SMART Modular Technologies Targets Cost-Sensitive Markets with TouchScape™ I Series Open Frame Displays

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NEWARK, CA, May 5, 2009 - 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 the availability of its TouchScape I Series displays. Designed with advanced image inversion electronics, the new I Series products allow customers to use lower-cost twisted nematic (TN) TFT-LCDs for many applications that currently use more expensive, wide-viewing-angle TFT panels. The new TouchScape displays provide customers with more options to address cost pressures in kiosk, gaming, ATM, and digital signage deployments.

When a traditional TN TFT display is viewed from below, light areas become dark and dark areas become light. Known as "grey scale inversion," this type of distortion effectively renders traditional TN TFT displays unsuitable for many applications that would be viewed from below, forcing OEMs to use high-cost, wide-viewing-angle TFT LCDs instead. SMART engineers designed the new TouchScape I Series displays to address this problem, by using advanced electronics and techniques to compensate for grey scale inversion. With the I Series displays, OEMs can realize cost savings while still achieving the image quality required by their application.

"We expect these new TouchScape products to provide a 12% to 15% cost savings compared to displays that use wide-viewing-angle TFTs," noted Joe Kotas, SMART’s Vice President of Business Development for Display and Embedded Products. "OEMs can now choose from TouchScape displays that use standard TN TFTs, inverted TN TFTs, or wide-viewing-angle TFTs, all with identical physical, electrical, and software interfaces. This wide range of options provides customers with much more flexibility for meeting cost and performance objectives."

Available in 19" and 22" sizes, the TouchScape I series displays are available with impact-resistant glass, surface acoustic wave (SAW), and capacitive touchscreen options. The 19" display features a 4:3 aspect ratio while the 22" display offers a 16:10 aspect ratio. Both versions feature a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 typical brightness. The RoHS-compliant I Series LCDs are compatible with SMART 19" and 22" TouchScape E Series displays as well as the 1939L and 2239L product families from Elo TouchSystems, Inc.

Sampling now, the I Series TouchScape 19" and 22" industrial quality displays are designed for long-life, high-usage applications where quality and reliability are critical. Supporting USB 2.0 and RS232 touchscreen controller interfaces, the new displays are IP65 capable, so they offer resistance to dust and water damage.

SMART will showcase its line of embedded and display products at booth #919 at KioskCom to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 6-7, 2009. Additional information regarding SMART’s embedded and display products can be found here

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 transistor (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 here

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Joy Donohue
SMART Modular Technologies
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