Concurrent and Thales Partner to Develop Pentium M Processor Boards

4/16/2004 - Concurrent Technologies, a leader in the design and development of high-performance and innovative single board computer products based on Intel® Pentium® and Motorola® PowerPC® technology, and Thales Computers, a leader in the development of high-performance PowerPC- and Pentium-based VMEbus systems, announced that under a recently signed agreement, they will be undertaking the joint development of a new family of Pentium M-based VME processor boards. The boards will be available in commercial, extended-temperature, and rugged versions.

Under the agreement, Concurrent Technologies will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the commercial product lines, and Thales Computers will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the extended and rugged products. Both companies will sell all versions under a cross-distribution agreement.

Glen Fawcett, Managing Director of Concurrent Technologies, stated, "This agreement combines the complementary expertise and skills of Concurrent Technologies and Thales Computers to bring to the market a product family that will meet the needs of our customers, whether they are involved in commercial or defense-oriented products. The products will be designed to be electronically compatible so customers can start development with commercial versions and progress to the rugged versions as necessary, safe in the knowledge that their software can transfer seamlessly from one version to the other."

Alain Albarello, CEO of Thales Computers, said, "This joint development agreement will enable both companies to go to market sooner with new products, while addressing a wider range of customer needs. Thales Computers proposes using its patented Ruggedizer™ technology to transform the commercial version of the board into a rugged product. There is a clear contribution to the project from both companies, hence minimizing joint development risks. This agreement will be fully beneficial to both of our customer communities."

The first commercial products are due for release during Q2, 2004, and the rugged products will be available later this year.

About Concurrent Technologies
Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom-designed industrial computer boards for real-time embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the USA and UK. In addition to its original Multibus II product line, the company has a wide range of high-performance, Intel processor-based VME and CompactPCI products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) products. The company offers support for many of today's leading industry standard operating systems.

About Thales Computers
Thales is an international electronics and systems group serving the defense, aerospace, and security markets. The group employs 62,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of €10.6 billion in 2003. Thales Computers is a leading developer of commercial and ruggedized VMEbus systems solutions based on PowerPC and Pentium microprocessors. The company's products are optimized for a wide variety of applications in the military, aerospace, transportation, communications, and industrial markets and are used by customers worldwide, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Bombardier, Toshiba, BAE, British Aerospace, Ericsson, Alcatel, Thales Group, and others.

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