Date : Wed, 11 Mar 1987 12:42:02 EST
From : "John S. Fisher" <FISHER@rpicicge.bitnet>
Subject: Ampro's latest "Little Board"
Does anyone know anything more about the apparently newly announced
"CMOS Little Board/PC" from Ampro? Since I heard only good things
about their Z80 Little Board, this new one may be a reasonable
upgrade from my venerable H89. What I really what to know is
1. Is this thing fully IBM-PC compatible, whatever that means?
2. Does its V40 cpu mean I can continue to use my beloved CP/M80
software? (Isn't the V40 the schizophrenic chip with both
8088 and 8080 personalities?)
3. How much for the board and its options?
The one and only ad I've seen for the unit claims the following:
o Mounts on a 5.25" drive (like all Little Boards).
o 5 volt only and at 3 watts(!).
o Keyboard, speaker, parallel and 2 RS232c ports.
o PC bus (unpowered?).
o SCSI for hard disks and FDC for all densities of 5.25, 3.5" floppies.
o 768K ram.
o Boots PC-DOS (but so does the 80186-based Little Board and it only
runs the MS-DOS generic applications).
o Optional 4-mode video controller, mono, Hercules, CGA and "high-res
CGA" (= EGA?).
o Clock with battery backup