PICMG approves SHB Express Specification

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Published: Mon Oct 31 2005

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -– PICMG® has now released the SHB Express™, denoted as PICMG 1.3. SHB Express updates the popular PICMG 1.0 (PCI) and 1.2 (PCI-X) specifications that defined passive backplane implementations of the desktop PC architectures. PICMG 1.3 continues that practice by mapping PCI Express® onto a System Host Board (SHB) and an SHB Express backplane to accommodate the SHB and standard add-in cards.

Twenty PICMG member companies participated in the development of the SHB Express specification development process. The specification defines the mechanical, signal mapping and power distribution requirements for System Host Boards and backplanes. In addition to providing support for new PCI Express add in cards, an SHB Express system will also support legacy PCI and PCI-X add in cards.

"SHB Express continues the fine tradition of PICMG with a fresh update to the very first specification PICMG published," said Brad Trent of Trenton Technology. "PICMG has excelled at adapting mass market technologies from desktop computers and servers for the more demanding environments of industrial automation, medical, military and telecom," he continued.

The specification defines systems that can range from two slots for deeply embedded applications to up to 20 slots for complex, high performance solutions.

Copies of the complete specification are available to PICMG members and can be purchased by non-members from PICMG. More information on new PICMG developments is available at www.picmg.org/picmgnewinitiatives.stm. Product listings can be found at http://www.picmg.org/productlistings.stm.

Founded in 1994 as the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, PICMG is a consortium of over 400 companies that collaboratively develops open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. The members of the consortium have a long history of developing and using leading edge products for these industries. For information about PICMG membership, or to find out how to obtain PICMG specifications, visit the PICMG website at www.picmg.org or call PICMG headquarters at (781) 246-9318.

PICMG®, CompactPCI®, AdvancedTCA®, ATCA®, CompactPCI® Express and the PICMG, CompactPCI, AdvancedTCA and ATCA logos are registered trademarks, and COM Express™, MicroTCA™, CompactTCA™, AdvancedMC™ and SHB Express™ are trademarks, of the PCI
Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. All other brand or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders

Rob Davidson
Tel: (805) 542-0999

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