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Ampro extends availability of 486 SBCs

Posted: 25 Sep 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ampro computers? coremodule 400? pc/104 system? 486 cpu? single board computer?

Ampro Computers Inc.'s CoreModule 400 PC/104 single-board computer (SBC) features a 486-based PC/104 CPU, extending the life of 486-based PC/104 systems in the market by up to 10 years or more, the company said.

"The PC/104 market has been shaken by the recent obsolescence of key 486 processors that account for the bulk of PC/104 CPU shipments", said Paul Rosenfeld, Ampro's CTO. "Thousands of embedded OEMs worldwide have been forced to re-qualify a new CPU solution, or in some cases, redesign products they expected to build unchanged for years."

"Embedded developers using PC/104 CPUs, particularly in the medical and military markets, depend heavily on long, well-managed product lifecycles. That is why we believe the CoreModule 400 may be the most important PC/104 development of the last five years," explained Rosenfeld.

The SBC contains an STPC Atlas 133MHz microprocessor from STMicroelectronics, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interfaces, and a high-resolution 2D video controller with CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces. It also provides an on-board 64MB SODIMM DRAM with a bytewide socket for a DiskOnChip 2000 bootable Flash drive and a Type II CompactFlash socket.

Also provided are provides two RS232 serial ports, EPP/ECP parallel port, one USB UHCI port, PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, and floppy and Ultra/DMA 33/66 IDE disk interfaces.

The CoreModule 400 will be priced at under $400 in single quantities, and under $300 each in moderate volumes.

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