ETXexpress-PM Selected as “Embedded System” Finalist

FREMONT, CA -- February 2, 2006 – Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, today announced that the ETXexpress-PM Computer-On-Module (COM) has been selected from a field of hundreds as a finalists for this year’s EDN Innovation Awards. The Kontron ETXexpress-PM module is the first COM Express compliant product to bring PCI Express bus technology to small form factor COMs and is a finalist in the “Embedded Systems” category of the contest’s 17 possible categories that also include Innovator of the Year and Best Contributed Article. Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honors the people and technologies that have shaped these miconductor industry over the past year.

Kontron initiated what would become the COM Express movement in mid-2003 and headed the working group that was formed in January 2004 under the auspices of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) to develop of the official COM Express specification.

Kontron ETXexpress products (the ETXexpress-PM is the first in the family) are the next generation embedded modules that bring advanced technology to tomorrow’s applications. Built around serial differential signaling technologies, ETXexpress modules incorporate interfaces for PCI Express (4x1, 1x16), Serial ATA, USB 2.0, LVDS, Serial DVO and much more into a 95 x 125 mm small form factor embedded module. Kontron ETXexpress modules provide the highest available performance on the smallest state of the art embedded modules. Additionally, by following the modular concept for embedded design, ETXexpress modules safeguard R&D investments and lower total cost of ownership.

“The advancements that distinguish the finalists in the annual EDN Innovation program may seem subtle – minimally lower power, a light reduction in cost, the ability to discern a faster signal, or the gateway to new semiconductor processes,” states EDN Editor-in- Chief Maury Wright. “Yet those subtleties represent hard-won engineering victories that make all the difference in the latest compelling consumer products, computers, and communication systems. I congratulate all of this year’s finalists for advancing the stateof- the-art in everything from discrete components to processors to chip-design tools.”

Beginning today and running through February 28, EDN invites the world wide audience of electronics engineers and engineering managers within the embedded computing technology community to review each of the finalists and cast their votes online at www.edn.com/innovation to select the ultimate winners. EDN’s editorial staff and Editorial Advisory Board also take part in determining the final winners. Winners will be announced at the 16th annual awards ceremony on April 3, 2006 in San Jose, California,
during the Embedded Systems Conference – Silicon Valley.

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