Datasound Laboratories Offers 386 CPU Support for Five Years

10/1/2004 - Datasound Laboratories Ltd (DSL) has announced it is to offer a complete range of 386 performance platforms with a guaranteed 5 year life span. For volume applications it is offering a rapid turn around bespoke design service employing those same parts.

The 386 CPU has been a popular choice for many OEMs over the years. However, with the desktop PC market directly affecting processor engines and CPU cards within the embedded market, OEM's were forced to migrate to Pentium or higher performance platforms. This is not because the application demands it, but because the 386 CPUs and support chip sets are no longer manufactured.

DSL is one of the UK's leading suppliers of custom and standard form factor solutions and through its relationship with the Taiwanese CPU chip provider DM&P is able to meet the 5 year requirement for both 386 CPUs and the support chip sets.

Derek Carpenter, managing director at DSL said: "This has meant that OEMs have been forced to bear the costs of unplanned (re)development and the effects can be far reaching. By offering a guaranteed 5 year availability, OEM's are able to extend the life of their current product range and provide the necessary breathing space for structured evolution to the future needs of their expanding client base."

About Datasound Laboratories Ltd
DSL manages product design from concept through prototyping, and through the complete life of its client's products. Thus component availability and obsolescence issues, which would normally impact production schedules, are seamlessly resolved so that clients reliably receive product on time, every time. Our design team have almost a century of cumulative experience within the industry and in excess of a decade of project design over numerous vertical markets, including utilities, telecommunications, marine, medical, measurement and military.

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