Partnership Results in Development of Highest Density 3U cPCI Serial Card

SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2003 – Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, and Comtrol Corporation, the leading U.S. provider of multiport serial-to-Ethernet device connectivity and management products, introduce the industry’s first 16-port CompactPCI (cPCI) serial card with a 3U height. Developed through the use of the Kontron CP302 Intel(R) Mobile Pentium(R) III processor based CPU board and the CP-ASM-4 cPCI chassis, the RocketPort(R) cPCI 16-Port card provides up to 16 high-speed RS-232 or RS-422 connections from a single cPCI expansion slot and conforms to the PICMG 2.0 Revision 3.0 specification for cPCI expansion cards within PCI industrial computers.

According to Kontron America I/O Communications, Networking and Telephony Product Manager Stephen Newbegin, “Comtrol´s intelligent high-performance/high-reliability serial products are a great fit for CompactPCI, a platform designed for applications where reliability is essential." Newbegin also notes that Kontron, a distributor of Comtrol products, played a key role in the development of the RocketPort serial card as a result of the close relationship between the two industry-leading companies.

"Kontron convinced us that many of their customers needed the power that our serial technology can provide," stated Comtrol’s president and COO Lee Stagni. "We are excited about entering this new market."

Additional information on the RocketPort CompactPCI multiport serial card (ROCKET/CP3-16) is available on and . Kontron anticipates beginning distribution of the RocketPort immediately, with production units available for $995.

ABOUT COMTROL: Comtrol Corporation, based in Minneapolis, is a leading global provider of device connectivity, data communications, and enterprise integration software technologies. The company´s DeviceMaster(R) and RocketPort products include in-server serial expansion cards, Ethernet-attached device networking edge servers, programmable application edge server appliances, and application software. For additional information, visit the Comtrol Web site at or call 800-926-6876.

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 employs over 1100 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".

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READER SERVICE INQUIRIES: Please forward all reader to Jennifer Hanson, Marketing Communications Manager, Kontron America. Tel: 858-677-0877; e-mail: sales@us.kontron.com.


Media Relations
Kontron America
Bruce Boyer
Director of Press Relations
Phone: 510-732-6900 x103

Comtrol Corporation
Karen Frothinger
Director, Marketing Communications
Phone: 763-494-4195

Technical Information
Kontron America
Stephen Newbegin
Product Manager
Phone: 858-677-0877

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