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Bell Microproducts to distribute Company’s extensive product portfolio


SAN JOSE, Calif., February 7, 2008 — Bell Microproducts Inc. (NASDAQ: BELM) today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with American Portwell Technology, Inc., a world-leading innovator in the Industrial PC (IPC) market and a member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance (Intel ECA) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Portwell, Inc.. The companies have entered into a joint agreement whereby Bell Microproducts will distribute American Portwell’s portfolio of embedded computer boards and systems, PICMG single board computers and backplanes, industrial computer chassis and systems and network security rackmount and desktop systems via its sales force.

By becoming a distributor of American Portwell Technology’s product lines, Bell Microproducts will provide its customers with an enhanced portfolio of IPC market offerings, such as the latest Intel-architecture based PICMG 1.3 system host boards (SHB) and backplanes, Intel multi-core technology based compact Mini-ITX boards and systems, cost-effective embedded computer boards, network security and acceleration cards and high bandwidth rackmount appliances for network/communication security. 

“We are excited to offer American Portwell Technology’s leading edge solutions to our customers, as we continually strive to provide them with the best technologies available,” says Chuck Kostalnick, vice president of Bell Microproducts’ OEM division. “Their superior embedded product portfolio will help us expand the range of value-added choices for the OEM customers we serve.”

“We chose to work with Bell Microproducts because of its established penetration into many of the major vertical markets,” notes Cliff Moon, American Portwell Technology’s vice president of sales and marketing. “This is an exciting opportunity for American Portwell,” he adds. “Bell Microproducts has an extensive network of sales personnel who service a diverse set of customers. This joint agreement will allow American Portwell to increase its presence in the channel markets.”

American Portwell Technology’s line of products is currently available through Bell Microproducts, please visit www.bellmicro.com or call 1-800-800-1513 for more information.

About American Portwell Technology
American Portwell Technology, Inc., is a world-leading innovator in the Industrial PC (IPC) market and a member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of IPC systems, embedded computer boards, communication appliance and Panel-PCs for both OEMs and ODMs. The company is located in Fremont, California. For more information about American Portwell’s extensive turnkey, and private-label branding solutions, call 1-877-APT-8899, email info@portwell.com or visit us at http://www.portwell.com

About Bell Microproducts Inc.
Bell Microproducts [NASDAQ: BELM] is an international, value-added distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services, including storage systems, servers, software, computer components and peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services.  An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.  In 2006, the company celebrated the sale of its 50 millionth hard disk drive, setting a significant industry milestone.
Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs.  From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions.  More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at www.bellmicro.com.  

Media Contact

American Portwell Technology
Susan Wei
Marketing Executive
American Portwell Technology, Inc.

Bell Microproducts
Dena Grigas
Lages & Associates
(408) 492-1470

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