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Kontron AG is a company that designs and manufactures embedded computer modules, boards, and systems. It offers cloud platform solutions, connectivity network platforms, a secure framework system for applications. Kontron is a leading vendor of industry-standard PCI, CompactPCI® and VME board-level solutions. The company also markets open platform communications servers, industrial-grade rackmount solutions, human-machine interface (HMI) systems, portable computers, embedded hardware, application-specific technology and custom-engineered solutions.

ECHING, Germany, 22 Jan. 2011. Parallel to AMD' (NYSE: AMD) launch of the AMD Embedded G-Series platform, Kontron announced that it will support the accelerated processing units (APUs) on three of the company's small form factor (SFF) embedded platforms. The new AMD Embedded G-Series platform integrates energy efficient processor cores and an advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) with support for DirectX 11 into a single APU.

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ECHING, Germany, 22 Jan. 2011. Parallel to AMD's (NYSE: AMD) launch of the AMD Embedded G-Series platform, Kontron announced that it will support the accelerated processing units (APUs) on three of the company's small form factor (SFF) embedded platforms. The new AMD Embedded G-Series platform integrates energy efficient processor cores and an advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) with support for DirectX 11 into a single APU.
Kontron is extending its small form factor portfolio of computer-on-modules, embedded motherboards, and single-board computers (SBCs) for high-performance multi-media content delivery applications.
The first available embedded Kontron product that will feature the AMD Embedded G-Series platform is a COM Express computer-on-module. This launch will be followed by a compact embedded motherboard and an ultra-small SBC.
With the support for OpenCL and Microsoft DirectCompute, parallel processing executed by the graphics core will speed up vector processing applications such as situational awareness and video surveillance required by the industrial automation, military, and medical markets.
'The new AMD Embedded G-Series platform extends our portfolio of small form factor embedded platforms for applications that require high graphics capabilities and low power consumption,' says Dirk Finstel, chief technology officer at Kontron. 'In addition to the kiosk market and professional gaming arena, the new capabilities of the AMD Embedded G-Series platform will enable even more applications in fields such as radar, sonar, and image recognition. This is an area where the advantages of the built-in GPU will result in considerable cost savings as opposed to comparable performance using a number of multicore processors. On top of this, we support OEMs with our cross platform middleware, Kontron Embedded Application Programming Interface (Kontron EAPI), that offers highly efficient hardware access and application migration to simplify the application development. This helps reduce OEMs research and development costs and time-to-market.'
'Kontron is a leader in embedded computing systems and its three new platforms that are based on the new AMD Embedded G-Series platform are feature-rich and efficient in both size and power,' says Richard Jaenicke, director, product marketing, AMD. 'By implementing a high-performance graphics processing unit in our new AMD Embedded G-Series platform to bring a vivid visual experience, we expect that many of Kontron's customers will find new and exciting applications from Kontron's three new embedded platforms.'
The AMD Embedded G-Series platform incorporates the APU plus a controller-hub designed specifically for the embedded market. Besides a single or dual core 64-bit x86 CPU based on new microarchitecture, the APU integrates a GPU, a Universal Video Decoder 3.0, memory and a PCI Express controller. With support for HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD and DivX (MPEG-4) plus DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 it features high-performance capabilities on a low power design. Dual independent displays are supported by a rich variety of interfaces, including DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI, as well as the embedded interfaces LVDS and VGA at a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 pixels. By supporting OpenCL and DirectCompute it enables developers to create highly dynamic multi-threaded data-parallel software applications for real-time pattern recognition in quality control, sonar or radar data analysis, video surveillance, or medical imaging applications like the detection of anomalies in 3D X-ray images.
For more information on Kontron COM Express computer-on-modules, visit:
http://www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/.
For more information on Kontron embedded motherboards, visit
http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/embedded+motherboards/.
For more information on Kontron single board computers, visit
http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/embedded+sbc/.

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The acquisition of Thales Group in Toulon, France by Kontron AG in Eching, Germany, strengthens Kontron’s position in the embedded market and expands its presence in France, says Norbert Hauser, vice president of global marketing at Kontron AG.

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ECHING, Germany—The acquisition of Thales Group in Toulon, France by Kontron AG in Eching, Germany, strengthens Kontron’s position in the embedded market and expands its presence in France, says Norbert Hauser, vice president of global marketing at Kontron AG.

Kontron, a maker of embedded computers, finalized its acquisition of Thales Computers in March. Both companies have U.S. offices, and are heavily involved in real-time embedded computing for military and aerospace applications. The new company is called

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Thales Computers specialized in long-term available embedded computer boards and systems based on VME and CompactPCI, as well as mezzanine cards and PowerPC technology. The acquisition of Thales Computers enables Kontron to extend its support to include Integrity, LynxOS, Red Hat Enterprise, ElinOS, QNX Neutrino, and other operating system software.

Kontron, as a result of the acquisition, also gains an increased regional presence, additional sales and market penetration, and in-depth know-how in the Power Architecture segment, which complements Kontron’s experience in Intel-based embedded computers.

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The Thales Computers facility in Toulon, France, has become Kontron Modular Computers SA.
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“Thales Computers is strong in the COTS [commercial off-the-shelf] military, aerospace, and transportation markets with expertise in reliable and rugged systems in hard real-time and deterministic mission-critical applications,” Hauser explains. “The overlap between product portfolios is accordingly low. Customers therefore benefit from a wider choice of products, since together both companies offer everything demanded by the VME, CompactPCI, and mezzanine card markets.”

The acquisition extends Kontron’s product and service offerings. “As an example, our newly introduced VITA 38 solution providing IPMI for VME multiprocessor systems will enable customers to remotely operate VME systems based on IPMI middleware in the same way as CompactPCI, MicroTCA, and AdvancedTCA systems,” Hauser explains. “Kontron has ruggedized switches on CompactPCI that can be combined with VME high-end computers in a hybrid system using the same IPMI interface.

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“Customers can combine PowerPC and Intel-based processor boards in one system depending on the computing and graphics needs. Customers who are using VME today and plan to migrate in the future to AdvancedTCA or MicroTCA, could do this smoothly without changing the existing established partnership with Kontron,” he says. “Also with the experience of ruggedization of boards and systems at Thales Computers we are able to offer these services for many of our standard and custom boards and systems.”

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The purchase extends Kontron’s staff with more than 100 people, a majority of whom are engineers, and is expected to increase revenues. Also, as a French company, Thales Computers has knowledge of and a position with French authorities regarding government-funded projects and business, Hauser notes.

Thales Computers S.A. is operating within Kontron under the name Kontron Modular Computers S.A. as a legal entity in Toulon, France, with its own profit and loss responsibility, says Hauser. “They also were appointed to become our global center of excellence for VME products, PowerPC technology, and ruggedized applications [for military, aerospace, avionics, and railway market segments].”

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For more information, visit Kontron America Inc. online at www.kontron.com.

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