SKY Computers to Speak on Open Standards in Embedded Computing
7/28/2004 - Leaders from SKY Computers®, Inc., a subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG), and other industry luminaries are available to speak with customers, prospects, peers, and media about the growing migration toward open standards in high-performance embedded computing. SKY Computers is the first company in the embedded market to develop and deliver high-performance embedded servers based on open-source software and industry standards through its family of SMARTpacTM Systems. The company initiated this critical effort three years ago and has invested close to $15 million in it, leading to the introduction of SMARTpac Systems Architecture in 2003 and a number of product developments and customer implementations.
SKY has seen momentum building in its market segments of Navtronics, Avionics, Vetronics, Industrial Inspection, and other environments that demand real-time, sensor-based, high-availability solutions, such as medical imaging and homeland security. The recent delivery of SKY’s SMARTpac 600 data acquisition server to a major defense contractor, and announcements from vendors that target similar market segments, further validate SKY’s rejection of proprietary systems.
Recently, a major embedded multi-computing competitor announced a server-based product that will feature InfiniBand(TM). This anticipated move represents an early step towards embracing and legitimizing open systems and InfiniBand. SKY Computers, SBS Technologies, and Mellanox Technologies continue to drive the Embedded InfiniBand Subgroup within the InfiniBand Trade Association and perpetuate the commitment to open-source software and industry standards that meet complex, demanding applications.
Don Barry, president of SKY Computers, remarked on this important shift in high-performance embedded computing: “During SKY Computers’ 25-year history in the high-performance embedded computing market, we have witnessed many shifts in customer demands, competing technologies, and evolving standards. Watching the industry follow our lead and move toward open-source and standards-based systems is gratifying, as it further validates the direction of our product and design decisions.”
“Our customers have played a large part in our shift towards open-source software, standards, and InfiniBand, before it was commonplace to stray from proprietary products,” continued Barry. “The feedback from key industry analysts, and from our installed base of over 45 companies and defense contractors, was the catalyst behind this breakthrough technology shift and development for SKY.”
Spokespeople available for further comment and briefings include:
- SKY’s President – Don Barry
- SKY’s Engineering Team – Steve Paavola, CTO; Gerry Pocock, Chief Software Architect
- System Integrator and Industry Expert – Ash Law, President, SensorCom
- Analysts briefed on SKY Computers and SMARTpac – Eric Gulliksen, Venture Development Corporation; Jerry Krasner, Electronic Market Forecasters; Will Strauss, Forward Concepts
In March 2003 SKY announced a new class of high-performance embedded servers that are linked to systems through standards and open-source software, combining the ease of use of COTS with customization from industry experience. The SMARTpac Systems Architecture scales all the way from a single-blade server, with between six and twenty-four processing elements, to a whole rack of these servers with hundreds of processors, and even to very large, multi-rack implementations. The high-performance architecture readily adapts to a broad range of configurations, from a simple daisy chain of blade servers to a complex full-mesh topology, and variations in between. SKY’s family of SMART Systems products are used around the world, with recent customers that include a major, U.S.-based defense contractor for a surface-ship application, and a European-based defense contractor with a targeting radar application.
About SKY Computers
SKY Computers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG), is the leading supplier of standards-based, high-performance embedded computer systems. SKY’s broad range of commercial-off-the-shelf products meets the requirements for high-performance embedded computing applications. Standards and open-source software are combined with advanced technologies to provide solutions for demanding military and defense electronics, industrial inspection, medical imaging, and security applications. For additional information, please visit www.skycomputers.com.
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