CompactPCI Card provides 16 high-speed serial connections.

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With 3U height, RocketPort cPCI serial card provides up to 16 RS-232 or RS-422 connections from one compact PCI expansion slot within industrial computers. Card conforms to PICMG 2.0 Revision 3.0 specification for CompactPCI expansion cards within PCI industrial computers.

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Comtrol Announces the RocketPort® CompactPCI Card

Highest Density 3U CompactPCI Serial Card in the Industry

MINNEAPOLIS - June 12, 2003 ... Comtrol Corporation, the leading U.S. provider of multiport serial-to-Ethernet device connectivity and management products, announced today the availability of the industry's first 16-port CompactPCI serial card with a 3U height. The new RocketPort CompactPCI (cPCI) 16-Port card provides up to 16 high-speed RS-232 or RS-422 connections from a single compact PCI expansion slot within industrial computers. The card conforms to the PICMG 2.0 Revision 3.0 specification for CompactPCI expansion cards within PCI industrial computers. Builders of these sophisticated systems will now be able to enjoy the same industry-leading technology that has propelled Comtrol to the forefront of the personal computer device connectivity market.

Stephen Newbegin, I/O communications, networking, and telephony product manager for industry-leading Kontron America said, "The CompactPCI platform is designed for reliability and Comtrol is known for always having highly reliable serial products. It is great to see Comtrol's intelligent high-performance/high-reliability products teamed up with the highly reliable CompactPCI bus." Newbegin continued, "As a distributor of Comtrol products and an industry-leading manufacturer of CompactPCI systems, Kontron is proud that Comtrol used our CompactPCI systems for development of their cards."

"Kontron convinced us that many of their customers needed the power that our serial technology can provide," said Comtrol's president and COO Lee Stagni. "We are excited about entering this new market."

For more information about the new RocketPort CompactPCI multiport serial card, visit For more information about Comtrol's other RocketPort multiport serial cards or enterprise connectivity solutions, contact Comtrol at 800-GO-ROCKET or visit Comtrol's Web site at

About Comtrol Corporation
Comtrol Corporation, based in Minneapolis, is a leading global provider of device connectivity, data communications, and enterprise integration software technologies. The company's DeviceMaster® and RocketPort products include in-server serial expansion cards, Ethernet-attached device networking edge servers, programmable application edge server appliances, and application software. For additional information, visit the Comtrol Web site at or call 800-926-6876.

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