SBS Technologies, Inc. Launches Products Based On Motorola Computer Group's PIM Standard

SBS Technologies, Inc. Communications Group (Nasdaq: SBSE) today announced the expansion of its MAXIM™ Series of high speed wide area networking (WAN) PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) adapters and rear I/O physical interface modules to support Motorola Computer Group's (MCG) PMC Interface Module (PIM) standard. "In teaming with Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Computer Group through the adoption of the PIM standard, SBS Communications Group lends further credibility to this flexible PMC WAN and rear I/O architecture. This modular approach will ultimately help benefit our collective OEM telecommunications customers, who will experience significant cost advantages, greater options and reduced time to market," comments Greg Novak, product marketing manager, Motorola Computer Group. MCG has played a significant role in the approval of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) 36-199x PIM standard, which many PMC users and vendors are currently supporting. The PIM specification introduces the concept of using PMC modules that reside on front-loaded 6U carrier cards, connecting via a clearly defined pin-out from PMC connector P4 to J3 and J5 on the CPCI backplane and connecting to P4 on the PIM mezzanine cards on the rear I/O. This standards-based architecture simplifies the implementation of the rear PMC I/O by partitioning the design, thereby enabling the system developer to mix and match pairs of PMCs and PIMs. A major advantage to the PIM approach is a significant reduction in the number of unique rear I/O transition modules, allowing OEMs to benefit from cost savings, optimization of scarce engineering resources, and faster time to market. "By implementing the PIM specification, SBS Communications Group is expanding the series of hosts for its industry leading series of PMC WAN interfaces. Motorola Computer Group's rich family of single board computers provides a powerful integration platform to apply the PIM feature set and leverage its versatile rear I/O capabilities," remarks Dan Grey, vice president of sales, SBS Communications Group. SBS Communications Group's growing family of PMC WAN adapters and rear I/O modules is designed for compatibility with 6U passive carrier cards and CPUs from SBS and MCG, which support the PIM standard. SBS Communications Group's rear I/O interface options will include Octal T1/E1, Octal Multi-Interface, Dual HSSI, Dual DS3/E3 and OC3. Currently, manufacturers of intelligent and non-intelligent carriers cards, such as Motorola Computer Group and SBS, are implementing the PIM standard. The availability of WAN PMC options that connect via the standard PMC to rear WAN I/O solutions from multiple vendors will help benefit OEM integrators developing a solution based on such carrier cards. This flexible architecture allows an OEM to take advantage of a comprehensive product line that spans all popular serial and telecom interfaces for both packet and cell (ATM) based transport. SBS also offers customization of these WAN interfaces to satisfy unique OEM requirements. Key benefits of the PIM open architecture approach for modular rear I/O design:

  • Creates flexibility to integrate and/or optimize various WAN technologies
  • Facilitates the mixing and matching of telecom interfaces (DS1/E1, DS3/E3, OC-3) between ATM and packet PMC I/O modules
  • Directly mapping the H.110 telephony bus to PMC
  • Allows for the implementation of standard serial and telecom connector schemes
  • Enables implementation of a stacking scheme between adjacent slots in order to improve fan-outs and costs per port
  • Eases implementation of protection and redundancy schemes
  • Minimizes compliance testing requirements for new PMC modules
  • Allows for ease of customization
  • Pricing and Availability For more detailed pricing and availability information on SBS Communications Group's family of PMC WAN adapters and rear I/O physical interface modules, please contact our OEM sales team at (888) SBS-COMM or via e-mail at About Motorola IESS The Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS) is part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. The Motorola Computer Group (MCG) is a business unit of Motorola IESS. MCG was formed in 1985 and is a leading supplier of embedded computing platforms to original equipment manufacturers for use in telecommunications, network storage, imaging, medical equipment and semiconductor production and test equipment applications. For more information on MCG, go to Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains-the DigitalDNA™-that make electronic systems smart, powerful and easy to use. Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1999 were $33.1 billion. Motorola and the Motorola logo are registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. Motorola Computer Group identifies a product and/or division of the respective Motorola legal identities worldwide. About SBS Technologies Communications Group SBS Technologies (Nasdaq: SBSE) Communications Group designs, manufactures and markets high performance OEM telecommunications platforms and sub-systems that provide complete WAN interface and enabling communications software protocol support for the CompactPCI, PMC and PCI markets. SBS' OEM telecommunications platforms target fault-tolerant capability and feature WAN interfaces supporting T1/E1, HSSI, DS3/E3, OC3 and POS. Based on the Intel and PowerPC CPU architecture, these OEM platforms enable the convergence of voice, video and data via protocols such as PPP, Frame Relay, ATM and SS7. SBS provides a broad array of OEM sub-system telecommunications products for CompactPCI, PMC and PCI ranging from stand-alone single board computers and WAN adapters scaling the bandwidth spectrum to chassis and industrial enclosures. SBS Communications Group's reputation for proven technology, innovative products and dedicated OEM support has led to an established customer base that includes telecommunications equipment leaders such as Nokia, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Motorola, Network Associates, IBM and NetScout Systems. More information on SBS Communications Group and its extensive range of telecommunications products is available at

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    Terri Thorson
    Manager, Public Relations
    Motorola Computer Group
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    Fax: (602) 438-3518