SBS Technologies, Inc., Connectivity Products Introduces dataBLIZZARD Kits and Cards

<li>64-bit/66 MHz PCI/CompactPCI/PMC<li>80 MB/s sustained data rate<li>Processor-efficient communications<li>Drivers for most major operating systems</li>

SBS Technologies, Inc., Connectivity Products is pleased to introduce six high-speed, processor-efficient dataBLIZZARD computer communications interfaces for PCI, CompactPCI and PMC systems. Featuring a powerful integrated DMA engine, dataBLIZZARD moves data from any system memory or PCI memory location in one system to a memory location in the other system. The DMA engine provides sustained data transfer rates of 80 MB/s (1.0625 Gbits/s raw data rate). &8220;Our dataBLIZZARD data pipe drives data between systems at exceptionally fast transfer rates. We marry software efficiency with hardware efficiency for the highest sustained transfer rates possible,&8221; said David Greig, Vice President of SBS Technologies Computer Group. &8220;Applications that require large amounts of data to be transferred very quickly and efficiently or that demand low latency access to remote data or devices will benefit greatly from dataBLIZZARD. Actually, dataBLIZZARD will benefit any application that requires more than one processor to share the same data.&8221; Price and Availability Each dataBLIZZARD kit is priced at $4700 and will be available in June 2000. Each dataBLIZZARD kit includes two cards, a 10-meter fiber-optic cable, software drivers, and a manual. Individual dataBLIZZARD cards will also be available for $2350 each. Drivers for Solaris, IRIX, Windows NT, VxWorks, and Linux are available. SBS Technologies, Connectivity Products offers a variety of SBS dataBLIZZARD kits:

  • Model DB0-PCI-PCI -- interconnects two PCI buses
  • Model DB0-CPCI-CPCI -- joins two CompactPCI buses
  • Model DB0-PMC-PMC -- connects two PMC systems
  • Model DB0-PCI-CPCI -- interconnects a PCI bus and a CompactPCI bus
  • Model DB0-PCI-PMC -- joins a PCI and a PMC system
  • Model DB0-CPCI-PMC -- connects a CompactPCI bus and a PMC system
  • Features SBS dataBLIZZARD provides DMA transfers at sustained rates of 80 MB/s and 2 &61549;sec latency. Each dataBLIZZARD card has seven semaphores for the end-user. Each card also provides 192 Kbytes of 32-bit wide on-board memory for use as a mailbox or shared memory without accessing the remote bus. The entire dataBLIZZARD product line features universal signal voltage (5V, 3.3V), flexible mapping of local bus address space to remote memory, and programmed interrupts that can be passed between the local and remote system. Software drivers are included with dataBLIZZARD kits. The software (on CD-ROM) provides all the tools required to access and control dataBLIZZARD hardware. SBS drivers can be installed in both systems allowing concurrent peer-to-peer communications using processor reads and writes or DMA. The drivers allow access to system memory or a PCI address assigned to hardware. SBS PCI dataBLIZZARD cards conform to PCI Local Bus Specification 2.2. CompactPCI dataBLIZZARD cards meets PICMG 2.0 R3.0 specifications. PMC dataBLIZZARD cards conform to IEEE 1386.1 Draft 2.0. About SBS Connectivity Products SBS Technologies, Inc., Connectivity Products is the premiere provider of high-performance and reliable bus connectivity products that include bus bridges, bus expansion units, and real-time coherent memory networks designed to operate in the most demanding applications. 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. For information on SBS Technologies, Inc., Connectivity Products, contact the company at 1284 Corporate Center Drive, St. Paul, MN, 55121-1245; Phone: (651) 905-4700; Fax: (651) 905-4701; Email:; Web site:
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