SOURCE: SMART Modular Technologies

October 14, 2008 09:00 ET

SMART Modular Technologies Announces New TouchScape™ Open Frame Displays

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. ("SMART" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules, solid-state drives, embedded computing subsystems, and TFT-LCD display products today announced its new TouchScape line of open frame displays, which take advantage of the latest TFT LCDs, touch screens, and display interfaces. The new, RoHS compliant TouchScape displays were specifically designed to provide SMART's customers with the high levels of image quality and robustness required by the kiosk, ATM, and digital signage markets.

This initial release of the TouchScape product line includes the "O" and "E" families of open frame displays. Both series include 15", 17", and 19" TFT LCDs featuring a 4:3 aspect ratio. Targeted at new designs, the "O" series includes standard monitors (without touch) or touchscreen monitors with resistive, capacitive, SAW, or IR touchscreen options. For more demanding environments, these displays are available with impact-resistant protective glass as well as dust and moisture-resistant IP65 options.

Available with SAW and capacitive touchscreen options, TouchScape LCDs in the "E" series can be dropped directly into existing designs that use open frame displays with a plastic bezel, such as the 1537L, 1739L, 1938L, and 1939L products from Elo TouchSystems Inc. Priced competitively with the Elo products, SMART's "E" series offers the advantage of enhanced resistance to fluid and dust intrusion, which is a key feature for improving the display's durability and longevity.

"The display subsystem is a critical aspect of our customer's products," stated Joe Kotas, SMART's Vice President of Business Development for Display and Embedded Products. "In the TouchScape series, SMART has combined outstanding image quality, reliability, and performance with a robust touchscreen interface that will stand up to the industrial demands of long-term, high-usage applications such as a kiosk, ATM, or signage deployments. Whether using the 'E' series in existing designs or the 'O' series for new applications, our customers will be able to select from a variety of display and touchscreen technologies and options to achieve the solution best suited for their needs."

Summary of Product Specifications

The TouchScape "O" series of 15", 17", and 19" displays include:

--  TFT LCDs
    --  4:3 aspect ratio
    --  Contrast ratio ranging from 300:1 to 800:1
    --  Brightness ranging from 250 cd/m2 to 300 cd/m2
--  Touchscreen options
    --  No touchscreen
    --  5 Wire Resistive touch
    --  Capacitive touch
    --  SAW touch
    --  IR touch
--  Physical
    --  IP65 (dust and water resistant) options are available
    --  3mm and 6mm impact-resistant protective glass is optional
--  Touchscreen controller interface
    --  USB 2.0
--  Warranty
    --  3 years parts and labor

The TouchScape "E" series of 15", 17", and 19" displays include:

--  TFT LCDs
    --  4:3 aspect ratio
    --  Contrast ratio ranging from 300:1 to 800:1
    --  Brightness ranging from 250 cd/m2 to 300 cd/m2
--  Touchscreen options
    --  No touchscreen
    --  Capacitive touch
    --  SAW touch
--  Physical
    --  Form and fit compatible with Elo 1537L, 1739L, 1938L, and 1939L
        models
    --  Plastic bezel
    --  IP65 (dust and water resistant) capable
    --  Impact-resistant glass is optional
--  Touchscreen controller interface
    --  USB 2.0
--  Warranty
    --  3 years parts and labor

SMART will showcase its Embedded and Display products at booth #325 at KioskCom to be held in New York, New York, from October 15-16, 2008.

About SMART

SMART Modular Technologies is a leading provider of memory products, offering more than 500 standard and custom products to top-tier OEMs in the computer, industrial, networking, and telecommunications sectors. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash in various form factors. Through its subsidiary, Adtron Corporation, SMART offers high performance, high capacity solid state drives for enterprise, defense/aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. SMART's Display and Embedded Products Group designs, manufactures and sells thin film transistors (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) solutions to customers developing casino gaming systems as well as embedded applications such as kiosk, ATM, point-of-service, and industrial control systems. SMART's presence in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management worldwide. More information on SMART can be obtained at www.smartm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release, that are not statements of historical fact, including any statements that use the words "will," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends" or similar words that describe the Company's or its management's future plans, objectives, or goals, are "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include those related to the Company's business strategies and product plans, the timing of product and sample availability, and the market for the Company's products.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the post-closing integration of the businesses and product lines of SMART and Adtron, production or manufacturing difficulties, competitive factors, new products and technological changes, fluctuations in product prices and raw material costs, dependence upon third-party vendors, customer demand, changes in industry standards or release plans, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2007, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended November 30, 2007, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended February 29, 2008, and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 30, 2008. Such risk factors as outlined in these reports may not constitute all factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statement.

The Company operates in a continually changing business environment and new factors emerge from time to time. The Company cannot predict such factors, nor can it assess the impact, if any, from such factors on the Company or its results. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Joy Donohue
    SMART Modular Technologies
    (978) 805-2164
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