LONDON Kontron is the only European company to gain Platinum status in VDC's 2004-2005 vendor rating in the 'embedded boards' section.
According to Kontron, market researchers, VDC, has made several changes in their evaluation and awards methodology, which they believe are substantial improvements over the previous practice. Due to the wave of industry consolidation, more companies now offer broader product lines that spanned the three previous separate categories – slot single board Computers, embedded motherboards, and PC/104 family modules.
VDC has now decided to only award Platinum and Gold status in a single, all-encompassing category 'embedded boards' ranging from computers-on-modules, mezzanine cards/carriers, PC/104, embedded motherboards to slot SBCs and embedded CPU blades.
As more board categories are now included in the evaluation making more firms eligible for an award, Kontron believes this actually makes achieving Platinum or Gold status more difficult than it had been in the past.
VDC asked survey respondents to identify, from a list of twenty-five, the five non-technical criteria that they considered to be most important when selecting a board vendor. Respondents were then asked to identify up to five board vendors, and to rate each of these vendors on each of the 5 previously-selected 'most important' criteria on a scale of 1 to 5.
The most important criteria selected were: reliable, long-lived products, price, product availability/delivery, technical support and experience/relationship with vendor.
Hannes Niederhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Kontron, said, “We are extremely proud to receive Platinum status in this year's VDC Board Vendor Awards ” especially with the new criteria and tougher standards VDC has implemented. This is an honor and testament to Kontron's focus and dedication to its customers of providing the highest level of customer satisfaction and highest quality in engineering and service while offering a complete range of products.”