New CompactPCI Packet Switched Platform from Kontron Speeds Application Development

Provides high-density, cost-effective processing power

Embedded Systems Conference, San Francisco, March 13, 2002 - Kontron, a leading global embedded computer technology company, announces the release of a 4U/8-slot CompactPCI high-density packet switched platform. It is ideal for telecom and datacom OEM applications where rack space and value are key concerns.

The XL-LP42, built on the PICMG 2.16 specification, provides a key building block for standards-based solutions and expands Kontrons 2.16 compliant platform family which includes the XL-VHDS and XL-PSB CompactPCI platforms. Compatible with a wide range of modular off-the-shelf embedded components and providing support for major operating systems and real time software, the new XL-LP42 significantly speeds application development.

The platform allows users to route signals across the 2.16-compliant backplane without the use of cables, saving set-up, maintenance, and repair time. Seven CompactPCI slots support 32-bit/33 MHz or 64-bit/66 MHz system and peripheral processor boards; and one slot is dedicated for a PICMG 2.16-compliant switched fabric processor such as Kontrons new XL-ES24 CompactPCI Fast Ethernet switch. In addition, two PCI bus segments with H.110 telephony bus are routed to peripheral slots on each segment.

The XL-LP42 packet switched platform provides extremely high computing density combined with efficient thermal management, featuring innovative side-to-rear cooling and a hot-swappable blower tray with two blowers. N + 1 load sharing 200W AC or DC power supplies, as well as processor boards, are also hot-swappable to provide built-in redundancy.

An optional Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) chassis management module continuously monitors the status of multiple system processor boards and reports potential problems, enabling customers to manage multiple boards while conducting remote diagnostics for increased system reliability. The IPMI chassis management module also supports SNMP and Telnet.

The new system, which features a compact 4U, 19-inch rack-mount design, measures
17.2-inch x 7.0-inch x 12.25-inch (436 mm x 178 mm x 311 mm), weighs 30.5 lb (13.7 kg), and has an operating temperature of 410 to 1040F (50 to 400C).

The XL-LP42 is available for immediate delivery in OEM quantities.

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About Kontron: Kontron is 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, test and measurement, and encryption security 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 is a member of the Intel Applied Computing Platform Provider Program (ACPP Program). Kontron employs over 1100 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German Neuer Markt stock exchange under the symbol "KBC".

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Kontron Media Contacts:
Dan Pirro
Corporate Director, Marketing Communications
Phone: 450.437.5682

Jennifer Rodriguez
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist
Phone: 858.677.0877

Technical & Pricing
Jan-Philippe De Broeck
CompactPCI Product Manager

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