SBS Technologies Introduces New Low-Cost PrPMC with Flexible Memory

Supports customer needs for modularity, scalability and flexibility

  • Features 750CXe Processor and flexible SO-DIMM Memory
  • SO-DIMM socket supports interchangeable SDRAM modules
  • Adjustable processor speed for reduced power consumption
  • Highly versatile GT-64260B system controller Albuquerque, NM (February 18, 2002) ? In support of its growing customer base in edge and enterprise level communications systems, SBS Technologies® (Nasdaq: SBSE) today introduced its most flexible and affordable PrPMC board to date. The new Palomar 500, featuring the IBM 750CXe PowerPC processor and flexible SO-DIMM memory, uses a simple modular and scalable architecture, giving customers more design and performance options. SBS customers can integrate Palomar 500 into high-performance, low-power systems such as edge access devices and network storage servers. System developers can take advantage of the Palomar 500?s configurable SO-DIMM memory system and adjustable core speed to optimize performance and power-consumption for particular application requirements. ?It is vital for our customers to be able to turn to SBS for a modular, scalable and feature-flexible product portfolio as they move forward with exciting new products and legacy upgrades,? said Dan Moore, president of SBS Technologies? Communications and Enterprise Group. ?Our PrPMC boards enable our customers to deliver a low-power and cost-competitive solution. Palomar 500 directly addresses these key customer needs.? The Palomar line is designed to meet the growing demand for PrPMCs as a modular approach to managing CPU horsepower, allowing system designers to add functionality incrementally. The Palomar 500 is ideal for communications systems designers working under power and budget constraints. Palomar 500 includes a PowerPC 750CXe with an integrated 256KB L2 cache clocked at 133 MHz (400 core) but can be reduced to 100 MHz (300 MHz core) to decrease power consumption. To maximize the memory options and increase the general flexibility of Palomar 500, the board is designed using a low-profile 144-pin SO-DIMM socket that supports interchangeable ?laptop-style? SDRAM modules ranging in density from 64 to 512 MB. This allows for a variety of memory options to be added incrementally depending on application requirements. The SO-DIMM memory supports ECC or non-ECC modules and operates at frequencies up to 133 MHz. The board is designed to meet NEBS shock and vibration requirements using the SO-DIMM technology. The versatile GT64260B system controller on the Palomar 500 not only serves as a PCI bridge from the processor to the PCI bus and host board, but also serves as a CPU bus interface, memory controller, Ethernet controller and RS-232 serial controller. Palomar 500 features 4, 8, or 16 MB of Strataflash, two RS-232 channels, and one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet via a front panel RJ-45 connector. Pricing & Availability
    OEM volume pricing is under $800 for 256 MB SDRAM. Palomar 500 is available with a variety of memory configurations and other options to meet price and performance requirements. 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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