Ampro Speeds Embedded Application Deployment with ReadySystem Platform

9/20/2004 - Ampro Computers, Inc., the inventor and leading supplier of PC/104, EBX and EPIC single board computers, announced a family of complete, integrated, low cost Linux-based computer systems that enable embedded OEMs to rapidly deploy products to market. Each Ampro ReadySystemTM includes a ReadyBoardTM single board computer, desktop or wall-mount enclosure, power supply, RAM and 40GB hard disk drive with a complete Linux® distribution pre-installed. Processor options range from a 300MHz Via Eden ESP 3000 CPU to a 1.4GHz LV Intel® Pentium® M 738 (Dothan core) with 2MB of L2 cache.

"Ampro ReadySystem is a ideal solution for OEMs considering use of the embedded Linux operating system", explained Paul Rosenfeld, chief technology officer of Ampro. "ReadySystem is a complete, off-the-shelf, Linux-based system solution. OEM customers need only add application software."

The heart of every Ampro ReadySystem is a ReadyBoard single board computer. Ampro offers 12 ReadyBoard models across five major product families. ReadyBoard 550 (with Via Eden CPUs) and ReadyBoard 700 (with Intel Pentium III and Celeron CPUs) offer a full complement of I/O with up to 512MB of SDRAM. The new ReadyBoard 800 provides three processor options including the 600MHz ULV Celeron M, 1.1GHz LV Pentium M and 1.4GHz LV Pentium M 738 (Dothan core) with DDR PC2700 memory, USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet ports. The ReadyBoard 560 and ReadyBoard 710, also announced recently, offer low cost, low power consumption CPUs (1GHz Via Eden ESP 10000 or Intel 650MHz Celeron respectively) with a complement of advanced I/O including four USB 2.0 ports, dual Ethernet (both 10/100BaseT and Gigabit Ethernet ports) and built-in high performance AGP 8x graphics with hardware MPEG2 and MPEG4 decode.

For each ReadySystem, the ReadyBoard SBC with 256MB RAM is installed in an Ampro ReadyBox enclosure. This 280mm x 200mm x 115mm chassis features a 150w ATX power supply and space to incorporate one or two PC/104, PC/104-Plus or PCI-104 expansion modules. Each ReadySystem also includes a 2.5 inch 40GB "removable" hard disk drive pre-loaded with a complete Linux distribution based on the 2.4 kernel.

The Ampro Linux distribution includes a full root file system, X-free graphics package, and GNU-based development tools. Drivers for all ReadyBoard I/O, including the video controller, are included and pre-installed. The system boots to a Linux command prompt at power-on. A version based on the 2.6 kernel will be available in Spring, 2005.

Ampro's special embedded BIOS in each ReadyBoard SBC offers extended boot options, including booting from a USB device (such as a CD or floppy), and a Managed Boot Agent, enabling booting from an appropriately configured network server with PXE or DHCP support.

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Pricing and Availability
There are eleven models of ReadySystem with prices starting below $950 in single quantities with OEM pricing in the mid $700 range in moderate quantities. ReadySystem will be available in evaluation quantities in October with full production starting in November, 2004.

About ReadySystem
Each ReadySystem offers an outstanding complement of standard I/O.

The ReadySystem 55 and ReadySystem 70 series support up to 512MB of SDRAM and provide 4 RS-232 serial ports (two of which have RS-422/485 capability), 4 USB 1.1 ports, dual 10/100BaseT Ethernet controllers, AGP 4X VGA interface, ECP/EPP parallel port, AC '97 audio (line in, line out, microphone in), PS/2 keyboard & mouse input. Support is provided for Ultra DMA 100 IDE controller. The parallel port may be configured as a floppy disk interface. Eight digital I/O lines are available. Each system also offers (D)STN, TFT or LVDS flat panel interfaces. (The digital I/O lines, floppy interface and flat panel interface require I/O panel customization to bring the cables outside the enclosure.)

The ReadySystem 56 and ReadySystem 71 support up to 1GB DDR PC2100 DRAM and provide 4 RS-232 serial ports (two of which have RS-422/485 capability), 4 USB 2.0 ports, one 10/100BaseT Ethernet and one 10/100/1000BaseT (Gigabit) Ethernet controller, AGP 8X VGA interface with hardware MPEG2 and MPEG4 decode, ECP/EPP parallel port, AC '97 audio (line in, line out, microphone in), PS/2 keyboard & mouse input. Support is provided for Ultra DMA 100 IDE controller. The parallel port may be configured as a floppy disk interface. Eight digital I/O lines are available. Each system also provides either TFT or LVDS flat panel interfaces. (The digital I/O lines, floppy interface and flat panel interface require I/O panel customization to bring the cables outside the enclosure.)

The ReadySystem 80 supports up to 1GB DDR PC2700 DRAM and provides 4 RS-232 serial ports (two of which have RS-422/485 capability), 4 USB 2.0 ports, one 10/100BaseT Ethernet and one 10/100/1000BaseT (Gigabit) Ethernet controller, Intel Extreme Graphics VGA interface, ECP/EPP parallel port, AC '97 audio (line in, line out, microphone in), PS/2 keyboard & mouse input. Support is provided for Ultra DMA 100 IDE controller. The parallel port may be configured as a floppy disk interface. Eight digital I/O lines are available. Each system also provides an LVDS flat panel interface. (The digital I/O lines, floppy interface and flat panel interface require I/O panel customization to bring the cables outside the enclosure.)

About Ampro Computers, Inc.
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, and recently co-invented the new EPIC standard. The EnCore and ETX families are rugged Computers-on-Modules (COMs) products which enable 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 and ETX, Ampro offers four product lines: PC/104-compatible CoreModule CPUs and MiniModule expansion products, EBX form factor LittleBoard single-board computers (SBCs), and EPIC form factor ReadyBoard SBCs. For more information about Ampro Computers, please visit http://www.ampro.com

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

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