9/22/2003 - Ampro Computers, Inc., the inventor and leading supplier of CPU modules and single board computers for non-backplane embedded systems, introduced the CoreModuleTM 600 single board computer (SBC) to drive the next generation of rugged embedded applications, operating from -40°C to +85°C without a fan. The PC/104-Plus CoreModule 600 is a full-featured embedded computer using Intel's Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Celeron® processor with 256KB internal L2 cache. This announcement means that system OEMs who require 5- to 10-year product availability, extended temperature, and/or conformal coating for their rugged application now have a migration path from their earlier 486 and Pentium® PC/104 modules without having to sacrifice reliability by adding a fan to their system. See details at http://www.ampro.com/html/CoreModule_600.html.
"Ampro invented the PC/104 standard and co-founded the PC/104 Consortium to provide PC technology to the embedded systems market. By doing so OEMs reaped the benefits of long-term availability, low power dissipation, compact size, and high reliability under rugged conditions, which our military, medical, and industrial customers absolutely depend on," said Joanne Williams, president and CEO of Ampro Computers, Inc. "This time we have outdone ourselves in bringing Celeron® processors to this market without sacrificing size, power consumption, or compatibility with industry standards."
Ampro's CTO Paul Rosenfeld added, "Our engineering, quality, operations, and test departments have worked extremely closely together to design a very dense board which is manufacturable and testable in high volumes, and has the same high level of quality and reliability our customers have come to expect from Ampro over the past 20 years. The benefactors of their hard work are embedded systems OEMs who can now migrate up to Pentium® III-class performance without having to worry about how to get the heat from a 20 Watt processor out of their enclosures. This is a very significant milestone in the history of the PC/104 market."
Intel's Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Celeron® processors, based on the Tualatin core, offer embedded systems OEMs reduced power dissipation, twice the internal cache (256KB), and faster front-side bus speed compared to the previous-generation Socket 370 processors based on the Coppermine core. With Intel's power rating of only 4.2 Watts, which is 80% less than the 21.7-Watt rating of the Socket 370 Celeron at 366 MHz, the Tualatin-based ULV Celeron processor at 400MHz is ideal for the next-generation of high-performance PC/104-based embedded systems, where the degree of difficulty of the thermal design alone can make or break a project. This processor has much higher performance and lower power dissipation than the 266MHz Pentium MMX processor, so the CoreModule 600 is an ideal migration solution for OEMs with I/O-rich systems based on the older MMX processor.
Pricing and Availability
The CoreModule 600 will be priced at under $500 in single quantities, and under $400 each in moderate volumes. The CoreModule 600 is available in October for evaluation and qualification.
About the CoreModule 600
Each CoreModule 600 features the low-power 400MHz (Ultra-Low Voltage) ULV Celeron® processor, plus all the component subsystems expected in a state-of-the-art embedded PC board such as advanced networking and high performance graphics. The CoreModule 600 supports up to 256 MB of SDRAM, and up to 1GB or more flash memory by way of a Type II CompactFlash socket which is accessed as an IDE hard disk drive. Onboard peripherals include 10/100BaseT Ethernet controller and an advanced AGP 4X video controller with flat panel support for TFT and STN LCD flat panels and up to 32MB of Unified Memory Architecture (UMA) video memory. Other onboard controllers provide AC97 sound, two (2) USB ports, two (2) RS232 serial ports, and all standard PC architecture elements. A PC/104-Plus bus provides full PCI and ISA expansion capability using Ampro's high-speed I/O MiniModuleTM cards such as PC Card (for WiFiTM 802.11 wireless, etc.), IEEE 1394 FireWireTM, or USB 2.0.
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, CoreModule, MiniModule, and Little Board are trademarks of Ampro Computers, Inc.
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