3/13/2006 - By deciding to ensure it can offer long-term availability for VIA Eden processors, which have been discontinued by the manufacturer, Kontron safeguards its customers' investment in RoHS-compliant boards and Computer-On-Modules until at least the end of 2007. This applies to all SBCs and COMs based on VIA Eden processors with 300/400/800 MHz and 1GHz. This commitment includes customers who previously bought assemblies from the competition. For example, a leading Asian manufacturer will only take orders for the discontinued VIA processors until 31 March, 2006 and will not deliver after the end of September, 2006. This strengthens Kontron's position as a reliable partner offering long-term availability embedded computer technology, independent of the processor manufacturers.
Our goal is to make our customers ever more independent of the processor suppliers, even if this requires a large cash investment, says Dirk Finstel, CTO of the Embedded Modules division. In this way, customers receive the highest availability and thus the security that an investment is safeguarded over the long term. The system solutions hardest hit by the VIA discontinuation are mostly those with cost-sensitive designs, due to the economical pricing of their processors. They would be particularly affected, because redesigns have a significantly greater effect on unit prices than in higher-priced solutions, where the cost allocation has a much smaller percentage influence on the price.
Kontron's extended lifetime support includes single-board computers based on PC/104 and JRex 3.5, ETX computer-on-modules, and PISA slot assemblies, as well as the flat panel CPU board ePanel-C3.
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the: automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers and displays. Kontron employs more than 2,300 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 Premier member in the Intel ® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.
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