SBS Technologies Introduces Low-Cost Dual PMC Carrier Board for PICMG 2.16 and Standard CompactPCI

Allows Easy Mixing of I/O and CPUs on Custom Blade Designs

  • Two PMC sites at 33/66 MHz, 32/64-bit
  • Flexible PICMG 2.16 Ethernet connection from PMC sites to J3 connector
  • Intel 21555 non-transparent CPCI bridge and advanced IPMI
  • CPCI peripheral operation Albuquerque, NM (March 26, 2003) – Adding to its growing portfolio of modular, low-cost and highly-flexible communications products, SBS Technologies® (Nasdaq: SBSE), a leading provider of embedded computing technology, today introduced Blade Runner 500, a dual PMC PICMG 2.16 complaint carrier board for 6U CompactPCI. Blade Runner 500 is designed for easy mixing of CPUs and I/O interfaces and is ideal for a wide variety of high-density applications such as edge access devices, routers, soft switch applications and storage area networks based on standard CPCI or PICMG 2.16 specifications. A carrier card is a simple, off-the-shelf option for designers who want to maximize their performance alternatives, minimize expense, and ensure their ability to change interfaces or manage incremental upgrades into the future. Today's systems designers are looking for embedded products like carrier cards, which allow them to quickly develop PMC-based solutions using different levels of processing power and connecting with different network interfaces. By adding a modular processor and/or I/O interface, Blade Runner 500 can scale and evolve with a wide variety of applications. "Our customers are looking for modular, scalable, and interoperable products so they can build their systems quickly and easily, while focusing on bringing innovative applications to market," said Charlie Tompkins, President of SBS Technologies' Communications and Enterprise Group. "Blade Runner 500 is a simple solution for customers making legacy upgrades or building dynamic new systems with a variety of I/O and power requirements." Fully hot-swappable, Blade Runner 500 makes it easy to change out or upgrade CPUs or I/O cards without replacing the carrier card, which can accommodate either two I/O cards, one I/O and one CPU card, or two CPU cards. Using the SBS Palomar 1000 DFX with two processors per PrPMC, Blade Runner 500 can manage up to four CPUs. SBS also offers a comprehensive portfolio of I/O interfaces, including ATM, OC-3, T1/E1, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel. Blade Runner 500's two 64-bit PMC sites are capable of running at up to 66 MHz and both offer a flexible PICMG 2.16 Ethernet connection via the J3 connector. The board also features the Intel 21555 non-transparent bridge and advanced IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface). The IMPI is used to monitor a system's health and provide information necessary for system management and recovery. The 21555 PCI-to-PCI bridge supports PCI Power Management, Vital Product Data (VPD) and CompactPCI Distributed Hot Swap. It also supports asynchronous operation between the primary and secondary interfaces, and it includes an I20 message unit for communications between Blade Runner 500 and the system controller. Pricing & Availability
    OEM volume pricing is under $1,000. Blade Runner 500 is available now. About SBS Technologies
    SBS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE), founded in 1986, designs and builds open architecture embedded computer products that enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to serve the commercial, communications, enterprise, and government markets. SBS products are integrated into a variety of applications, including communication networking, medical imaging, industrial automation, and military systems. The portfolio includes an extensive line of CPU boards, computer interconnections, avionics, telemetry, and fully integrated systems and enclosures. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS maintains eight primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales offices in four countries. More information on SBS is available at
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