Selects STMicroelectronics´ STPC Family for Expanded Embedded Computer On Module Initiative

SAN DIEGO -- July 6, 2004 -- Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, today announced two new additions to Kontron´s ETX and DIMM-PC Computer-On-Module product families -- the ETX-e.lite and the DIMM-PC/lite.

The company also announced the selection of STMicroelectronics´ STPC family of processors for this initiative. Both the ETX-e.lite and DIMM-PC/lite are built around the STPC Elite processor, representing ideal, customizable solutions for low-cost, high-volume embedded applications.

With the inclusion of STPC Elite processors into the development roadmaps of DIMM-PC and ETX COMs, Kontron now offers the advantages of modular technology in areas such as building security, low-end numerical control, SOHO appliances, GPS/GPRS solutions, set top boxes, and low-power test and measurement equipment. Rather than developing complex designs from scratch, engineers can now use STPC Elite processors to use the same processor on a "plug & play" module such as the DIMM-PC/lite or the ETX-e.lite -- saving time by allowing focus on the implementation of the application-specific features of their designs on a baseboard.

"We´re delighted that Kontron has chosen to use our STPC product line in their modules," said Denis Chateau, product marketing manager, STMicroelectronics´ Microcontroller Division / CMG. "Kontron will extend the use of these products into application areas that are not directly accessible by ST, potentially leading to a significant growth in sales of these products. Typical volumes for the use of Computer On Modules are up to 50,000 units per year. Beyond these volumes, economies of scale may favor a more direct design using the semiconductor components without a module concept."

"STPC Elite processors demonstrate an excellent combination of compact size, optimal power consumption, good performance and an availability of five years or more," said Matthias Huber, EPC manager, Kontron Embedded Modules. "This is of particular interest with regard to space-critical modules such as our ETX and DIMM-PC. Along with deployment in classical x86 applications, STPC Elite processors are becoming increasingly popular as a substitute for proprietary embedded intelligence in low-end embedded computer products since standard PC features such as Ethernet and embedded technology are embedded into the module."

The ETX-e.lite and DIMM/PC/lite are available now from Kontron at prices of approximately $115 and $90, respectively (based on small-quantity orders, actual pricing may vary). For further information about pricing and availability, please contact a Kontron Sales Engineer at 800-523-2320.

About Kontron: A leading global embedded computer technology company, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs more than 1,500 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 member of the Intel Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.

READER SERVICE INQUIRIES: Please forward all reader inquiries to Richard Pugnier, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Kontron America. Tel: 858-677-0877, x3688; E-mail: richard.pugnier@kontron.com.

Media Relations Contact:
Lisa Baker
Vice President, Marketing
Phone: 858-405-3010
Technical Information
Matthias Huber
EPC Manager, Embedded Modules
Phone: 510-732-6900 x116

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