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ADLINK, LiPPERT Embedded Computers Anticipate Majority Position in Modular Computing Market

Objective of combined companies is to become industry leader through advancements in technology and service

(posted 03/28/2012)

ADLINK Technology, a trusted global source for embedded building blocks and application-ready platforms, is combining with recently acquired LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH to become the foremost provider of modular computing products and lead the accelerating growth of the modular computing market. According to market intelligence provider VDC Research, the worldwide market for computer-on-modules (COM) alone is expected to grow to approximately US$883MM by 2015.*

Established in 1987 and located in Mannheim, Germany, LiPPERT has upwards of 40 employees who offer predominantly R&D and technical experience in the design and manufacture of quality embedded PC systems for rugged environments. LiPPERT promotes its products with the well-known LiPPERT brand through established sales networks in vertical markets that require high-quality, modular computing products for critical applications such as automation, transportation, medical, and defense.

ADLINK, based in Taiwan, has more than 17 years experience in the embedded computer segment. The company has approximately US$170M annual revenue and a wide range of product offerings, with particular emphasis on COM Express™ and the Extreme Rugged™ Ampro by ADLINK™ product line resulting from ADLINK’s previous acquisition in 2008 of Ampro Computers.

"Leveraging LiPPERT's solid design methodology and process will help ADLINK enhance the overall quality of our embedded PC products and more effectively apply application-specific design to a variety of environment-critical markets; the companies have an incredible synergy with respect to production, costs, market development, and product comprehensiveness,” explained Jim Liu, ADLINK CEO. “With the addition of LiPPERT's technical team and the unique value of Lippert’s Enhanced Management Technology (LEMT), ADLINK can better support its European customers and increase its global market share in module computing."

Peter Lippert, founder and CEO of Lippert Embedded Computers, will become the Vice President and General Manager in charge of ADLINK’s Global Module Computing Product Segment, which covers the LiPPERT by ADLINK, Ampro by ADLINK, and COM Express product lines. The LiPPERT by ADLINK product line strengthens ADLINK’s PC/104, COM, and embedded motherboard offerings.

"Initially, nothing will change at LiPPERT; the products will continue to be manufactured, or, Made in Germany,” said Daniel Yang, ADLINK President. “ADLINK will see many advancements with this acquisition in terms of our technical services and relationships with trading partners in Europe. We have the resources to support expanded customization services for existing and new customers in Europe, and¾with advanced technology from LiPPERT and the worldwide salesforce of ADLINK¾we are confident that the new company is positioned to quickly become the dominate player in the modular computing space.”

* VDC Research Executive Summary, November 2011, Mezzanine Cards / Computer-On-Modules

About ADLINK Technology
ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express®-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and Computer-on-Modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc., ADLINK also provides a wide range of Extreme Rugged and Rugged Single Board Computers, Computer-on-Modules and Systems under the brand name Ampro by ADLINK. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.

ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485, and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, and a Strategic Member of the AXIe Consortium. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).

About LiPPERT Embedded Computers
LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH specializes in designing and building ultra-compact Embedded PCs, with customer applications in the areas of communications, electronic gaming, medical devices, industrial computers and multimedia technologies. LiPPERT has extensive long-term experience in the design and production of high technology and high-quality Embedded Systems, especially for deployment into rough environments. Complete system solutions as well as custom-specific boards can be developed and manufactured within a short time frame. Our services include hardware and software design using the latest methodologies. Time-to-market is greatly reduced with our bring-up service. Long-term availability of all products is assured with respect to functionality and interfaces.

We are a certified ISO 9001:2008 company and attach great importance to the quality of our products. All processes are documented and can be reproduced if necessary. Our product revision management assures safe and stable use for customers with approval-critical applications such as electronic gaming machines or medical devices.

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