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Small embedded PCs gain 2.6 Linux upgrade

Jan 24, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

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.

Left to right: ReadySystem ATX, 2U, and 1U
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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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