Kontron teams with NEI to co-develop and market highly integrated AdvancedTCA platforms

Kontron teams with NEI to co-develop and market highly integrated AdvancedTCA platforms

Collaboration intended to broaden customer choice and accelerate time to market

Poway, CA – June 17, 2008 – Kontron (TecDAX: KBC), a leading global provider of standard-based and custom embedded and communications solutions, and NEI (NASDAQ: NENG), a leading provider of server appliance products and services for storage, security and communications software vendors, announced today a signed agreement to co-develop and market highly integrated AdvancedTCA platforms designed to expand customer choice and accelerate time to market. NEI will use Kontron’s extensive selection of GbE/10GbE AdvancedTCA and AdvancedMC products to expand its best-in-class approach to integrating solutions that match application requirements.

To illustrate the technical benefits of this collaboration, Kontron and NEI will demonstrate a 2U AdvancedTCA IPTV solution (featuring the Kontron OM9020 AdvancedTCA 2U series platform) during NXTcomm 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada at booths SL4123 and SL3924, respectively.

Michael Kadri, vice-president of sales at Kontron America, said, “Feedback from telecom equipment manufacturers is extremely positive. They require greater choices as they look to solve next-generation application requirements that include higher capacity, performance and availability. More importantly, Kontron and NEI share a key business objective: to help customers get new applications to market faster. This and other market demands are increasingly directing them to rely on a single source for commercial-off-the-shelf solutions —a source that provides holistic application-to-system deployment capabilities. Time and cost savings for developers can be tremendous and their global carrier and service provider clients will be able to roll-out new subscriber services much more efficiently.”

“This is a winning combination,” said Ron Pugh, senior vice president of sales at NEI. “Customers need best-in-class integration services that combine technical expertise, quality manufacturing, broader product choices and an array of value-added support services—all from a single source. Our collaboration enables us to provide more extensive, feature-rich offerings to our customers worldwide.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/AdvancedTCA

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