Kontron First ECT Manufacturer to Achieve UL Certification on COMs Products

Export for OEM Customers Eased Thanks to COMs UL Certification

SAN DIEGO – July 24, 2006 – Kontron announced its achievement of Underwriters Laboratories certification for all of the company’s Computer-On-Modules products. By receiving the UL certification, Kontron has attained a new milestone in quality management. Kontron provides OEMs with significantly more security in the selection of appropriate COMs while considerably simplifying the procedure for their own UL certification.

Until recently, UL certificates accepted in the United States and Canada, as well as in other parts of the world, were primarily available just for systems. Now, with the implementation of UL certification for COMs, this quality assurance extends to even more embedded application designers. Kontron has obtained the UL certificate – UL 60950-1:2003 First Edition and CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03 First Edition from April 1, 2003 – in a large-scale validation process for all COM products following the the ETX®, ETX 3.0, ETXexpress™/COM Express, microETXexpress™, DIMM-PC®, and X-board™ standards. According to research carried out by the Kontron, it is the first provider to UL-certify its COMs. This reinforces Kontron’s leadership position in the COM market and strengthens an already high-level of customer orientation.

UL certification for Kontron COM products is especially attractive for OEMs offering solutions in Canada and the U.S. because, apart from the EN60950 certificate that Kontron has long held, a UL certificate is the absolute seal of quality for the these regional markets. By being able to provide OEMs a UL certificate, Kontron can further guarantee customers that when it comes time for them to obtain their own UL certification that the already-certified COMs will reduce the time-to-market for their final product.

“COM products are intended to make customized system design simpler,” stated Matthias Huber, director of Kontron’s Embedded Modules Division. “By providing a UL-certified module, we help to minimize our OEM customers’ effort to achieve UL certification for their finished systems and help them go to market quickly.”

“Therefore, when faced with choosing between similar products, the OEM customer’s logical choice will be the component that already has earned a UL certificate,” continued Huber.

All products with UL certificates for “Information Technology Equipment Including Electrical Business Equipment” (NWGQ2.E304278 for the US and NWGQ8.E304278 for Canada) can be researched at www.ul.com.

About Kontron:

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. For additional information on Kontron, please visit www.kontron.com.

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Richard Pugnier
Manager, Marketing Communications
Kontron America
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Product Marketing Manager
Kontron America

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