At the Bus and Board Conference, SBS Technologies (Albuquerque, New Mexico) introduces three new 6U-sized CompactPCI single board computers (SBCs).
Configured with different feature sets, the Model CT9, Model CP9, and Model CR9 are claimed by the company to dish up the speed and bandwidth needed for performance-oriented applications---while benefiting from the low power dissipation of Intel's Pentium M microprocessors.
"High performance embedded applications in both the commercial and government markets have ever growing demands for raw processing power, as well as stringent power requirements," notes Adrian Bernhard, Managing Director of SBS Europe.
"These three boards set benchmarks for the overall performance an engineer can expect from embedded systems processor boards."
Each board in SBS's new family supports the PICMG 2.16 dual Ethernet, and PICMG 2.1 hot-swap spec. They all have 64-bit 66-MHz CompactPCI bus interfaces, too, as well as a pair of PMC slots. These boards are also capable of being used in a system or non-system (peripheral) slot.
The graphics are powered by NVIDIA's GeForce 4 Go graphics accelerator chip, providing VGA/LCD resolution up to 2048 x 1536 pixels.
All three SBCs also have no less than five (!) Universal serial Bus (USB v2.0) ports, one on the front panel and four out the rear.
Let's look a bit more closely at the three products, starting with the CT9. It offers a high level of function integration in a single slot, giving you the freedom to use the PMC interfaces to customize it for your application. The CT9 is designed for a broad range of applications such as wireless, voice over packet, enterprise devices and server blade applications.
The CT9 platform supports IPMI PICMG 2.9 system management, in addition to full hot-swap. The board is also H.110 friendly---and will not conflict with those signals on a backplane.
Next is the CP9. The CP9 has a dual slot-wide front panel that permits two PMCs and a hard disk or a flash drive to be mounted in parallel. This compact all-in-one CPU module is suited for I/O intensive applications such as those in automation, industrial control, and transportation applications.
The CP9 is also available in an extended temperature version with an operating temperature range of -40°C to +55°C.
Finally, there's the CR9. It's designed to meet harsh environmental requirements needed in heavy industry, simulation/training, test-and-measurement, or military and aerospace applications. The low power dissipation of the Pentium M lets the CR9 address the need for Intel processors in environments that once were limited by cooling restrictions.
The CR9 can also address such requirements with optional conduction cooling (meeting VITA 30.1-2001 and ANSI/VITA 20-2001 specs), wedge-locks, and rear I/O.
Realtime Operation, Too
This family of processor boards also supports several realtime and commercial operating systems. For Wind River's VxWorks, it's also part of SBS' Ready Driver program for I/O compatibility.
Visit SBS's Web site for a complete list of support operating systems.
A transition module, the Model CTM12, can also be used with any of the boards in this family of processors.
Price and Availability
All three of these boards are available now, priced based on configuration. Starting price for the CT9 is about $3800. Starting price for the CR9 and the CP9 is about $3750.
For more info, contact SBS Technologies, Inc., 2400 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 5-600, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110. Phone toll free: (800) SBS-1553, or toll: (505) 875-0600. Fax: (505) 875-0400.