Rugged PCI-104 CPU Breaks the 1 GHz Barrier

Ampro Tackles Extreme Vibration, Temperature, and Corrosion for the

Smallest Applications

Apr 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Ampro Computers, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampro Computers, Inc., a
 leading supplier of standards-based computer systems, single board
 computers (SBCs), and computer-on-modules (COMs), shatters the
 previously-impenetrable 1 GHz barrier for rugged PC/104-size modules while
 remaining true to form factor standards. In order for military, avionics,
 transportation, and industrial system manufacturers to leverage existing
 enclosures while upgrading performance, Ampro's new 1 GHz CoreModule(TM)
 800 achieved a number of technological breakthroughs in fitting a complete
 CPU subsystem with I/O, PCI- 104 bus expansion, and network interfaces
 without violating the required 3.550" x 3.750" (90 x 96 mm) board outline.
 Featuring the 1 GHz Intel(R) Celeron(R) M 373 processor from -40 degrees to
 +85 degrees C without a CPU cooling fan on a 0.120" thick PCB with optional
 conformal coating, CoreModule 800 defines "rugged" for applications that
 insist on the highest reliability available within the most confined spaces
 and harshest environments where failures are not tolerated.
     "The rugged design heritage at Ampro has created a masterpiece in the
 CoreModule 800," said Joanne Mumola Williams, president and CEO of Ampro.
 "Whether operating under an aircraft wing, attached to the side of a
 locomotive, or mounted behind the display of a military tank, the
 CoreModule 800 is the next in a long line of rugged PC/104 CPUs that system
 OEMs and integrators have relied upon since Ampro invented the stackable
 PC/104 CPU in 1991."
     The 1 GHz CoreModule 800 joins the existing 800 MHz Celeron M
 configuration to give developers a choice of performance, power
 consumption, and price points that best suit a particular application. Up
 to 1 GB of DDR 333 RAM is supported, along with (2) RS-232/422/485 serial
 ports, (2) USB 2.0 ports, Intel(R) 82541 Gigabit Ethernet, integrated
 graphics with LVDS LCD support, IDE, a shared parallel / floppy port, PS/2
 keyboard and mouse interface, and AMI BIOS. Bus expansion is provided by
 the standard PCI-104 connector (PCI bus). For use with off-the-shelf PC/104
 (ISA bus) modules, Ampro offers MiniModule(TM) ISA, which contains a
 PCI-to-ISA bridge. For product information, please visit the CoreModule 800
 product page on Ampro's Web site.
     QuickStart Kits for these products include cables, I/O board with
 PC-style connectors, 512MB DDR RAM, plus device drivers and Board Support
 Packages (BSPs) for Windows(R) XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, QNX(R),
 VxWorks(R) and a full Linux(R) 2.6 distribution.
     The PCI-104 specification is managed by the PC/104 Consortium
     Pricing and Availability
     The 1 GHz CoreModule 800 PCI-104 module is available within 30 days.
 Prices for the 800 MHz and 1 GHz models range from $800's to $1,000's in
 production quantities.
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     About Ampro Computers, Inc.
     Ampro Computers, Inc. is a 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 and EPIC Express standards. Ampro offers the ReadySystem,
 ReadyPanel, and MightySystem Computers as complete turnkey industrial
 computer solutions, ETX and XTX Computer-on-Modules, PC/104-compatible
 CoreModule CPUs and MiniModule I/O expansion products, EBX form factor
 LittleBoard single-board computers (SBCs), EPIC form factor ReadyBoard
 SBCs, and Mini-ITX form factor MightyBoard SBCs. For more information about
 Ampro Computers, please visit
     NOTE: AMPRO is a registered trademark and CoreModule, LittleBoard,
 Little Board, MightyBoard, MightySystem, MiniModule, ReadyBoard, ReadyPanel
 and ReadySystem are trademarks of Ampro Computers, Inc. All other
 trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective

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