SBS Unveils Embedded 3U CompactPCI Situational Awareness Interface Server

3/24/2005 - SBS Technologies is continuing its role as a leading provider of embedded computing technology for defense and aerospace applications by announcing the availability of the AVC-cPCI-3009, an advanced embedded 3U CompactPCI ruggedized Situational Awareness Interface Server for in-flight avionics systems.

The AVC-cPCI-3009 is a stand-alone rugged computer designed to capture and process image data from multiple sources on an aircraft. High-performance SBS dual input FPGA-based video capture and compression features for military applications provide the video processing engine in this advanced vehicle computer. Using a powerful FPGA computing processor and integrated MPEG-4 encoder, this integrated system is well-suited for video data recording, surveillance, UAV operations, reconnaissance, and other camera-based applications where video data is captured and transferred over a network.

"The AVC-cPCI-3009 Situational Awareness Interface Server brings video and graphics data processing to a wide range of challenging avionics applications," said David Wessing, Vice President and General Manager of the Government Group. "This in-flight conduction-cooled video frame grabber system is a complete flight-ready graphics processing application and is optimized for harsh environments including shock, vibration, and higher than normal temperatures, offering our partners and integrators time-to-market and cost advantages over in-house designs." continued Wessing.

As a comprehensive flight-ready solution, the ruggedized AVC-cPCI-3009 is designed to capture frames from an NTSC video stream from an aircraft's on-board camera, compress the video frames, and then send the compressed image data over a network to another computer for further processing and display. Using an FPGA-based processor to provide the flexibility of a software application with the performance of a hardware implementation, the AVC-cPCI-3009 Situational Awareness Interface Server brings a high degree of performance to in-flight command and control systems.

Also available as an option is the SBS TS-Series A25 Imaging Development Kit which includes PCI FPGA computing hardware and software libraries that are required for additional software development of the AVC-cPCI-3009. Using the Development Kit, system developers can expand the AVC-cPCI-3009's capabilities on a conventional PC and later port their applications to the target FPGA processor.

Price and Availability
Available now, pricing for the AVC-cPCI-3009 Situational Awareness Interface Server starts at US$55,200 in single piece quantities. Also available now, the TS-Series A25 Imaging Development Kit starts at US$7,500.

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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