VMETRO Rolls Out Vanguard 133 MHz, PCI-X Single Slot Carrier

4/27/2004 - VMETRO, the company that invented the Single Board Bus Analyzer, announced the Vanguard PCI-X Single Slot Carrier. The card allows PCI-X bus systems to be tested at 133 MHz without violating the stringent loading restrictions imposed by the PCI-X specification. These restrictions typically mean that only a single slot is supported in 133 MHz systems, making it impossible to install a Bus Analyzer while the Device Under Test (DUT) is present.

The Single Slot Carrier is an easy to use add-on module for the Vanguard Bus Analyzer, and functions by inserting the DUT into a PCI-X connector on the Single Slot Carrier itself, and isolating the PCI-X bus on the motherboard from the bus where the DUT and analysis takes place by way of a PCI-X to PCI-X bridge. The card is fully compliant with both PCI and PCI-X specifications.

"The Single Slot Carrier offers VMETRO customers a powerful tool for diagnosing and debugging 133MHz PCI-X designs," said Thomas Nygaard, Chief Technology Officer for VMETRO. "The ability to capture accurate diagnostics data without concern for bus speed or loading constraints makes the engineer's job much easier."

"Loading concerns can make debug of 133 MHz PCI-X systems particularly difficult," said Tom Shanley, President of Mindshare and author of PCI-X System Architecture. "VMETRO's release of an isolated Single Slot Carrier has the potential to remove that difficulty. I applaud VMETRO's efforts."

The Vanguard PCI-X Single Slot Carrier will be available in second quarter of 2004 and is priced at $9,920.

VMETRO provides board- and system-level products for high-performance embedded real time systems, with products based on open standards like VMEbus, PCI, RACEway, and Fibre Channel. Founded in 1986 in Oslo, Norway, and in the US since 1987, VMETRO is the world's largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VMEbus and PCI. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for data acquisition and real-time data networking. VMETRO is listed as a Forbes International 200 Best Small Company and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE:VME). For more information, please visit www.vmetro.com.

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