SBS Unveils Tsunami PMC FPGA-based Computing PCI Mezzanine Cards

12/9/2004 - SBS Technologies® (NASDAQ: SBSE), a leading provider of embedded computing technology, introduced the Tsunami PMC A30 and A40 advanced FPGA-based computing PCI Mezzanine Cards (PMC). Based on the Alter® high-density Strati® device family, the A30 and A40 PMCs leverage FPGA capabilities for high-performance commercial and military computing solutions, including software defined radio, radar, sonar, image and video processing applications. The result is a complete computing system capable of supporting algorithm-intensive, high-bandwidth applications using far less real estate, lower power, and lower cost than existing multi-CPU or DSP systems.

Using Altera's high-performance Stratix EP1S30 or Stratix EP1S40 FPGA devices, the SBS Tsunami PMCs feature micro-mezzanine architecture to offer a selection of off-the-shelf and custom I/O interfaces. User-defined data can be routed through the P4 connector at speeds up to 1 Gbytes/sec for high throughput.

"The Tsunami PMC is perfect for video and image processing, and good application examples are manned and unmanned vehicles for the military. The flexibility and power of the FPGA processor is ideal for the many different camera and sensor inputs that must be formatted, compressed and moved through the vehicle's network for display. FPGA-based computing power delivers ASIC-like efficiency and software re-programmability to handle intensive computing and multiple streams of data," said Ron Strauss, vice president and general manager of SBS Canada. "This product is about as flexible and modular as an embedded board can get. Between its core of reprogrammable logic and its interchangeable I/O mezzanine boards and connectors, this board can truly have multiple personalities. Our engineers are proud to have squeezed all of this onto a form-factor as small as a PMC."

A Tsunami PMC video bundled configuration is also being released with multiple streams of RS170 and MPEG or JPEG encoding for easy system integration.

Leveraging the SBS support services and engineering resources available to OEM customers, these FPGA PMCs include the SBS Wave FPGA software tool kit and Altera's soft-core Nios® processor, SOPC Builder® software design environment for rapid development of custom data throughput and image processing applications. The Tsunami PMC supports Linux and Microsoft® Windows® XP/2000 operating systems.

Price and Availability
The Tsunami A40 and A30 PMC modules will be available in January, 2005. Quantity pricing starts at $3,500.

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

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