ATEN Merges Wellsyn Technology, Gains IPMI Technology
 

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, August 26, 2005 - ATEN International Co. Ltd., a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of advanced connectivity solutions and Wellsyn Technology Inc, an IC design company, each held the Board of Directors' Meeting today and passed the merger of both companies. ATEN is the surviving company and Wellsyn Technology is the dissolved company, as ATEN already owns 100% of Wellsyn Technology's stocks. The merger will proceed according to related securities law, and will become effective on September 26th, 2005. With this merger, ATEN will integrate Wellsyn Technology's advanced IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) technology and superior R&D, and is expected to begin providing leading IPMI solutions in Q3 of 2005.

With the completion of the merger, ATEN will not only gain Wellsyn Technology's patent rights, but will also acquire the entire R&D team and the IPMI core technology competence. As currently Wellsyn Technology is a provider of related products, such as iKVM/IPMI SoC, customized IPMI solutions and on board solutions to server companies, etc., thus following the completion of the merger, ATEN can launch IPMI related products and create a new profitable sales growth.
" Wellsyn Technology is the only national provider of IPMI SoC and owns leading IPMI 2.0 technology capability," said Eric Yu, Chief Financial Officer of ATEN International. "In addition, IPMI has the competitive advantage of cross platform management and the support of many international companies, including Intel, Dell and HP. We believe that this merger can assist ATEN in expanding the future development of our product lines, increase our technological development capabilities and further strengthen our cooperation with companies in different industries."

With the advancement in IT equipment, cross platform management capabilities are increasingly becoming the trend of new product developments. As a result, Intel, Dell, NEC, HP, and other companies jointly launched IPMI version 1.0, the Intelligent Platform Management Interface standard in 1998. From the IPMI version 1.0 to the version 1.5, and to the version 2.0 in 2004, IPMI is not only being used by more than 178 companies, but has also become the basic interface for cross platform management.

Yu further highlighted that in the new economy, the important issues that companies face include having to guarantee the continuous operations of the application system and having to significantly lower operational costs in order to maintain competitive advantage. As a result, it is inevitable that cross platform management capability will become the development trend of the future. Apart from servers, future IPMI applications include industrial control products, network equipments, telecommunication equipments, storage equipments, laptops, PDA, etc. This is also one of the reasons why ATEN believes in the future development of IPMI.

About the KVM Switch

KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) switches are control units that allow access to multiple computers from a single console. Before the development of KVM switches, the only way to control multiple computers from a single console was through a complex and costly network. Now, with the KVM switch, people can easily access multiple computers or platforms (from 2 to up to 4096) in a convenient, space saving and cost effective manner.


About ATEN


Established in 1979, ATEN International CO. Ltd. is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of cutting edge connectivity solutions for the IT industry and its computer users. Dedicated to the mission, "Contributing Knowledge - Creating the Future", ATEN provides customers with the most efficient, reliable, and user-friendly connectivity products to be found anywhere in the market. As competition within the connectivity market expands to meet the growing demand of businesses wanting to upgrade their PC and server management methods, ATEN continues to stay ahead. In addition to KVM switches, ATEN provides a diversified line-up of hundreds of data communication products, such as switch boxes, video splitters, interface converters, networking products, and IEEE 1394 connectivity products.


ATEN International distributes to the world connectivity market with offices in Taiwan, China, Belgium, Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit: https://www.aten.com

 
 
 
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