Emerson Network Power Introduces Fast, Flexible and Affordable Customization of Embedded Motherboards

Nuremberg, Germany. [March 1, 2011] – The ability to specify the exact features and form factor required in an embedded motherboard comes within reach of every product designer with the launch of the innovative RapiDex™ board customization service from Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™.

Emerson Network Power is introducing the RapiDex service at the Embedded World exhibition being held in Nuremberg, Germany, 1-3 March. The Intel® Atom™ processor is the first to be supported, with other Intel embedded processors being added during 2011. Users of the RapiDex service specify the processor, memory, I/O and connectors and boards are built to the exact dimensions desired for ease of mounting in custom enclosures.

“Services offered to customers by embedded suppliers and other independent third parties that are capable of streamlining both the design and production process are increasingly becoming competitive differentiators across the embedded marketplace,” said Richard Dean, director, Embedded Hardware & Systems Practice, VDC Research Group. “Emerson Network Power, which is making several strategic investments to develop an innovative portfolio of services to be marketed and sold through a dedicated channel, is introducing the RapiDex service at a point in time when worldwide customer demand for such services is also increasing.”     

“Unlike conventional embedded board customization services, Emerson’s RapiDex was designed from the ground up to enable boards to be delivered in timeframes that were never possible before. At the same time, motherboards designed using the RapiDex service benefit from the same manufacturing quality and product warranties as every other Embedded Computing product from Emerson Network Power,” said Brian Brown, vice president and general manager, Embedded Services, Emerson Network Power. “The ability for a design engineer to specify boards that are tailor-made to their needs without the high cost and volume commitment normally associated with custom motherboard development is a giant step forward.”  

“Designers who are rapidly bringing new applications to Intel’s embedded processors are looking for innovative solutions in the way embedded motherboards are specified and built,” said Joe Jensen, general manager of Lower Power Embedded Products Division, Intel Corporation. “With solutions such as Emerson Network Power’s RapiDex service, developers using Intel embedded processors will not have to compromise on their hardware specification.”

Innovations in board design technology and manufacturing processes have enabled Emerson Network Power to drastically reduce the front-end costs for custom boards. Typical customization engagements today require open-ended, non-recurring engineering fees and significant volume commitments. With Emerson’s RapiDex service, customers simply pay a small manufacturing set-up fee to receive first article boards.

A simple specification procedure and a new Emerson Network Power manufacturing process enable fast execution of customer requests. Customers receive first article boards in as little as four weeks from order.  On approval of these first article boards, customers can order volume shipments with a low minimum order quantity of only 100 units. Unit prices are competitive with prices of equivalent standard motherboards.

For additional information about the RapiDex service and about embedded computing technology from Emerson Network Power, visit http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/EmbeddedComputing.

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About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™ from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. For more information on Emerson Network Power’s embedded computing solutions, including ATCA®, COM Express®, CompactPCI®, embedded box PCs and motherboards, VMEbus and the RapiDex™ board customization service for original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators in the telecommunications, industrial automation, aerospace/defense and medical markets, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/EmbeddedComputing. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and tools and storage businesses. Sales in fiscal 2010 were $21 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

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