Newest "Computer-On-Module" Extends Capabilities of ETX Line with STPC Elite Microprocessor for Embedded Computing

SAN FRANCISCO - March 30, 2004 - Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, today introduced the ETX-e.lite CPU module - a new addition to the growing family of Computer-On-Module (COM) products from the inventor of the ETX standard.

Built around the STMicroelectronics STPC Elite processor and integrated chipset, the ETX-e.lite offers a full range of features including USB, Ethernet, and Sound (optional). With the processor preconfigured to run at 100MHz for best efficiency, and the necessity for active cooling eliminated, the ETX-e.lite represents a truly low-power solution requiring only 4 watts of power. The ETX-e.lite operates at temperatures ranging from 0°C to 60°C without a heatspreader, with extended temperature versions available upon request.

The ETX-e.lite features on-board memory up to 64MB DRAM, making it a highly rugged solution that meets the needs of many of today´s most demanding applications, such as small ticketing machines, interface nodes, and other headless (no monitor) systems.

Sample ETX-e.lite modules will be available in Q2 2004. Kontron anticipates offering entry-level ETX-e.lite production units (16MB version, USB, Ethernet, no sound) priced starting at approximately $99 (actual pricing may vary).

In addition to the new ETX-e.lite, Kontron´s ETX product line includes openly exchangeable modules based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor, the Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor - M, VIA C3, VIA Eden, and National Geode processors.

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.

Kontron Contacts:
Technical Information
Kontron America
Bruce Boyer
Vice President, Product Marketing
Phone: 510-732-6900 x103

Kontron Embedded Modules (EMEA)
Matthias Huber
Product Manager
Phone: +49(991)37024-647

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