SBS Technologies Announces Port Failover Software for Gigabit Ethernet NICs for VxWorks Operating System

  • Ethernet port failover increases system dependability
  • User configurable failover time
  • SBS Ready Driver™ compatible
  • Albuquerque, NM (May 31, 2005) ─ Today, SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE), a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded computer solutions, announced the VD-FOE Ethernet port failover software for the VxWorks® real-time operating system. VD-FOE software provides port failover for SBS Gigabit Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) using the VxWorks real-time operating system. Employing a custom protocol implementation, the software eliminates single point of failure by allowing the system to failover from one port on an Ethernet network to a port on another independent Ethernet network with little or no disruption to the user. This functionality is not available with standard protocols. "The VD-FOE Ethernet port failover solution is designed for embedded applications, like those in critical medical imaging, military and commercial fields, which use Ethernet networks that require dual paths and seamless failover," said Bill Molyneux, General Manager of the SBS Technologies General Purpose I/O Group in Minnesota. "SBS knows Ethernet and VxWorks, and we've leveraged that expertise to deliver an outstanding piece of software that is a perfect complement to our Ethernet hardware products." VD-FOE is designed for networks in which the failover port cable connections provide two independent routes to a destination host with no risk of packet loop around. VD-FOE pairs two Gigabit Ethernet ports so that the operating system views them as a single port represented by one hardware Ethernet address and one software IP address. If an active port fails during data transmission, the route is automatically switched to its paired port without interruption. VD-FOE complies with the SBS Ready Driver board support package API so it works across SBS Technologies’ expansive range of Intel® Architecture and PowerPC® single board computers as well as with single board computers from other vendors. Price and Availability: Available now, the VD-FOE software is priced $400. Licensing VD-FOE software programs are licensed for use on one computer or workstation, provided that the software is used only in connection with an SBS Gigabit Ethernet NIC. Any VD-FOE software merged with any other software program is subject to the terms and conditions of the SBS software license. You may reproduce and provide one copy of the software and supporting documentation for each paid license. Otherwise, the software and supporting documentation may be copied only as essential for backup or archival purposes in support of your software as permitted by the license. The complete software license is available at # # # About SBS Technologies SBS Technologies®, (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 Brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. This new product announcement contains forward-looking statements concerning SBS Technologies, Inc.’s product strategy, technology capability, competitive leadership and product capabilities. These statements reflect the perspectives and expectations of SBS management as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risk factors, including sales and product strategy within SBS; the impact of rapid technological and market change; and other risk factors listed from time to time in the SBS SEC reports, including those listed under "Risk Factors" in the SBS Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports. Sales Contact 505.875.0600 Media Contact Herb Bethoney SBS Technologies, Inc. 505.875.0600 European Contact Anthony O'Sullivan +49 8215034-171