SBS Takes InfiniBand to Embedded Systems with IB4X-VxWorks Drivers

6/22/2004 - SBS Technologies®, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE), a leading provider of embedded computing technology, delivered InfiniBandTM technology to the embedded computing world with the first set of VxWorks® drivers for InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs).

IB4X-VXWORKS drivers enable the high data throughput, multidrop capability and enhanced reliability that embedded application developers want and for which InfiniBand is noted. Based on SBS Technologies’ Mirror API, a low-level application programming interface targeted specifically at real-time embedded applications, IB4X-VXWORKS is easy to use consequently shortening application development time.

The VxWorks drivers are designed to Ready Driver specifications so that they work across SBS Technologies expansive range of single board computers (SBCs) including x86 and PowerPC SBCs, as well as with SBCs from other vendors with little porting effort.

“As the only VxWorks solution for InfiniBand technology, this driver kit is designed for embedded application developers, like those in the medical imaging and military visualization fields, who need exceptional performance,” said Bill Molyneux, General Manager of the SBS Technologies General Purpose I/O Group in Minnesota. “InfiniBand is five times faster than any other VxWorks embedded I/O solution available today. Enterprise server applications are rapidly adopting the technology since it solves the inherent issues of scalability and performance. These issues are the same for many embedded applications and InfiniBand technology offers the same advantages to embedded developers.”

InfiniBand technology is a serial switched fabric technology that has gained much respect and success in the enterprise for its high performance and scalability. Now, with IB4X-VXWORKS, embedded developers working with a reliable RTOS like VxWorks can bring the same scalability and high-performance to their embedded solutions that enterprise developers now enjoy.

Designed to interconnect computing systems in the world of real time applications, InfiniBand technology, with data speeds up to 10Gbits/sec, adds a new level of performance for VxWorks-based applications. Multiple systems can now achieve data throughput rates that were once only possible through proprietary point-to-point links.

The IB4X-VXWorks drivers are now available with SBS InfiniBand host channel adapter hardware.

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 offices in six countries. More information on SBS is available at or

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