NEW KONTRON ePCI-X BACKPLANES ENHANCE PERFORMANCE LEVELS OF PICMG-BASED SYSTEMS

SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2003 – Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, announces the development of two new ePCI-X backplanes, the EBP-6A4B1 and the EBP-11A4B6. Designed to be compatible with existing chassis, the EBP-6A4B1 and EBP-11A4B6 open up new levels of performance for systems based on PICMG technology.
To support the ePCI-200 CPU board introduced earlier this year, Kontron offers two new backplanes: The EBP-6A4B1, a shoe-box style backplane, and the EBP-11A4B6, an ATX-style backplane. The EBP-6A4B1can be used in Kontron’s 9301-6 rugged bench top chassis and the EBP-11A4B6 is compatible for use in Kontron’s 4U chassis, which includes the Omnix, KPR-III, RAK-40x and ARC-40x products.
Kontron anticipates that the EBP-6A4B1 and the EBP-11A4B6 backplanes will be available in production quantities by early Q2 of 2003. Please contact Kontron Sales Engineers for additional information

ABOUT ePCI-X:
The ePCI-X, or PICMG 1.2, standard defines a removable CPU board form factor that is a natural evolution from the popular PICMG 1.0 PCI-ISA specification. It specifies form factors with either one or two PCI busses, and no ISA bus at all. For additional information regarding this specification, visit the ePCI-X website at www.epci-x.com 1.2.

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, 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 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".

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

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