Ampro's Embedded Linux Software Development Certified by TimeSys

3/17/2003 - Ampro Computers, Inc., the inventor and leading supplier of CPU modules and single board computers (SBCs) for non-backplane embedded systems, announced that TimeSys Corporation has certified its Embedded Linux® OS and software development kit for use with the EnCoreTM 400, EnCore 500, and EnCore 700 CPU modules, as well as the new 486-based CoreModuleTM 400 PC/104-compatible SBC and Little Board P5v EBX-compatible SBC. Certification of embedded Linux gives system OEMs the confidence they need to get a small-footprint Linux running properly on commercial hardware complete with integrated GNU toolchains and all device drivers. Ampro's customers in medical, military & aerospace, industrial control, transportation, and instrumentation market segments save valuable time and get new products to market faster by using hardware and software which are tested extensively together.

"With a certified embedded TimeSys Linux SDK for our PowerPCTM, MIPS®, and most popular x86 boards, Ampro has successfully executed our strategy to offer OEMs the broadest base of commercial Linux-ready hardware in the industry," said Joanne Williams, president and CEO of Ampro. "We understand the critical importance of Linux to our customers, and have accordingly made the investment in device drivers and certification testing through our TimeSys partnership."

"The penetration of Linux into such a broad spectrum of applications shows that embedded Linux has truly come of age," said Larry Weidman, CEO of TimeSys Corporation. "Now Ampro's customer base can tap into our enhanced GPL Linux kernel, royalty-free Linux RTOS, and CPU and Network reservation technology, benefiting from the only embedded Linux distribution to guarantee resource availability under loaded conditions."

Additionally, TimeSys provides all the Linux tools needed for OEMs to create new value, such as the new TimeStormTM 2.0 integrated development environment, powered by Eclipse technology, for Linux and Windows-hosted cross-platform capabilities; TimeTrace®, a Windows-hosted target platform for event tracing, timing analysis and visualization tool; and TimeWiz®, a Windows-hosted real-time analysis and simulation tool. These tools integrate seamlessly with the TimeSys Linux SDK for all EnCore CPU modules, plus CoreModule 400 and Little Board P5v SBCs, and are available from TimeSys (www.timesys.com).

The EnCore 700 CPU module features 850MHz Low Power Pentium® III or 300MHz Low Power CeleronTM processors, high integration Intel 815EM chipset, up to 512MB SODIMM SDRAM, 2 serial, EPP/ECP parallel, floppy, and four USB UHCI ports, two EIDE drives, 10/100BaseT Ethernet and 2D/3D CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces.

The EnCore 500 CPU module features Pentium-based 266MHz Mobile Pentium processor, up to 256MB SODIMM SDRAM, 2 serial, EPP/ECP parallel, floppy, and four USB UHCI ports, two EIDE drives, 10/100BaseT Ethernet and 3D CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces.

The EnCore 400 CPU module features the 133MHz STPC® AtlasTM processor, up to 128MB SODIMM SDRAM, 2 serial, EPP/ECP parallel, floppy, and two USB OHCI ports, two EIDE drives, 10/100BaseT Ethernet and 2D CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces.

The CoreModule 400 PC/104-compatible SBC features the 133MHz STPC Atlas processor, 64MB SDRAM, Bytewide Socket, CompactFlash Socket, 2 serial, EPP/ECP parallel, floppy, a USB OHCI ports, two EIDE drives, 10/100BaseT Ethernet and 2D CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces.

The Little Board P5v EBX-compatible SBC features a 266MHz Mobile Pentium processor, up to 256MB SODIMM SDRAM, 512KB Level 2 Cache, CompactFlash Socket, 2 serial, EPP/ECP parallel, floppy, and two USB ports, two EIDE drives, 10/100BaseT Ethernet and 2D/3D CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces.

Ampro's QuickStart Kits sell from $695 to1,495, depending on the product, and are available immediately from Ampro. EnCore QuickStart Kits include CPU Module, RAM, ATX reference baseboard, EnCore Development Kit CD with TimeSys Linux SDK, drivers, design elements, development tools, QuickStart Guide and Reference Manual. CoreModule and Little Board Quick Start Kits include SBC with RAM, cable kit for complete I/O connectivity, and Documentation & Software Support CD with Linux SDK, drivers, development tools, QuickStart Guide and Reference Manual.

See details at http://www.ampro.com/html/Products.html

About TimeSys Corporation
TimeSys is a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java for the embedded systems market. Through complete software development kits design engineers can leverage certified, hardware-specific, single API Linux distributions, a complete range of Windows and Linux development tools and a full range of performance enhancements to develop advanced embedded systems. Its products support the full range of performance from non-real-time to deterministic hard real-time, and add unique reservations technologies that guarantee system response, even in overload conditions. TimeSys offers SDKs for more than 50 target platforms supporting 7 processor architectures and 24 unique processors. TimeSys technologies are utilized in a wide variety of industries and applications, from industrial/process control and consumer electronics to military and avionics. For more information about TimeSys, please visit http://www.timesys.com, send email to info@timesys.com or call 1-888-432-TIME.

About Ampro Computers
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 http://www.ampro.com.

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

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