Kontron Showcases Hardware Platform Interface at 3GSM Conference

2/25/2004 - Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company and member of the Intel® Communications Alliance, announced that it is demonstrating a Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) implementation featuring Kontron's XL-VHDS CompactPCI Platform at the 3GSM/2004 Conference, which opens in Cannes, France. The Kontron demo will be in display at the Intel Developers and Solutions Community (Hall 1, stand B11).

Developed by the Service AvailabilityTM Forum, a standards group of which Kontron is a member company, the HPI provides an industry standard interface to monitor and control highly available (HA) telecommunications system platforms. For this HPI demonstration, Kontron has partnered with GoAhead® Software, a provider of integrated, platform-independent middleware for HA systems. The implementation includes an HA chassis and HA middleware, both of which are HPI 1.0 compliant. Kontron and GoAhead validated the HPI implementation and are now demonstrating its open standards validity and functionality. The XL-VHDS platform includes CompactPCI processing boards based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor at 1.6 GHz (Kontron's CP6011 and CP6000), two Intel® Xeon® Low Voltage processors at 2.4 GHz (Kontron's CP6010) and two Intel® Pentium® III processors at 1.26 GHz (Kontron's DT64). The Platform Management Module (Kontron's XL-PMM) running the management software is based on the Intel® Pentium® III processor.

"Telecommunications customers require consistently higher levels of service availability, and the development of technologies to meet these needs can tax the internal resources of even large telecommunications companies," said Ulrich Gehrmann, CEO of Kontron EMEA. "As they look to outsource the supply and the integration of these critical hardware, firmware and software building blocks, we at Kontron are pleased to put our experience and technical expertise to work on their behalf."

"Modular communications platforms based on the Intel® Pentium® M and Xeon® processors combined with SA Forum's HPI fulfill the high availability and reliability requirements service providers demand" said Ton Steenman, general manager, Embedded Intel Architecture Division. "Kontron's platform expertise combined with GoAhead software and Intel building blocks highlights the time-to-market advantage enabled through modular, standards-based building blocks."

"Kontron's implementation of the SA Forum HPI spec demonstrates the benefits of using open industry standards," said Manfred Reitenspiess, president of the SA Forum. "The widespread adoption of SA Forum standards such as the HPI will help telecommunications companies to consistently deliver high-quality services to their customers."

Kontron expects to implement the SAF-HPI specification in their upcoming line of AdvancedTCA products due for release by the end of 2004.

For more information about the Service Availability Forum and the HPI standard, visit www.saforum.org.

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