Kontron's Embedded Platforms Provide Thales GateSync System Wireless Connectivity Solution for Airlines and Airport Authorities

GateSync supports multiple global high speed wireless protocols for fast, secure transmission of essential data or multimedia content

Seattle, Washington and Poway, California - Kontron today announced its partnership with Thales, a leader in In-flight entertainment and connectivity systems, to design and manufacture the Enhanced Terminal Wireless LAN Unit (eTWLU) for the company's GateSync system. The Thales GateSync system is a high-performance wireless ground connectivity solution for airports and airlines. The eTWLU, a critical element of the systems onboard networking, is a small sealed ARINC-763 compliant wireless transceiver that supports multiple high speed wireless protocols allowing the GateSync system to be deployed at airports throughout the world. The system enables airlines to wirelessly load and offload content and data while an aircraft is on the ground. The GateSync system will be on display in the Kontron booth #1222 and in the Thales booth #1401 at the APEX EXPO, September 12 - 15, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.

The Kontron eTWLU features the high performance PowerPC processor architecture. In order to ensure maximum connectivity throughput and reliability to off-aircraft networks the Kontron eTWLU is integrated with multiple radios -- two 802.16-2006 WiMAX radios supporting 10MHz channels operating from 5.725 - 5.875 GHz, a single 802.11a/g Wi-Fi radio, and a GPRS/EDGE/HSPA-capable GSM radio. The multi-radio approach maximizes the aircraft's ability to communicate with ground networks. Also, an internal GPS receiver reports equipment locations to the GateSync network operations center (NOC) and software management system.

"Kontron designed the eTWLU for maximum aircraft flexibility and network compatibility. When deployed as a stand-alone device, it delivers connectivity for interactive command and control and file transfer for system data exchange," said Andy Mason, Business Unit Manager, Mil Aero Products Group at Kontron. "When used in conjunction with the Thales TopSeries IFEC system, the eTWLU supports a broadband connection to enable the delivery or updates of IFE multimedia content. Critical to the deployment, the integration was designed with COTS products in a flight-ready chassis that fits within the footprint specified by ARINC-763."

"GateSync gives airlines fast and secure wireless transmission capabilities that enables them to optimize ground operations while providing increased passenger personalization to enhance their flying experience. The eTWLU is a key component to our overall solution and we are pleased to be working with Kontron," said Alan Pellegrini, Managing Director for the Thales In-flight Entertainment business. "

GateSync has been thoroughly field tested at major airports and verified by major equipment manufacturers and several airlines, and will soon be deployed.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of Euros13.1 billion with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. www.thalesgroup.com.

For more information on the Thales In-flight Entertainment business visit: www.thales-ifec.com

About Kontron

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 30% of its employees in Research and Development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world's embedded computing platforms. Kontron's product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, helps create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.

Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com/

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