Ampro Computers says it has “re-introduced” its line of small form-factor, x86 bench-top and wall-mount PCs based on Epic SBCs (single-board computers) and PC/104 expansion modules. The “ReadySystem” line is now available with Linux 2.6 pre-installed, or, starting in Q2, with embedded Windows OSes.
Ampro markets ReadySystems as complete bench-top and wall-mount PCs. The systems include one of the company's three ReadyBox enclosures, along with one of its three Epic form-factor SBCs. Processor options range from Intel's 400 MHz Celeron to a 1.4GHz Pentium M.
ReadySystems support up to 1GB of DRAM, and come with a 40GB hard drive preinstalled with a 2.6-series Linux kernel and Fedora Core 3 filesystem. CompactFlash storage options are also available. Beginning in Q2, Ampro will additionally offer options of Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, and Windows CE 5.0, it says.
Ampro offers three ReadySystem models:
- ReadySystem 1U — this lowest profile version of the system packages an EPIC form-factor SBC in an 8 x 7 x 1.75 inch (203 x 180 x 44mm) enclosure. Optional rack-mount ears allow installation in standard computer racks, the company says.
- ReadySystem 2U — the medium profile system measures 7 x 6 x 3.5 inches (180 x 152 x 88mm), and is also available with rack-mount ears. In addition to an Epic form-factor SBC, the 2U model includes expansion slots for up to two PC/104, PC/104-Plus, or PCI-104 expansion cards. It also includes “convenient customizable I/O panels,” Ampro says.
- ReadySystem ATX — this version of the system includes an integrated ATX power supply. It measures 11 x 7 x 4.5 inches (280 x 180 x 115mm). Like the 2U model, it is based on an Epic SBC, with support for up to two PC/104 expansion modules.
CEO Joanne Mumola Williams stated, “ReadySystem products provide a complete, flexible, yet inexpensive solution.”
Ampro first announced ReadySystem models based on its SBCs in September of 2004.
ReadySystems are available now, at unspecified prices.
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