Kontron and Astute Networks announce strategic technology partnership

Companies to integrate their respective ATCA board-level products to provide integrated edge compute/storage platforms for IPTV, IMS and HSS applications

Eching, Germany/Barcelona, Spain, February 11, 2008 − Kontron, a leading global provider of embedded and open modular solutions for the communications market, and Astute Networks, a leader in the development of high performance networked storage solutions for mission-critical applications, announced today a technology partnership for the purpose of developing leading-edge platform solutions intended for support of HLR/ HSS, IPTV and IMS network applications.

Kontron and Astute Networks will conduct interoperability and performance testing between the Kontron AT8030, a 10GbE multi-core AdvancedTCA processor board featuring three Intel® Core(TM) Duo processors, and the Astute Networks Caspian AdvancedTCA 10Gb iSCSI high-capacity storage board. Together, these two pre-validated and pre-tested boards will enable telecom equipment manufacturers to design and rapidly offer their carrier, service provider and multi-system operator (MSO) clients an economical method to deploy next-generation multi-media networks, while having a non-disruptive path to scale the size and performance of these systems over time. The partnership between Kontron and Astute Networks will also include suitability testing for applications requiring high-performance edge compute/storage solutions, as well as joint sales and marketing activities to support these products.

"The multitude of opportunities to design next generation systems on AdvancedTCA platforms are occurring at an accelerated rate," said Robert Courteau, General Manager, Kontron Canada. "Our respective boards represent tremendous prospects for TEMs, NEPs and ISVs to design numerous network elements – such as content streaming applications and HLR/HSS systems – that depend on significant multi-core processing power, a 10GbE data plane, and RAID5 extreme storage capacity requirements."

"Astute Networks is very excited to partner with Kontron on solutions for these markets," said Mike Heumann, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Astute Networks. "Innovative solutions will be required to address emerging markets such as IPTV and IMS in a manner that provides a high level of service, and still meets the business needs of carriers and MSOs. The complementary strengths of the Astute Networks storage products and Kontron's processor and integrated platform products enable robust ATCA-based architectures that address these needs."

In order to rapidly capitalize on this market, carriers and MSOs will need to be able to deploy cutting-edge digital computing and storage architectures that span from the core network to the access and enterprise network. At the same time, these architectures must be scalable with the potential to grow subscribers or content. A key part of these architectures is Carrier Grade computing and storage in the Central Office (CO), Mobile Switching Center (MSC), and Access Network. The usage of ATCA as carrier grade platform and specifically the combination of the AT8030 multi-core, multi-processor CPU blade and the high capacity ATCA storage blade allows Carriers and Telecom equipment vendors to grow their network for content delivery and subscriber management without changing the HW platform.

The combination of Kontron's leading-edge ATCA 10GbE multi-core processor board with the density and performance of Astute's Caspian ATCA storage blade provides a winning combination for a variety of media applications. The primary challenge in the deployment of new services is the ability to scale the architecture as demand grows. The open modular architecture inherent in both of these products, plus the ability to virtualize storage across multiple Caspian boards, makes the job of scaling these systems within the reach of normal telecom deployment and maintenance practices. The end result is reduced TCO for carriers and MSOs that utilize this architecture.

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About Astute Networks
Astute Networks develops industry-leading, high performance networked storage solutions for mission-critical applications. Founded in April 2000 and headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Astute Networks is backed by venture capital firms including Tallwood Venture Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds, Scale Venture Partners, KeyNote Ventures, and U.S. Venture Partners. Additional information is available at www.astutenetworks.com.

About Kontron
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and communication solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com.

Reader contact Americas:
Kontron America Inc.
14118 Stowe Dr
Poway, CA 92064-7147
United States of America
Tel: +1 (888)-294-4558
Fax: +1 (858) 677-0898
sales@us.kontron.com
www.kontron.com

Editor contact Americas:
Richard Pugnier
Kontron America Inc.
14118 Stowe Dr
Poway, CA 92064-7147
United States of America
Tel:+1 (858) 623-3006
Fax:+1 (858) 677-0615
richard.pugnier@us.kontron.com


Astute Networks Contacts:
Mike Heumann
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone: (858) 673-7700 ext. 210
Email: mheumann@astutenetworks.com


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Kontron is a trademark or registered trademark of Kontron AG. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks or copyrights by their respective owners and are recognized.

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