Recently Released Specification Supports Emerging Telecom, Wireless Infrastructures

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- January 19, 2004 -- Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, today announced that it intends to develop and market products based on the recently released AdvancedTCA (ATCA) form factor, with first products slated to be available in the second half of this year.

ATCA, which stands for Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture, is a new series of specifications targeted to meet requirements for next-generation carrier-grade communications equipment. It incorporates the latest trends in high-speed interconnect technologies, next-generation processors and improved reliability, manageability and serviceability.

"Kontron is well-suited to develop ATCA-based products because of our deep experience and transferable skills in the development of CompactPCI blades and CPU board products," said Jan-Philippe DeBroeck, product manager, Kontron America. "Our broad integration capabilities will also be key to serving the many customers within our large customer base who will require products based on the ATCA form factor. We have been and will continue to be discussions with them as our ATCA program moves forward."

Kontron intends to partner with other companies in the development of ATCA products. Further details about these partnerships will be released in coming months.

The ATCA specification was developed by PICMG (The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) --- a consortium of more than 600 companies, of which Kontron is a member. PICMG members collaboratively develop open specifications for high-performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. For more information, please visit .

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: .

READER SERVICE INQUIRIES: Please forward all reader inquiries to Christine Howe, Media Analyst, Kontron America. Tel: 510-732-6900; e-mail: sales@us.kontron.com.

Media Relations
Kontron America
Bruce Boyer
Vice President, Product Marketing
Phone: 510-732-6900 x103

Technical Information
Kontron Canada
Jan-Philippe De Broeck
Product Manager
Phone: 450-437-4661 x2415

Richard Moore
Product Manager
Kontron America
Phone: 412-921-3322 x3707

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