SBS Technologies® Launches Flexible COTS AFDX Avionics End System

<b><i>The 6U VMEbus AFDX-E1000 Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet End System is fully customizable per customer requirements</i></b>

  • ARINC 664 Part 7 compliant
  • Hardware-independent AFDX software stack
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet operation
  • Rugged, conduction-cooled and commercial COTS versions
  • DO-178B Level A certifiable
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 8, 2006) ─ Today at Avionics Expo Europe 2006 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, SBS Technologies®, (NASDAQ: SBSE), a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded avionics solutions, adds a new product family to their line of avionics systems by announcing the AFDX-E1000 Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX) system. The AFDX-E1000 series board is a flexible AFDX End System single board computer designed to support commercial and military flight applications, including safety and mission critical systems, as well as data acquisition. Based on COTS modules, this 6U VMEbus SBC is available with one 1 GHz PowerPC® processor, 512 Mbytes of system RAM and a dual-port AFDX End System. The AFDX-E1000 is also available with two dual-port AFDX End Systems on request. CompactPCI® format and Intel® processor versions are also available upon customer request. As an AFDX End System, the AFDX-E1000 provides an interface between an aircraft's avionics systems to ensure reliable data interchange. The AFDX Protocol stack enables each subsystem to communicate in a deterministic manner with reliable point to point transfers, data redundancy and large data packet size. The AFDX-E1000 uses a hardware-independent, software-loadable, ARINC 664 Part 7-compliant protocol stack that meets commercial and military AFDX subsystem requirements. Because the protocol stack and driver run on a COTS SBC, the AFDX-E1000 is very flexible and can be upgraded with new software through a simple download for ease of maintenance. To help protect our customer's investment, the AFDX-E1000 series will follow aviation standards like ARINC 664 for future upgradeability. The AFDX-E1000 is available in commercial, rugged and conduction-cooled versions, allowing the customer to choose the right hardware platform for their avionics applications. SBS can provide a DO-178B Level A through E certified AFDX system, subject to customer and project requirements. "SBS Technologies is proud to deliver a flexible AFDX End System solution for flight applications based on COTS hardware", said Adrian Bernhard, Managing Director, SBS Technologies European Operations. "Because the AFDX software is a loadable stack that is hardware independent, the AFDX-E1000 is easy to maintain and our customers can benefit from progressive protocol changes. A flexible AFDX software stack also lets us offer DO-178B certification on request. The rugged version of AFDX-E1000 addresses safety critical flight and military applications." The AFDX-E1000 works with the Wind River VxWorks® operating system. Support for Green Hills Integrity® is available on request. Pricing and Availability: Available now, the 6U VMEbus-based dual-port AFDX-E1000 End System is priced at $8,790. # # # About SBS Technologies® SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE) founded in 1986, designs and builds a wide range of standard and customized embedded computer products. Our products include processor boards, input/output modules, networking devices, and complete computer systems. Our products are used in many industries, including telecommunications, medical electronics, industrial automation and defense. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS maintains eight primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales and support offices in six countries. More information on SBS is available at Brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. This new product announcement contains forward-looking statements concerning SBS Technologies, Inc.'s product strategy, technology and product capabilities, and competitive leadership. 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 sales and product strategy within SBS; the impact of rapid technological and market change; and other risk factors listed from time to time in the SBS SEC reports, including those listed under "Risk Factors" in the SBS Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports. Sales Contact 505.875.0600 Media Contact Herb Bethoney SBS Technologies, Inc. 505.796.1717 European Contact Anthony O'Sullivan +49 8215034-171