Kaparel Participates in StarFabric Trade Assoc. Demonstration of PICMG2.17 Backplane Architecture at Bus & Board 2003

1/20/2003 - Kaparel Corporation announced they will be part of a multi-vendor demonstration based on the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) 2.17 CompactPCI StarFabric Specification at Bus&Board 2003. The demonstration will highlight products based on the specification ratified in May 2002. Along with the Kaparel demonstration, several vendors are showing StarFabric-based applications at the show.

Tim Miller, President of the StarFabric Trade Association stated, "The PICMG 2.17 StarFabric specification is attracting wide-spread attention as evidenced by the sheer mass of vendors demonstrating its applicability at the show. The low-cost interoperability inherent in StarFabric is exactly what vendors needs to remain competitive."

The StarFabric demonstration will be held in Booth # 11 at Bus&Board 2003, which will take place Monday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 21, 2003. Presented by VITA and PICMG, Bus&Board 2003 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, and is focused on VMEbus, CompactPCI, PCI, PC104, motherboards, and mezzanine cards for embedded applications.

Mike Peters, Director of Sales for Kaparel, commented, "Kaparel is an executive member of the StarFabric Association, as well as a member of the PICMG 2.17 sub-committee, and offers a StarFabric Platform that enables users to develop applications that provide designers with a fast-to-market solution based on this architecture." Mr. Peters also noted, "Kaparel can also provide a complete custom turnkey solution for customers to suit their particular 2.17 requirements."

About the StarFabric Trade Association
The StarFabric Trade Association, a non-profit, open membership industry group, aims to develop and promote the StarFabric switched interconnect technology. The founding members represent a wide spectrum of organizations, which together provide the broad and diverse perspective required to ensure StarFabric will continue to meet the dynamic market requirements of next generation embedded and communication systems. The StarFabric Trade Association owns the StarFabric Architecture and is responsible for all future enhancements. (www.starfabric.org)

Bus & Board
Bus & Board Conference (www.busandboard.com) is an annual event co-sponsored by VITA and PICMG. This conference is focused on VMEbus, CompactPCI, PCI, PC104, motherboards, and mezzanine cards for embedded applications. The speakers for the January 2002 conference include market research analysts, editors from major electronics publications, and industry experts from military, industrial, and telecom market segments. The Conference runs January 20 - 21, 2003 in Long Beach California.

Kaparel Corporation
Kaparel is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company that develops, manufactures, and globally markets high-speed backplane solutions to the Converging Communications market. From its pioneering work in CompactPCIÒ bridge designs, Kaparel has quickly become a leader in many aspects of high-speed backplane architecture technology (www.kaparel.com).

Kaparel specializes in high slot count, hot swap and high availability systems and has custom designed over 250 high-speed and CompactPCI backplanes for major global telecommunications and computer manufacturers. Founded in 1996 (as the cPCI division of PixStream Incorporated), Kaparel is based in Canada’s Technology Triangle in Waterloo, Ontario and is a part of Rittal International (www.rittal.com), the world’s largest electronic enclosure manufacturer with offices in over 55 countries.

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