Kontron´s microETXexpress-PM is ultra compact, yet powerful

FREMONT, CA -- April 4, 2006 -- Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, today announced the launch of the microETXexpress-PM, a "micro" version (95mm x 95mm) of Kontron´s ETXexpress product family that represents the smoothest transition both from legacy to future technologies for compact embedded applications. The ultra compact format allows microETXepxress to be used in applications that don´t have sufficient room for ETX or the larger ETXexpress computer-on-modules.

Built around Intel® Pentium® M and Celeron® M processors combined with the Intel® 855 GME chipset, the microETXexpress-PM module is a slimmed down version of the ETXexpress-PM module. It is designed with the ETXexpress connectors to deliver the highest proven data transfer rates, for 6x USB 2.0 and Serial ATA in addition to PCI, IDE, and 10/100Base-Tx Ethernet. The microETXexpress-PM supports up to 1GB of DDR-SODIMM and features an Intel® Extreme Graphics2 video controller for LVDS flat panel and CRT output for resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) and QXGA (2048 x 1536) respectively. Future microETXexpress modules are planned and in development, these will offer 2 PCI Express lanes and up to 4 Serial ATA ports, which ensures that microETXexpress solutions create an additional level of scalability for ETXexpress based solutions without requiring extensive carrier board redesign.

Kontron anticipates having sample microETXexpress-PM modules available by the May with prices starting at $390 in small quantities. Kontron is showing this new COM product and others during this week´s Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California, at the McEnery Convention Center (booth #536).

Extending COM Express to Include a "Micro" Form Factor
Kontron will initiate a second round of COM Express standardization with the PCI Industrial Manufacturers´ Group (PICMG) to include a "micro" version along with the Basic and Extended form factors. The PICMG standardization process calls for full discussion and time for appeals by members, so it will be at least the end of the year or early 2007 before an updated standard would likely be officially released. To learn more about the microETXexpress product family and the proposed updates for COM Express, contact a local Kontron office.

About Kontron:
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the automation, test and measurement, telecom, oil and gas, public safety, medical, military, aerospace, gaming and entertainment, and energy 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, human-machine interfaces and mobile rugged computers. Kontron employs more than 2,300 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 Premier member in the Intel® Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit .

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Kontron America - Silicon Valley

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Kontron America

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