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Eliminate the Headaches of Multi-Vendor Sourcing

By Ampro Computers, Inc.

Competitive pressures have long suggested using off-the-shelf board-level
computers to increase the efficiency of developing embedded system products.
Instead of “re-inventing the wheel” by developing and debugging an
embedded computer and porting a BIOS or RTOS, companies can focus on
developing applications specific hardware and software, resulting in fasttrack
development of highly differentiated, competitive end products.

The advantages of using off-the-shelf, board-level embedded computers
are further enhanced by utilizing an “embedded PC” architecture, which
combines well-known operating systems and tools with familiar hardware
components. Trying to piece together a solution for an application
can lead to challenges with integrating boards from different suppliers.

With two of the industry leaders now under one roof, OEMs can
eliminate the headaches caused by multi-vendor sourcing.

Products

Many of the benefits of standardization are due to mass production, as standardization results in far greater quantities of core modules than the dedicated designs of 10 years ago. A single core module today can be used in many different projects.

Software

Just as there have been numerous advances in the hardware technology,
similarly platform-level software technology has evolved.
Examples include operating systems such as Linux® 2.6, Windows®
XP Embedded, Windows CE 6.0 and VxWorks 6.x; filesystem technologies
such as journaling, encryption, flash memory management
and RAID; OS extensions such as virtualization, hypervisors and real-time performance; and protocol stacks for wireless communications,
multimedia, DRM, security, etc…

Because most OEM applications require more than what a desktop BIOS
offers, BIOS extensions are added that support the development and
deployment of embedded systems. Additionally, with a proven track
record of offering BIOS customizations, Ampro can meet a customer’s
unique requirements providing them with a competitive edge.

Ruggedness

Many commercial board manufacturers claim that they offer “ruggedized” products which give the impression of durability under tough conditions. The term “ruggedized” often refers to desktop grade designs which are screened at high temperatures, with high yield fallout. Do not be fooled by these claims. With a large customer base of Fortune 500 companies, Ampro understands that ruggedness should be inherent in the design.

In addition to specific size constraints, embedded systems must often meet stringent environmental factors including fanless operation either to eliminate or to protect the electronics from dust, dirt or moisture. To meet such requirements, Ampro offers single board computers and computer-on-modules designed and tested to comply with the three environmental profiles tabulated below.

Table 1: Environmental Profiles

Ampro rugged and extreme rugged products are designed from the ground up, not simply lot screened. In order to support extremes of shock, vibration, humidity and temperature, utmost care is given to component selection, circuit design, PCB layout and materials, thermal solutions and manufacturing processes. The Highly Accelerated Life Tests (HALT) are used to locate and correct weak spots in the design to assure a proven and reliable product is delivered to the OEM.

Global Manufacturing and Support

The joining of Ampro and ADLINK is also paying dividends for their customers in other ways. Ampro’s customers are able to take advantage of ADLINK’s low manufacturing costs, whereas ADLINK’s customers have Ampro’s extreme rugged expertise and resources available to them.

Finally, one of the most important factors for OEMs is now more accessible - support. With a complete global network, Ampro now has local support and RMA centers easily accessible worldwide. Recognizing the critical need for OEMs to maintain consistency throughout the life of their products, Ampro works tirelessly to ensure long-term availability and stable configuration of its board-level products.

Contact Information

Ampro Computers, Inc.
5215 Hellyer Avenue #110
San Jose, CA 95138 USA
408.360.0200 Telephone
408.360.0222 Fax
info@ampro.com
www.ampro.com