1/21/2003 - A group of technology companies announced the launch of an industry effort to establish the InfiniBand® architecture as the premier interconnect fabric in embedded computing. The co-sponsoring companies, Mellanox Technologies, SBS Technologies® (NASDAQ: SBSE) and SKY ComputersTM, announced they will lead a newly established Embedded InfiniBand Subgroup within the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA). The companies also announced that they have developed a special interest group for embedded InfiniBand within the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). The announcement was made at the Bus&Board 2003 Conference in Long Beach, California.
The support provided by both trade associations is a valuable asset for the embedded InfiniBand initiative. The InfiniBand Trade Association has been a strong advocate for the use of InfiniBand in enterprise data center applications. Now with the Embedded InfiniBand Subgroup within the IBTA this scope has been expanded to support programs targeted at embedded computing customers. SBS Technologies and SKY Computers are co-chairs for the subgroup. Mellanox Technologies will have representation on this subgroup and is a member of the IBTA steering committee.
VITA works to unite manufacturers and users through the acceptance and implementation of open technology standards. The special interest group (SIG) within VITA will champion the use of InfiniBand within embedded technology implementations. The SIG will collaborate on the implementation of InfiniBand specifications, such as remote DMA and sockets direct protocol, that are important to the embedded community. The group will also act as a communication channel reporting to appropriate standards organizations, such as the IBTA, on the implementation of InfiniBand Architecture standards within Embedded Computing systems.
“A switched, serial I/O technology such as InfiniBand provides the performance required for networking tomorrow's avionics platforms together today,” said Kent English, research and development engineer, Boeing Phantom Works. “InfiniBand is a powerful and efficient technology leveraging the best of existing technologies while incorporating feature rich capabilities such as Quality of Service (QoS), security, and power management. Collaborating technologies such as VME form factor and InfiniBand communication definitely have a place in the mission critical real-time embedded market.”
“InfiniBand makes a great deal of sense for embedded computing, a realm in which expensive proprietary components are being rapidly displaced by standardized, off-the-shelf equivalents,” said Illuminata, Inc. Principal Analyst and IT Advisor, Jonathan Eunice. “Not only does embedded InfiniBand make economic sense, it's a technical win given InfiniBand's baked-in resiliency, scalability, and highly efficient communications.”
“InfiniBand should be well suited for embedded computing. The proposed collaboration under the umbrella of the IBTA and VITA is timely as we believe that, in the fairly near future, computing will become dominated by fabrics and high-speed interconnects,” said Eric Gulliksen, embedded hardware program director and analyst for Venture Development Corporation. “The shared perspectives and skills embodied in these two groups will be extremely valuable in guiding technological development and driving acceptance in the marketplace.”
Enrollment in both the IBTA subgroup and the VITA special interest group is open to additional corporate members. Contact any of the participating companies listed below for membership information.
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 communications 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 www.sbs.com. Contact: Greg Morgan, 505-888-9855, firstname.lastname@example.org
About SKY Computers
SKY Computers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG), is a leading supplier of embedded high performance computer systems. SKY’s commercial-off-the-shelf products meet the embedded computing requirements for subsurface, surface, airborne, and space applications. Advanced technologies are combined with an open system architecture to provide solutions for demanding government electronics, industrial inspection, software defined radio, and security applications. Headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, SKY has regional offices throughout the United States and international sales offices in Europe and the Far East. More information on SKY Computers is available at www.skycomputers.com. Contact: Dianne McDermott, 978-250-1920, email@example.com
About Mellanox Technologies
Mellanox is the leading supplier of InfiniBand semiconductors, providing switches, Host Channel Adapters, and Target Channel Adapters to the server, communications and data storage markets. In January 2001, Mellanox Technologies delivered the InfiniBridge 10Gb/sec InfiniBand device to market, and is now shipping second-generation InfiniScale and InfiniHost silicon. The company has raised more than $89 million to date and has strong corporate and venture backing from Bessemer Venture Partners, Dell Computer, Intel Capital, Raza Venture Management, Sequoia Capital, Sun Microsystems, US Venture Partners, Vitesse and others. Mellanox has been recognized with awards in 2001 and 2002 from Computerworld, Network Computing, Red Herring, and Upside magazines as a key emerging technology company. The company’s business operations, sales, marketing and customer support are headquartered in Santa Clara, CA; with the design, engineering, software, system validation, and quality and reliability operations based in Israel. For more information visit www.mellanox.com. Contact: Dana Krelle, 408-970-3400 x304, firstname.lastname@example.org
InfiniBand is a trademark and service mark of the InfiniBand Trade Association.
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