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January 20, 2004

From Ampro Computers, Inc.

CoreModule 420 delivers 4 serial ports, video, and Ethernet

Contact Name: Paul Wcislo
Contact Email: pwcislo@ampro.com
WebSite: http://www.ampro.com/html/CoreModule_420.html


Ampro Computers, Inc., the inventor and 
leading supplier of PC/104 and EBX single board computers for non-backplane 
embedded systems, today announced the CoreModule 420 PC/104 single board 
computer (SBC) as the next step in its roadmap that keeps 486-based 
embedded systems in production through 2010. Manufacturers of medical, 
military, transportation and industrial systems are not forced into 
expensive re-design and qualification projects for high-performance CPUs 
now that Ampro has a simple resolution to their 486 end-of-life (EOL) 
notices. The new CoreModule 420 is the best value for space-constrained 
embedded applications that require four serial ports (two of which support 
RS485), 10/100BaseT Ethernet, and video on a single board. See details at 
http://www.ampro.com/html/CoreModule_420.html 
 
"The PC/104 market continues to demand long lifecycle embedded PCs 
compatible with processors that left the desktop 10 years ago," said Paul 
Rosenfeld, CTO of Ampro. "Because of the wave of 486 EOL notices from SBC 
vendors, thousands of embedded OEMs worldwide must re-qualify a new CPU 
solution or re-design systems that they had expected to build unchanged for 
years. The CoreModule 420 addresses the 486 PC/104 SBC demand with extra 
serial ports and general-purpose I/O normally not found in a single PC/104 
module." 
 
The CoreModule 420 is specially designed to be a migration product. The I/O 
addresses and IRQ mappings allow it to be easily configured to match the 
setup of many different legacy solutions. The memory hole is configurable 
to enable the use of legacy PC/104 (ISA bus) peripheral cards originally 
used with 386 and 486 systems having very small memory configurations. 
Ampro has also designed in 768kB of on-board Flash memory which is 
accessible to the user and bootable, which means that some types of 
applications do not require additional Flash memory in the system in the 
form of CompactFlash or DiskOnChip. Finally, with on-board Ethernet and 
video, two RS232/485 ports, and two more RS232-only ports, the CoreModule 
420 also replaces up to three cards in a PC/104 stack. 
 
Pricing and Availability 
The CoreModule 420 is priced at under $400 in single quantities, and under 
$300 each in moderate volumes. The CoreModule 420 is available today for 
evaluation and qualification, with production volumes available in 60 days. 
 
About the CoreModule 420 
The CoreModule 420 PC/104 single board system is based on ST 
Microelectronics' STPC Atlas microprocessor running at 133 MHz. CoreModule 
420 provides four RS232 serial ports, two of which support RS485, along 
with eight general-purpose I/O (GPIO) pins, EPP/ECP parallel port, one USB 
1.1 port, PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, floppy and Ultra/DMA 33 IDE 
disk interfaces, 10/100BaseT Ethernet interface, and a high-resolution 2D 
video controller with CRT and TFT flat panel interfaces. CoreModule 420 
provides 64MB soldered SODIMM DRAM along with a bytewide socket for a 
DiskOnChip 2000 bootable flash drive and Type II CompactFlash socket. 
 
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. The EnCore family is a 
Computer-on-Module (COM) which 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 LittleBoard 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, 
LittleBoard and Little Board are trademarks of Ampro Computers, Inc. All 
other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their 
respective owners. 
 
Media Contact:: 
Paul Wcislo 
Ampro Computers, Inc. 
San Jose, CA 95138-1007 
+1 408-360-4324 
pwcislo@ampro.com