documents filed by the Company with the SEC.