SBS Technologies Unveils Dual PowerPC Processing Power on a Single 6U VMEbus Board

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San Francisco, CA (April 22, 2003) – Today at the Embedded Systems Conference, SBS Technologies® (Nasdaq: SBSE) introduced the VG5, the latest addition to SBS' family of high-performance 6U VMEbus single board computers. Configured with dual processors, the VG5 delivers the speed and bandwidth needed for performance-oriented applications such as real-time control, post video processing, and signal processing subsystems. Dual processors offer the highest level of performance in single board computer configurations, and SBS improves upon this paradigm by offering the VG5 with a choice of one or two integrated 800–1300 MHz Motorola MPC7455/57 PowerPC processors featuring AltiVec technology. This highly integrated ASMP design permits two computing platforms with independent operating systems to work in parallel within one slot. Because each processor has its own memory and chipset, one processor node can accomplish number crunching DSP tasks while the other processor works as a general purpose CPU and facilitates the I/O functions on the board. "High performance embedded applications in both the commercial and government markets have ever growing demands for raw processing power, ever shrinking slot availability, and the need to interface to I/O using a variety of technologies," said Dave Greig, Chief Operating Officer of SBS Technologies "The VG5 packs two complete processor subsystems on a single board enabling it to handle the workload of two boards. The VG5 also supports SBS' Ready Driver program that assures out-of-the box interoperability with many popular I/O interface cards within the extensive SBS portfolio." Each processor node on the VG5 has an external 2MB L3 cache, up to 1 GB DDR SDRAM with ECC, and a Marvell MV64360 chipset. The MV64360 provides two high-speed multi-protocol serial controllers supporting transfers up to 10 Mb/s, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one Fast Ethernet port, 2 Mb of ultra-fast SRAM, up to 128 MB soldered Flash memory, and four 32-bit timers. This gives the VG5 high bandwidth capabilities for communicating with other devices. Dual processor configurations support three independent onboard 64-bit PCI buses. One 64-bit/66 MHz PCI-X bus is dedicated to communications between the two processor nodes; another is used exclusively for interfacing to a 64-bit/66 MHz PMC slot. The third is used by the onboard VMEbus bridge and the 64-bit/33 MHz PMC site. Additional VG5 features include serial ATA interface, UARTs, user programmable FPGA for customized rear I/O, and optional PCI over P0 via PMC1. The FPGA is used for synchronization in dual processor mode and allows GPIO lines to be shared by each node. The FPGA also contains dual-port RAM and up to 32 interrupt-capable general purpose I/O lines. The internal system clock can be synchronized by an external clock source at 16.66 MHz. Optional rugged features are available for applications operating in harsh environments impacted by temperature, shock, vibration, humidity, dust, salt or mist. Options for ruggedization include: extended temperature range of -40o to +85o C, conduction cooling, conformal coating, stiffener bars and wedge locks. Software support is expected to be available for VxWorks, Greenhills and LynxOS operating systems. Pricing & Availability
A full-featured VG5 with dual processor and conduction cooling has a list price of $9,200. The VG5 will be available July 2003. Ready Driver Ready Driver is an SBS company-wide program dedicated to out-of-the-box interoperability between SBS single board computers and I/O hardware, thereby providing our customers the greatest ease in computing system integration. Ready Driver assures interoperability based on SBS tests between a single board computer, such as the VG5, and I/O modules running under VxWorks if both products are part of the program. No porting effort or compiling is required; integration consists of simply booting the SBC and then downloading the driver object. 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, communication, 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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