ECHING, MUNICH -- Kontron AG, one of the world's leading providers of embedded computer systems, has once again generated a major design win in the telecommunications application area. As communicated by the company, a framework agreement has
now been signed with a major international telecommunications equipment provider entailing a total volume of around $70 million.
Kontron will supply the company with complete platforms for the latest so-called ATCA technology (Advanced Telecommunications Computing
Architecture) over the next five years. The new, high-performance ATCA technology is faster, more fault-tolerant, easier to maintain, and based
on a more cost-efficient standard technology than conventional backbone systems. All major telecommunications groups will adapt the
systems they have so far developed in-house to this new standard over the next few years. The total value of this technology within the
telecommunications area is estimated to be over $7 billion, with the embedded computer market share, which is relevant for Kontron,
standing at around 15%. Kontron has already signed up a number of major telecommunications industry customers for its extensive ATCA
product range. The start-up for the newly generated design win is slated for as early as the fourth quarter of 2008 with the field tests. The full
production volume - and consequently also sales volume - will be attained as from 2010, according to information provided by the company.