SOURCE: SMART Modular Technologies, Inc.

April 04, 2005 09:00 ET

SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. Announces Its New Display Products Group

SMART Leverages Its Supply Chain Management, Engineering, and Manufacturing Expertise as Well as Its Newly Acquired TFT-LCD Flat Panel Display Technology to Provide a Competitive New Product Line

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 4, 2005 -- SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has launched its Display Products Group in order to quickly and cost-effectively deliver thin film transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display (LCD) solutions to customers developing casino gaming systems as well as embedded applications such as kiosk, ATM, point-of-sale, and industrial control systems. The new Display Products Group will benefit from the technical and engineering expertise of the LCD development team based in Korea and the sales, operations, procurement, purchasing, manufacturing, and engineering expertise of SMART employees based in the United States and around the world.

"With our Display Products Group, SMART is uniquely positioned to manufacture and deliver complete end-to-end TFT-LCD solutions to our U.S. and global customers," said Kiwan Kim, Vice President of the Display Product Group for SMART. "We have significant competitive advantages, especially in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, product lead time, delivery, and customization."

SMART's TFT-LCDs benefit from advanced engineering, including an industry-leading analog-to-digital scalar board, which can be configured across a range of performance levels and input sources. Custom systems are available, such as those with special timing modes and functional support for gaming, amusement, and entertainment applications. Manufacturing will take place at SMART's state-of-the-art 130,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, which is equipped with a Class 10,000 clean room and on-site operations, manufacturing engineering, and development engineering support. As part of SMART's long-range planning process, the facility was specifically designed to enable fast ramp up of additional capacity.

"SMART's Display Products Group already has strong relationships with major LCD suppliers and existing relationships with key component suppliers," noted Kim. "Although this is a new product group for SMART, the team in place has already established the trusted industry relationships, the technical expertise, and the operations know-how required to successfully launch this new product line."

SMART will showcase and demonstrate its display products at stand #1703 at the National Indian Gaming Association convention and tradeshow held in the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, during April 12-13.

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. With manufacturing facilities, design centers, and sales offices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, SMART provides its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply chain management. Through its affiliate, Estecom Co., Ltd., SMART offers analog-to-digital controller boards for Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD) applications in the gaming and industrial markets. More information on SMART can be obtained at http://www.smartm.com.

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