Tailored for Field-Deployed Professionals Working in Challenging
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., March 27, 2002 - Kontron Mobile Computing, Inc. (OTC BB: KMBC), today introduced the ReVolutionTM -- a notebook and tablet PC in one, with the added benefits of ruggedness, upgradability and integrated wireless communications capabilities.
The newest addition to Kontron´s full line of mobile computers for field-deployed professionals, the convertible ReVolution is a first in rugged computing. With a quick flip of the display, the ReVolution can be used as a notebook in an office environment, for example, or as a tablet or handheld for all-weather data acquisition or other applications outdoors. SwitchItTM, Kontron´s rugged, 180-degree custom display hinge, allows the ReVolution to convert from a notebook configuration to a touch screen tablet in seconds.
"The ReVolution is backed by our decade-plus of experience in designing rugged, mobile computers for users who require more than consumer-grade PCs can deliver," said Dale Szymborski, president, Kontron Mobile Computing. "With our extensive knowledge of customers working in defense, public safety, utilities, heavy industry and other challenging computing environments, we´re pleased to introduce a powerful, rugged, convertible PC that´s truly designed for them."
The ReVolution will be available during the second half of 2002. Specific details about availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.
"In talking with our customers, we´ve learned that tablet computers tend to fall short as key-typing data input devices and notebooks do not excel as point-and-click field computers," Szymborski added. "So, we designed the first-ever, rugged, convertible notebook. The introduction of the ReVolution creates a new category of computing devices."
Features of the ReVolution include:
· Integrated wireless communications technology for the field-mobile platform. The ReVolution features embedded Bluetooth technology for wireless PAN connectivity, enabling users to connect to cell phones, airport Internet kiosks, printers, PDAs and more. It also features optional integrated CDPD, CDMA or GSM for wireless WAN connectivity and Spread Spectrum wireless LAN (802.11b) connectivity.
· World-class ruggedness. With a full magnesium construction design, it is tested to U.S. military and NEMA standards for resistance to shock, vibration, water, temperature and dust. The ReVolution can take punishment that cripples ordinary, consumer-grade laptops and notebooks.
· Powerful processing. At the heart of the ReVolution is Kontron´s new QuickSilver CPU module with a 1.06 GHz (or higher) Intel® Pentium® III Processor-M. The QuickSilver CPU module comes standard with 128MB SDRAM upgradeable to 768MB and operating system support for Windows 98, NT 4.0, ME, 2000 and XP.
· Impressive upgradability and modularity. The ReVolution features upgradable CPU modules, memory, hard drive capacities and peripheral modules. A SunLight Readable transflective display is available as an option, as is an optional I/O Expansion Stick allowing user-defined input/output devices. Two front accessible bays house one or two 3.5-hour batteries, or one battery and a DVD, CD-ROM, CD-R or floppy drive.
A leading supplier of rugged, mobile computing equipment, Kontron Mobile Computing also offers portable desktop computers and modular, in-vehicle data servers. For more information, visit Kontron Mobile Computing online at www.kontronmobile.com, or phone the company toll-free at 1-888-343-5396.
About Kontron Mobile Computing, Inc.
A Minnesota corporation, Kontron Mobile Computing, Inc. (formerly FieldWorks, Inc.), has designed, manufactured and marketed rugged computers for a variety of industries and applications worldwide since 1992. It also provides product customization, integration and support services. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., with sales, servi
ce and manufacturing locations worldwide. It is traded on the U.S. Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the ticker symbol KMBC.
Kontron Mobile Computing is the mobile computing affiliate of Kontron Embedded Computers AG, Munich, Germany.
About Kontron Embedded Computers AG
Kontron Embedded Computers AG, Munich, Germany, is the 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, test and measurement, and encryption security 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 900 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.
Forward-looking statements in this news release, if any, are made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain important factors could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements, including the impact of changing economic or business conditions, the impact of competition, the availability of financing, the success of products in the marketplace, other risk factors inherent in the computer industry and other factors discussed from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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