Kontron Offers Comprehensive Telecom Platform for ATCA Market

12/8/2004 - Kontron, a market leader in embedded computing technology, unveiled its Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture platform, signaling its intention of taking a leadership role in the adoption and deployment of the new carrier grade system standard. Using the annual SUPERCOMM Show as backdrop for the announcement, Kontron rolled out its AdvancedTCA platform complete with Kontron system chassis, high performance ATCA processing blades and high-availability base fabric switches. Kontron's hardware, IPMI firmware and HPI support are complemented with operating system, applications software and high-availability (HA) middleware from industry-leading companies, including: Solid Information Technology, IP Fabrics, GoAhead Software, Monta Vista Software and ZNYX Networks.

Industry sources estimate that AdvancedTCA will grow from first deployments in 2005 to several billion dollars in just two years. "Kontron is strategically committed to AdvancedTCA platform solutions," said Thomas Sparrvik, President & CEO of Kontron America. "We have forged an alliance with the best-in-class software providers so that, together with Kontron's core ATCA hardware, we are positioned to become the industry's leading supplier."

"We are pleased that Kontron has selected Solid as the hot-standby data manager for their new ATCA platform, supporting the carrier-grade application needs of Kontron customers," said Jussi Harvela, president and CEO of Solid Information Technology. "The combination of Solid and Kontron provides a very cost-effective option for companies developing high-availability applications."

"AdvancedTCA is quickly becoming the defacto standard for communications and network equipment. Kontron's AdvancedTCA platform shows very clearly how sophisticated platforms can be built incorporating high performance network processors together with general purpose processors in a well managed, highly available configuration", said Glen Myers, CEO IP Fabrics. "IP Fabrics' advanced Packet Processing Language and PPL Virtual Machine for Intel® IXP2XXX network processors adds 'ease of programming' to the list of benefits available with Kontron's ATCA platform. Using IP Fabrics' approach to network processor application development, developers can build and modify network processor dataplane applications without having to write, debug or validate machine-specific microcode."

"Kontron is clearly taking a lead by introducing an ATCA-based chassis that is SA Forum HPI compliant," said Dr. Asif Naseem, Senior Vice President and CTO of GoAhead Software. "With GoAhead's HPI-compliant high availability software managing their chassis and system software, Kontron is offering a carrier-grade, standards-based chassis ready for application developers."

"MontaVista Software is committed to supporting open standards such as AdvancedTCA and Carrier Grade Linux," said Robert Monkman, Senior Product Marketing Manager for MontaVista Software Carrier Grade Edition Linux. "Collaboration with Kontron and its partners enables the delivery of application-ready, carrier-grade platforms to an industry rapidly adopting these standards-based solutions."

"ZNYX Networks is the leading provider of AdvancedTCA High Availability open-standard Ethernet switching solutions," said Benoit Robert, Kontron's Manager of Strategic Partnerships. "ZNYX's OpenArchitectTM provides a comprehensive High Availability and QoS suite that creates maximum leverage to rapidly deploy solutions to meet the evolving demands of Kontron's customer base."

"Kontron's ATCA platform combined with OpenArchitect's extensible QoS, Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing framework provides the building blocks for carrier grade solutions with the full benefit of a standard platform," said Connie Austin, President and CEO, ZNYX Networks, Inc.

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.

About Solid Information Technology
Solid Information Technology Corp. delivers the first next-generation Autonomic Data Management Platform. Built on a sophisticated architectural foundation, Solid's solutions power inherently distributed applications in the network infrastructure, telematics, digital content delivery and retail applications. Small and large visionary companies use Solid technology in their solutions to build high-performance, fault-tolerant, and scalable smart applications. Solid is a privately held company with worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, California. The company also has regional offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. For more information, visit the Solid web site at.www.solidtech.com

About GoAhead Software
GoAhead® provides software that allows equipment builders to create systems that operate continuously using inexpensive, standard hardware. The software is used in communications, military/aerospace, industrial control and other industries where downtime is unacceptable. GoAhead products are deployed worldwide in equipment such as wireless base station controllers, softswitches, defense applications and industrial controllers. The software helps developers reduce project risk, lower costs and achieve faster time-to-market. GoAhead is a privately held company with headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. For more information on GoAhead, visit the company's web site at. www.goahead.com

About IP Fabrics
IP Fabrics (www.ipfabrics.com) builds innovative network processor application solutions. IP Fabrics's approach uses a very-high-level packet processing language called PPL to write applications and a highly optimized virtual machine for PPL that runs on the microengines of the network processor. Developers can build and modify high performance network processor applications in PPL without writing, debugging or validating any microcode. A number of higher layer IP applications lend themselves to this approach, including: encryption, deep packet inspection, application-layer firewalls, VPNs, intrusion detection, traffic management, content-based load balancing, VoIP session border control, and IPv4/IPv6 interworking.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software (www.mvista.com) is a leading global supplier of systems software and development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing Open Source GNU/Linux-based software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products that address software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista products include MontaVista Linux Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade Editions. MontaVista DevRocket, a powerful integrated development environment, delivers state-of-the-art development tools across all product Editions. MontaVista Graphics offers a rich GUI development tools platform.

About MontaVista Software
ZNYX Networks (www.znyx.com) is a leader in High Availability embedded Ethernet solutions, specializing in the development of comprehensive high-availability solutions for CarrierClass(TM) systems. Equipment manufacturers and system integrators rely on ZNYX Networks to create next-generation solutions with high availability, optimal performance, and open-standards. ZNYX Networks' products and services consists of pre-built, pre-tested embedded network and switch solutions with advanced Layer 2-7 packet classification, QoS, load balancing and filtering technologies enabling significant "time to market" advantages.

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Sudetenstr. 7
87600 Kaufbeuren, Germany
Tel: +49(8341)803-0
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