SBS Technologies Introduces Palomar DFX – Industry's First Dual 750FX PowerPC Processor on a Single-Wide PMC

  • Two 750FX Processors capable of running up to 1GHz each

  • 256MB ECC SDRAM (supports up to 512MB)

  • Marvell GT64260 Discovery Bridge

  • Two 10/100 BaseT Ethernet Ports; Two RS-232 Serial Ports

  • Single 3.3 VDC Supply

SBS Technologies® (Nasdaq: SBSE) today introduces Palomar DFX, the industry's first PowerPC Mezzanine Card (PPMC) featuring two IBM® 750FX high-performance RISC processors in a single-wide form factor. Although it provides nearly four times the processing power of existing single-wide PPMCs, Palomar DFX uses less than 15 Watts of power. Using an advanced heatsink design and new Thermal Interface Material (TIM), SBS engineers created a sophisticated and highly effective cooling solution, allowing the two PPC 750FX processors to operate side-by-side without overheating.

"Palomar DFX is an important step forward for advanced telecommunications systems designers building data-intensive next-generation networks," said Dan Moore, President of the SBS Communications Group. "This board is capable of delivering up to 4600 MIPS when using the 1GHz chip. Most boards currently available are delivering less than 1200 MIPS. The concept is simple; you can do more and do it faster if you have more raw processing power."

Ideal for telecommunications applications that demand the highest levels of CPU processing capability, such as carrier class gateways and wireless base stations, Palomar DFX offers dramatic memory bandwidth improvements over existing designs by interweaving physical and virtual memory banks.

Unlike existing PPMCs that have 750FX chips running at 500MHz, Palomar DFX has two IBM 750FX chips that will be capable of running at up to 1GHz each (1GHz chip available Spring 2003). CPU PPMC customers can now get more processing power in the same form factor and still use the IBM 750FX.

Palomar DFX operates from a single 3.3 VDC power supply and operates in both Monarch and Non-Monarch mode. Although the board design supports up to 512MB ECC SDRAM, the current design features 256MB. Two 10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports are available through the front panel RJ-45 connector, allowing for P4 I/O routing. There is an RS-232 serial port on each processor available via a 3-pin front panel connector. The board also features the Marvell GT64260 Discovery Bridge.

Software Support

Palomar DFX supports VxWorks (5.4, MP) and Linux SMP.

Pricing and Availability

List price for the Palomar DFX with 256MB SDRAM is $3,995. Single processor version available at $3,495. Contact SBS Sales for options and OEM volume discounts. Palomar DFX is available summer 2002.

About SBS Technologies

SBS Technologies, Inc., (Nasdaq: SBSE) founded in 1986, designs and builds open architecture embedded computer products that enable original equipment manufacturers to serve the commercial, communication 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 nine primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales offices in five countries. More information on SBS is available at

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This new product announcement contains forward-looking statements concerning SBS' product strategy, technology capability, competitive leadership, customer support services, and the introduction of new products and services. The statement that SBS will continue to deliver industry firsts, referring to SBS' commitment to develop leading technologies, and the disclosure of the planned release date for SBS' Palomar DFX, are expressly forward-looking statements and are subject to change, delay or cancellation without notice. These statements reflect the perspectives and expectations of SBS management as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risk factors, including changes in management, sales and product strategy within SBS; changes in the general economy and in SBS' business, including disruptions of cash flow that may impact investment in research and development activities; changes in demand for SBS' products; technological difficulties and resource constraints encountered in developing new products; the impact of rapid technological and market change; availability of qualified personnel; and other risk factors listed from time to time in SBS' SEC reports, including those listed under "Risk Factors" in SBS' Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports.