CoreModule/386-II

Ultra-compact PC/AT-compatible, stackable module

CoreModule/386-II
Ultra-compact PC/AT-compatible, stackable module

 Includes all PC/AT motherboard functions:
- 25 MHz CMOS 386SX CPU
- Up to 16M bytes onboard DRAM
- 16-bit expansion bus

 Other built-in functions
- Dual serial and parallel controller
 Bootable "Solid State Disk"
 Watchdog Timer

 Ultra compact PC/104 form-factor:
3.6 x 3.8 inches (90 x 96 mm)

 Low power consumption (3.5 watts)

 Stackable PC/104 expansion

The CoreModule/386-II offers complete
PC/AT compatibility in a compact,
preconfigured module. Within just
14 square inches of space, the
CoreModule/386-II includes the
equivalent functions of a PC/AT
motherboard plus several additional
expansion cards.

Performance-critical embedded
applications that formerly required
chip-based custom designs can now
benefit from an off-the-shelf module
with the power of a 25 MHz 80386SX
CPU, along with hardware and software
standards like PC/AT and MS-DOS
compatibility.

The CoreModule/386-II is designed to
meet the demands of embedded systems.
through its extreme compactness, low
power consumption. +5V-only operation,
wide operating temperature range, and
high reliability.

*Configuration Flexibility*
The CoreModule/386-II can be used as
a macrocomponent, plugged into a
proprietary application board, or it
can be combined with Ampro's PC/104-
compatible MiniModule expansion
products to form compact, highly
integrated control subsystems. Multiple
modules can be stacked together without
the cost and space penalties of additional
mounting hardware, or they can be
separately mounted on a custom circuit
board.

*Solid State Disk Reliability*
One of the unique features of the
CoreModule/386-II is its byte-wide
memory device socket that is typically
used as a Solid State Disk (SSD),
substituting EPROM, Flash EPROM, or
nonvolatile RAM (NOVRAM) memory
devices for conventional disk drives.
Using Ampro's SSD Support Software,
any DOS-based-softwareincluding the
operating system, programming
languages, drivers, and application
programscan easily be run from SSD
without modification.

*Enhanced BIOS*
Another very important feature of the
CoreModule/386-II is its inclusion of
enhanced BIOS services and functions
that meet the unique requirements of
embedded microcomputer system
applications. A partial list of these BIOS
enhancements appears in the
specifications section of this data sheet.

SPECIFICATIONS

AT MOTHERBOARD FUNCTIONS

 80386SX CPU, 25 MHz

 Connector for 80387SX math coprocessor
adapter

 System DRAM: 2M bytes directly surface-
mounted, or 4, 8, or 16M bytes via soldered
on DRAM module

 7 DMA channels (8237 equivalent)

 15 interrupt channels (8259 equivalent)

 3 programmable counter/timers
(8254 cquivalent)

 AT-compatible keyboard port

 Speaker port with 0.1 watt drive

 Real time clock with CMOS RAM
(MC146818 equivalent): requires external
3.0-3.6V battery (Tadiran TL-5242/W
or equivalent)

 Battery-free operation option

 Award ROM BIOS with Ampro extensions

ADDITIONAL ONBOARD FUNCTIONS

 Two PC-compatible COM ports with full
handshaking:

 One serial port 16C450 equivalent

 One serial port 16C550 equivalent with
16 byte data FIFOs

 Onboard generation of +9V for RS232C
signal levels

 Serial ports support RS232 (direct cabling)
or RS485 (via the Ampro RS485 Adapter)

 Parallel printer port with bidirectional data lines

 One byte-wide memory socket:

 Usable with 32K-1M byte EPROMs,
32K-512K Flash EPROMs, 32K-512K
SRAMs, or 1M-2M Eurom DiskOnChip

