Kontron, Bell Microproducts Address Embedded Market With Expanded Partnership

Bell Microproducts to Distribute Kontron’s Complete Line of Embedded Computing Products in North and Central America

POWAY, Calif, November 17, 2009 – Kontron today announced the signing of an expanded distribution partnership agreement with Bell Microproducts, Inc. (BELM.OB), one of the world's largest value-added distributors of storage and computing technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Bell Micro will market and distribute Kontron’s full line of embedded computing products in North and Central America. This new agreement is an extension of an existing successful partnership already in place between the two companies, which primarily focused on Kontron’s Carrier Grade and Rack Mount Servers.

Kontron ranks as one of the world's largest manufacturers of embedded computing technology. The company also supports one of the industry’s broadest portfolios, offering boards and mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs and displays, systems and platforms, communications-grade rack mount servers, rugged, and custom products designed to significantly reduce time-to-market and development costs. Leading OEMs, system integrators and application providers integrate Kontron products into demanding applications in a wide range of embedded market segments that include data and telecommunications, automation, mobile computing, medical, military and aerospace, and control and measurement engineering.

“As one of the leading distributors of computing technology, Bell Microproducts aligns well with Kontron’s long-term strategy of expanding our sales channel with strong distributors," said Mike Kadri, vice president of sales for the Americas at Kontron. "Our partnership with Bell Micro gives Kontron access to new markets and enhances penetration into existing ones, which will add significant strategic value helping us achieve our sales channel goals.”

“As the demand for standards-based computing technology accelerates into virtually every embedded system application, we believe the breadth of products from Kontron will strongly benefit our diverse customer base,” said Chuck Kostalnick, president of North American Distribution at Bell Microproducts. “Kontron’s leading-edge and proven technologies and platforms will be a welcome addition to our line at Bell Micro, expanding our reach into the communications, military, industrial automation and transportation verticals.”

Kontron’s full product portfolio is now available through Bell Microproducts. Please call 1-800-800-1513.

About Bell Microproducts Inc.
Bell Microproducts (BELM.OB) is an international, value-added distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services, including storage systems, servers, software, computer components, and peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, the company is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs. From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts web site at www.bellmicro.com.

About Kontron
Kontron designs and manufactures embedded and communications standards-based, rugged COTS and custom solutions for OEMs, systems integrators and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: boards and mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs and displays, systems and platforms, and rugged, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance and has been a VDC Platinum Vendor for Embedded Computer Boards 5 years running. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com

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