SBS Debuts Rugged Compact Remote Interface Unit for Vehicles

12/9/2004 - SBS Technologies® (NASDAQ: SBSE) continued its role as an embedded defense electronics leader by introducing its first Remote Interface Unit that can be used in rugged environments. The RIU-1000 offers a cost-effective, lightweight, low power, compact system with both connectivity and control electronics to support distributed military applications.

Ruggedized for defense and aerospace applications, the SBS RIU-1000 design is leveraged from SBS Technologies' DIO (DSP-based Input/Output) product line, allowing distributed I/O communications, controlled over a MIL-STD 1553 bus. The RIU-1000 is the first in a new line of general purpose remote interface units, giving a true off-the shelf solution to the challenge of providing low-cost, high density data and control communications within an integrated avionics, navtronics and vetronics architecture.

Originally developed for vehicle management system applications, where interface flexibility, physical robustness, weight, power, and space are critical considerations, the rugged RIU-1000's compact system measures less than 50 cubic inches and weighs 2.6 lbs. As a general purpose remote interface unit, the RIU-1000's FPGA- and DSP-based I/O core provides highly flexible generic I/O interfaces designed to suit most common vehicle system applications.

The RIU-1000 interface has an adaptable modular architecture with a pre-defined set of generic interfaces selected to suit a wide range of common I/O requirements.

The RIU-1000's standard configuration consists of a motherboard and two daughterboards, making the system easily adaptable to changing customer requirements. One daughterboard provides a MIL-STD 1553 control interface. The other daughterboard contains a variety of discrete and analog I/O with more than 100 interface channels, and its highly flexible software interface architecture provides flexible user control and in-circuit programmability. Other control interfaces and I/O options are available upon request.

"The RIU-1000 offers system designers a great deal of versatility. This conduction-cooled remote interface unit is optimized for harsh military environments where equipment is subjected to extreme temperatures, vibration, and EMI environments," said Dave Wessing, Vice President of SBS Technologies Government Products. "The RIU-1000 can be used for multiple applications, helping to reduce costs. The RIU-1000's compact design lets designers decentralize I/O throughout a vehicle, adding robustness and reliability to their designs," continued Wessing.

Price and Availability
Pricing for the RIU-1000, which is available now, starts at US $12,000.

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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