Intel Honors Kontron with Partner of the Year Award

At the 2006 Intel(R) Communications Alliance Congress in Arizona, USA, Kontron AG was honored as the “ICA Partner of the Year 2006″. The Intel Communications Alliance is Intel’s partner program for embedded computer manufacturers, in particular in the telecommunications sector. Worldwide, the alliance has more than 200 members, four of them holding premiere status (Kontron, Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Radisys).

In honoring Kontron with this distinction, Intel has selected Kontron as its most important embedded industry partner for fiscal year 2006. The citation of merit is based on the outstanding growth, technology leadership and innovative power Kontron has attained within the embedded computer industry.

“It is a great honor, to be named “ICA Partner of the Year”, says Hannes Niederhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Kontron AG. “This award underscores the leading role we play in the embedded industry and the importance of alliance with Intel for innovative technologies of the future. Thanks to the strategic ICA partnership, Kontron has access to Intel’s future innovations before they are actually released,” explained Niederhauser.” Enormous progress has also been made thanks to the definition of new standards, which are now also being pursued by other embedded computer firms.”

Only recently, on the occasion of publishing its quarterly results, Kontron once again increased its revenue and earnings projections for the current fiscal year. The company is forecasting that it will significantly surpass the envisioned revenues of EUR 345 million (2005: EUR 300 million) and the projected operational results (EBIT) of EUR 26 million (2005: EUR 22.6 million).

About the Intel Communications Alliance
The Intel Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers and solutions providers who share a common vision on the convergence of computing technologies. The member companies within the Alliance are committed to the development of modular, standards based building blocks, platforms, and solutions based on Intel technologies, processors, products, and services. The availability of these standards -based modular building blocks and solutions offer the market greater choice, faster time to profit, and the opportunity to innovate using modular building blocks from multiple levels of integration – silicon, software, boards and complete systems.

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 communications, automation, test and measurement, transportation, medical, military, aerospace 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 1,900 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 the only European based Premier member in the Intel(R) Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.