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Rugged PC/104 CPU clears 1GHz barrier

Posted: 12 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rugged PC/104? CPU subsystem? PC/104 modules?

CoreModule 800 from Ampro

Ampro Computers Inc. announced it has shattered the 1GHz barrier for rugged PC/104-size modules while maintaining compliance to form-factor standards.

The company said its new 1GHz CoreModule 800 has succeeded in fitting a complete CPU subsystem with I/O, PCI-104 bus expansion and network interfaces without violating the required 90-by-96mm board outline. This enables military, avionics, transportation and industrial system manufacturers to leverage existing enclosures while upgrading performance.

Featuring the 1GHz Intel Celeron M 373 processor from -40C to 85C without a CPU cooling fan on a 0.120-inch thick PCB with optional conformal coating, CoreModule 800 defines "rugged" for applications that insist on the highest reliability available within the most confined spaces and harshest environments where failures are not tolerated, the company said.

'A masterpiece'
"The rugged design heritage at Ampro has created a masterpiece in the CoreModule 800," said Joanne Mumola Williams, president and CEO of Ampro. "Whether operating under an aircraft wing, attached to the side of a locomotive or mounted behind the display of a military tank, the CoreModule 800 is the next in a long line of rugged PC/104 CPUs that system OEMs and integrators have relied upon since Ampro invented the stackable PC/104 CPU in 1991."

The 1GHz CoreModule 800 joins the existing 800MHz Celeron M configuration to give developers a choice of performance, power consumption and price points that best suit a particular application. Up to 1Gbyte of DDR 333 RAM is supported, along with two RS-232/422/485 serial ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Intel 82541 GbE, integrated graphics with LVDS LCD support, IDE, a shared parallel/floppy port, PS/2 keyboard and mouse interface, and AMI BIOS. Bus expansion is provided by the standard PCI-104 connector (PCI bus). For use with off-the-shelf PC/104 (ISA bus) modules, Ampro offers MiniModule ISA, which contains a PCI-to-ISA bridge.

Support bundle
QuickStart Kits for these products include cables, I/O board with PC-style connectors, 512Mbyte DDR RAM, plus device drivers and Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, QNX, VxWorks and a full Linux 2.6 distribution.

The 1GHz CoreModule 800 PCI-104 module is available within 30 days. Prices for the 800MHz and 1GHz models range from $800s to $1,000 in production quantities.

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