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:
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