SBS Creates First CompactPCI InfiniBand Technology Host Channel Adapter

2/24/2005 - SBS Technologies continued its role as an embedded computer market leader by introducing the industry's first InfiniBand technology 4X dual-port optical-enabled CompactPCI Host Channel Adapter (HCA). The IB4X-CPCI-2A InfiniBand HCA is engineered to drive the performance of high-speed InfiniBand fabrics with low CPU utilization. This 3U-sized InfiniBand HCA card comes with a 6U front panel; a 3U front panel is available on request.

The HCA's two 4X InfiniBand ports can deliver overall throughput close to 400 MB/s. Configured with 128 Mbytes of DDR memory, the IB4X-CPCI-2A provides the high throughput required for embedded data transport applications and high-performance computing clustering (HPCC). The IB4X-CPCI-2A HCA includes circuitry to detect and power an optional IB4X-OMC media converter device that allows the HCA to use fiber so users can conveniently select copper or fiber media on a port by port basis.

"With the introduction of an InfiniBand HCA in a CompactPCI form factor to complement our existing InfiniBand products for PMC, PCI, VME, SBS now offers InfiniBand technology on all the primary form factors used in embedded computing," said Bill Molyneux, Vice President of SBS General Purpose I/O Products. "System engineers can now select from a variety of SBS Technologies' InfiniBand HCAs, switches, management software, and support for several application protocols, to make this technology a reality for high-performance embedded computing applications."

The IB4X-CPCI-2A supports many applications with remote direct memory access (RDMA) capabilities to reduce CPU overhead and free host processors for application use. RDMA support and InfiniBand technology make a powerful combination for high-performance data networks, computer clustering, telecommunications and data storage traffic. Application support includes Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP) for running over existing TCP applications, Internet Protocol over InfiniBand (IPoIB) to run IP over InfiniBand links, SCSI Remote Protocol (SRP) initiator for storage area networking (SAN), and embedded application support such as video streaming.

The IB4X-CPCI-2A includes drivers for Linux with MPI, SRP, Mirror API, IPoIB, SDP and uDAPL support and Yellow Dog Linux for 64-bit PowerPC platforms. VxWorks drivers with Mirror API for real time embedded applications are also available.

Price and Availability:
Available now, the IB4X-CPCI-2A HCA lists for US$1,995.

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 are used in many industries, including telecommunications, medical electronics, industrial automation and defense. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS has eight primary operating locations, regional sales offices throughout the United States and international sales and support offices in six countries. More information on SBS and its products is available at

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