 RTC backup battery converts SRAM to
NOVRAM

 Onboard programming of 12V Flash
EPROMs

 Software-controlled write protect

Configurable as 32K-, 64K-, or 128K-byte
window, addressed in the range
D0000-EFFFFh

 2K bit configuration EEPROM, with 512 bits
available for OEM use

 Onboard programmable watchdog timer

BIOS ENHANCEMENTS

 Solid State Disk (SSD) support: substitutes
EPROM or NOVRAM devices for normal
floppy drives; SSDs may coexist with standard
floppy and/or hard disk drives

 SCSI services: supports DOS-based system
operation using a wide variety of SCSI drives:
adds a unique SCSI/BIOS function to simplify
development of custom SCSI applications;
SCSI and IDE hard disks may coexist

 Watchdog timer support: initializes optional
onboard watchdog timer; adds BIOS function
for use by application software

 Serial console option: substitutes an ASCII
terminal or other serially-connected device for
the standard AT keyboard and display

 Battery-free boot: allows the system to boot
and operate without a battery (or when the
battery fails)

 Serial loader: allows download of executable
code from a remote device prior to system boot

 EEPROM access function: provides high level
access to the 512-bit nonvolatile OEM data area
in the configuration EEPROM

 OEM "hooks": execute custom code prior to
system boot; allows system customization
without BIOS modification

MECHANICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL

 Size: 3.6 x 3.8 x 0.9 in. (90 x 96 x 23 mm)

 PC/104 Bus: 16-bit double-stackthrough

 Power requirement:

 +5V +/-5% at 690 mA (typical, includes
2M RAM)

 +12V required tor 12V-Flash device
programming

 Operating environment:

  0 to 70C temperature

 5% to 95%, relative humidity,
non-condensing

 Storage temperature: -55 to +85C

 Weight: 2.96 oz. (83 gm)

NOTE: Contact Ampro tor custom configurations
and extended temperature intormation.

ORDERING INFORMATION

When ordering, refer to the following, model numbers:

 CM2-3SX-K-74 Development Kit, CoreModule/386-II, 4M RAM

 CM2-3SX-K-75 Development Kit, CoreModule/386-II, 8M RAM

 CM2-3SX-K-76 Development Kit, CoreModule/386-II, 16M RAM

 CM2-3SX-Q-73 CoreModule/386-II, 2M RAM (Quantity Orders)

 CM2-3SX-Q-74 CoreModule/386-II, 4M RAM (Quantity Orders)

 CM2-3SX-Q-75 CoreModule/386-II, 8M RAM (Quantity Orders)

 CM2-3SX-Q-76 CoreModule/386-II, 16M RAM (Quantity Orders)

 C8L-XTP-Q-01 CoreModule cable set (2 serial, parallel, utility, and DC power)

 ACC-MCC-Q-06 80387SX math coprocessor carrier

CoreModule/3X6-II Development Kits include: CoreModule/386-II with either 4M-, 8M-, or
16M bytes RAM, DR DOS operating system, interface cable set (2 serial, parallel, utility, and DC
power), backup battery, math coprocessor carlier, technical manuals, utility software, and mounting
hardware. Quantity ordels include the CoreModule/386-II with your choice of either 2M, 4M, 8M,
or 16M bytes RAM and mounting hardware.

To make a development system, you install the CoreModule/386-II Dcvelopment Kit on a
CoreModule Development Chassis along with the MiniModule disk interface controller and display
controller of your choice.

Development Chassis

 EXP-CHS-K-71 CoreModule Development Chassis (110V)

 EXP-CHS-K-72 CoreModule Dcvelopment Chassis (220V)

The CoreModule Development Chassis includes a module carrier board (provides two headers for
stacking CoreModule and MiniModules), 50W power supply, 1.2M floppy drive, 2-slot backplane,
all appropriate interface and power cables, and technical manual.

Please contact your local Ampro representative or Ampro Sales Administration for ordering
information.

Last modified: Tue Sep 5 23:02:14 1995