Company News:ADLINK and Kontron Team Up to Deliver New microETXexpress Formfactor

ADLINK and Kontron Team Up to Deliver New microETXexpress Formfactor

Germany - Taiwan February 13, 2006 - Kontron, the world leader in Embedded Computer Technology, today announced that ADLINK Technology, will join Kontron in supporting and promoting Kontron's latest Computer-on-Module form factor initiative, microETXexpress.

Kontron introduced the microETXexpress, a Computer-on-Module (COM) form factor, last November. This new form factor, measuring just 95 x 95 mm, closely follows the already mainstream PICMG COM.0 COM Express specification, released during the second half of 2005. Kontron and ADLINK have, in the meantime, recognized the need in the marketplace to further downsize the current COM Express form factor while maintaining its feature set. With the only difference being a smaller board size, the microETXexpress will be technically identical to COM Express and will be interchangeable with existing COM Express designs. ADLINK and Kontron will work intensively within the PICMG COM Express sub committee to have the new 95 x 95 form factor included as an extension to the existing PICMG COM.0 COM Express specification.

This renewed cooperation between Kontron and ADLINK over an embedded form factor will again cover combined brand marketing, shared use of trade names, and will ensure compatibility of microETXexpress branded products. Earlier last year the two agreed to jointly promote ETXexpress

"ADLINK's collaboration with Kontron over standards will provide large and small manufacturers with a reliable foundation to quickly bring high performance and feature rich COM-based products to the market." "Together with Kontron, we will take this fast growing market segment of standardized core modules for customized designs to a whole new level," states Henk van Bremen, Product Director of Embedded Computing for ADLINK Technology.

"To have an industry leader like ADLINK Technology participate in our microETXexpress promotion, will ensure strong brand recognition in the embedded marketplace" says Dirk Finstel, CEO Sales & Marketing, Kontron Embedded Modules. "Cooperation will ensure that micoETXexpress and ETXexpress will rapidly become as well accepted as Kontron's own open standard, ETX, is today", concludes Finstel.

Kontron is actively looking for more market leaders to collaborate over microETXexpress to create broad market acceptance and assure fast market penetration and growth.

The ultimate goal of the microETXexpress form factor is to build a PCI Express based COM on the smallest possible form factor. However, the momentary objective of microETXexpress is also to facilitate PCI-only designs on the same form factor in a technological transitionary period. Although microETXexpress' pin definition will completly follow COM Express, the actual inclusion of the PCI Express signals will not be mandatory. Why, then, the need for yet another form factor based on PCI, apparently alongside ETX? The answer is simple: the ETX form factor, based on PCI/ISA, was defined more than 5 years ago and its pin-out does not allow for modern peripheral signals such as SATA, multiple USB2.0, LPC, etc. Although ETX will continue on for many years supporting legacy applications, microETXexpress will offer a richer, more up-to-date feature set on an even smaller sized board. microETXexpress will provide an upgrade path to the future and at the same time offer scalability by allowing mixing and matching of PCI-only and PCI with PCI Express based designs on a single carrier board. Both Kontron and ADLINK have high expectations for the success of microETXexpress based products.

ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI ExpressR-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and Computer-on-Modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc., ADLINK also provides a wide range of Extreme Rugged and Rugged Single Board Computers, Computer-on-Modules and Systems under the brand name Ampro by ADLINK. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.

ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485 and TL9000 certified, is a Premier Member of the Intel®Embedded Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, and a Member of the AXIe Consortium. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).

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