Kontron Takes Lead in Development of New COM Express Specification

10/1/2004 - The much-anticipated COM Express specification, under development for nearly a year, was recently posted for member review on the PICMG website. COM Express represents the convergence of advanced computing standards including Serial ATA, PCI Express, USB 2.0, LVDS and Serial DVO in combination with highly-advanced computing devices employing serial differential signaling technology to meet the requirements of higher performance and I/O bandwidth in extremely compact form-factors.

PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) is a consortium of over 450 companies who collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. Kontron (TecDAX 30: KON), a market leader in embedded computing technology and active member of PICMG, has taken a strong leadership role in the development of this specification, beginning as the founding member of the sponsoring group of companies. The other companies who collaborated on the COM Express initiative are Intel, RadiSys and PFU.

With the development of the COM Express specification well under way, Kontron has initiated development of a new ETXexpress line of Computer-on-Module (COM) products. The new ETXexpress-PM, slated for production early in 2005, will be one of the industryís first COM Express solutions. According to Matthias Huber, Kontronís Embedded Modules Manager, "Kontronís experience in COM technology led us to encourage the industry to develop this new standard. When the new standard for COMs is finally released later this year, Kontron will be ready to introduce new COM Express solutions, beginning with the ETXexpress-PM."

About Kontron
A leading global embedded computer technology company, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs more than 1,500 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". Kontron is a member of the Intel Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.

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