SBE to Design and Manufacture HyperTransport Gigabit Ethernet

1/31/2003 - SBE Inc., (NASDAQ: SBEI), a leading supplier of high performance OEM networking solutions, has been contracted to design and manufacture a custom LAN adapter combining Gigabit Ethernet and the next generation HyperTransportTM interface. SBE was chosen to develop this adapter due to its core competency providing contemporary LAN and WAN networking adapters to OEMs for the past fifteen years. The incremental annual revenue to SBE from this particular business is expected to reach $2,000,000 commencing in calendar year 2004.

The latest addition to SBE’s LAN Adapter family will feature two ports of Gigabit Ethernet with LC fiber connectors for industry standard network connection supporting 1000 base-SX and LX. The adapter uses Intel’s fourth generation 82546EB Ethernet controller and is capable of automatically adapting to 10/100/1000 Mbps networks.

HyperTransportTM technology is designed to transfer data at 6.4 Gigabytes per second and is approximately 48 times faster than PCI, 6 times faster than PCI X and 5 times faster than Infiniband using 4 channels. HyperTransportTM technology is designed to provide more bandwidth than current interconnect technologies, use low-latency responses, be compatible with legacy PC buses, be extensible to new Systems Network Architecture buses, be compatible with existing and future operating systems and be software compatible with PCI. Its electrical design improves reliability and reduces board design complexity.

"SBE’s Gigabit HyperTransportTM adapter makes us one of the first OEM suppliers to offer such an interface," said Dan Grey, senior vice president of sales and marketing for SBE. "This is our first product in an evolution of post-PCI technology " Grey concluded.

SBE's networking products
SBE provides high performance, standards-based products for a wide range of applied computing applications. Our broad offering of WAN and LAN adapters along with our HighWire family of communication controllers enable the delivery of cost-effective network connectivity interfaces across the full range of next generation networking systems.

About SBE
Based in San Ramon, California, SBE designs and sells network communications solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the global networking marketplace. SBE’s products enable rapid development and deployment in customer’s products in order to compete effectively in today’s next-generation networks. SBE is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: SBEI) with products sold world-wide through direct sales, OEM and system integration partners. For more information, visit the company's web site at

SBE and the SBE logo are registered trademarks of SBE, Inc. HyperTransportTM is a trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.

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