Kontron buys Dolch Computer Systems

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 7 March 2005. Kontron AG announced today that it has acquired Dolch Computer Systems, Inc. for an undisclosed cash amount from Siegel-Robert, Inc.

A leading developer of ruggedized computers and flat panel displays for harsh environment applications, Dolch will assume the Kontron name and operate as a business unit of Kontron America, Inc.

"We are very excited to have Dolch Computer Systems join the Kontron group," said Thomas Sparrvik, president and CEO of Kontron America. "Dolch is recognized as an industry leader in the gas and oil, test and measurement, and military market spaces. The integration of our mobile computing product lines will significantly enhance Kontron's product portfolio, as well as provide considerable strategic advantage in the embedded computing market."

Ranked number one in 1999 and 2002 by Venture Development Corporation, Dolch has delivered rugged, high quality, top performing notebook and multi-slot portable platforms to engineers around the world for over 27 years. In addition to portable computer platforms, Dolch offers display products designed with rugged touch screen technology, protected against shock and vibration and sealed to survive the harshest environments or situations.

"Kontron now has a complete offering of rugged OEM technologies and rugged mobile computers for military, telecommunications test & measurement, engineering data acquisition, oil & gas control & display, and public safety command & control customers," added Dale Szymborski, general manager of the Northern California Rugged Mobile and Module divisions. "With Kontron's vast array of embedded technologies and Dolch's ability to develop and deliver custom solutions, Kontron takes a leading position in providing rugged computing solutions."

A leading global embedded computer technology company, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement 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, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. For more information, see www.kontron.com.

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