Ampro Offers Additional Expansion I/O for SBCs and CPU Modules

11/24/2003 - Ampro Computers, Inc., the inventor and leading supplier of PC/104 and EBX single board computers for non-backplane embedded systems, announced additional I/O expansion capabilities for its Little BoardTM and CoreModuleTM single board computers (SBCs) and CPU modules. The four new MiniModuleTM A2D, MiniModule FPGA, MiniModule GPIO, and MiniModule UART product lines make it easy for embedded system manufacturers to build better products, faster. This announcement means that industrial, medical, military, and transportation OEMs have a single source of high-quality SBCs, CPU modules, and analog, digital, and peripheral I/O.

"Today, Ampro has substantially extended its leadership role as an embedded hardware and software solutions provider," said Paul Rosenfeld, Ampro's CTO. "Our long-lifecycle 486 through Pentium III embedded computers in PC/104, PC/104-Plus, and EBX form factors, coupled with our extensive I/O product line, provide flexible and complete solutions across a very broad range of OEM requirements. Ampro's dedication to supporting operating systems and device drivers makes us a natural one-stop shop for complete solutions."

Ampro features these analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, field programmable gate array (FPGA), general purpose I/O (GPIO), and UART serial port modules within its existing line of MiniModule PC/104 products. These products support I/O requirements up to 150 configurable input/output signals on a single module, which greatly reduces the size of PC/104 stacks for I/O-intensive applications.

About the MiniModule Family
MiniModule products supplement the I/O found on EBX-form-factor SBCs such as the Little Board 700 which features low-power Pentium® III and Celeron processors, as well as PC/104 and PC/104-Plus-form-factor CPU modules and SBCs such as the 486-based CoreModule 400 and the new CoreModule 410 and 600 products. MiniModules plug on top of the CPUs and SBCs using the industry-standard PCI and ISA buses in rugged, reliable PC/104 and PC/104-Plus connectors, yet plug in horizontally (rather than vertically like slot cards) to greatly reduce the height and mounting requirements of end systems. In addition to the new models, Ampro offers the MiniModule PCC III, MiniModule 1394, and MiniModule USB2 for high-speed I/O such as PC Card (for WiFiTM 802.11 wireless, etc.), IEEE 1394 FireWireTM, and USB 2.0, respectively. See details at

Pricing and Availability
All MiniModule products are available today, with prices starting below $100 in production volumes.

About Ampro Computers, Inc.TM Ampro Computers, Inc. is the leading global provider of modular embedded computing solutions for OEM applications. Ampro's mission is to provide time saving solutions for embedded systems designers that accelerate the product deployment process. Ampro pioneered the embedded PC industry creating the popular PC/104 and EBX standards. The new EnCore family enables designers to obtain all the benefits of an off-the-shelf CPU solution while maintaining the flexibility of a full custom design. In addition to EnCore, Ampro offers three product lines; PC/104-compatible CoreModule CPUs and MiniModule expansion products, and EBX form factor Little Board single-board computers (SBC). Ampro was awarded Electronique magazine's "Electron d'Or 2002" for subsystems for the EnCore M2 product. For more information about Ampro Computers, please visit

AMPRO is a registered trademark and EnCore, CoreModule, MiniModule, and Little Board are trademarks of Ampro Computers, Inc.

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