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Entry-level PC/104 CPU for cost-driven embedded applications

13 March 2002 Computer/Embedded Technology

Ampro Computers has just introduced the CoreModule 4Gn PC/104-based single board computer (SBC). It provides entry-level functionality for embedded applications that require a low-cost x86 processor.

Like all CoreModule 4G series modules, it includes a high-integration 100 MHz 486DX4-compatible processor. It has 16 MB of onboard DRAM expandable to 48 MB, two RS232 serial ports (one with RS485 capability), bidirectional parallel port, EIDE interface to hard disk or CD-ROM drives and floppy support. It also includes a 32-pin bytewide socket with support for DiskOnChip 2000/Millennium devices. The CoreModule 4Gn is fully compliant with the PC/104 Specification, Version 2.3.

"Ampro now offers OEM designers a choice of available 486-based PC/104 modules based on price and functionality to fill their specific application needs," said Paul Rosenfeld, vice president of marketing for Ampro. "Now designers can purchase an off-the-shelf board that closely matches their design requirements."

The CoreModule 4Gn (along with its sister products, the CoreModule 4Ge with built-in Ethernet and CoreModule 4Gv with built-in video controller) also serves as an immediately available and highly compatible migration path for embedded designs using PC/104 modules based on the soon-to-be-discontinued AMD 486DX series of microprocessors. Ampro recently notified its customers that, while it will continue to supply AMD 486DX-based products through the middle of 2003, customers should start down the migration path as quickly as possible. Ampro is among very few PC/104 suppliers shipping migration products in volume today.

For further information contact Jaap Willemse, Electronic Products Design, 012 665 9700.





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