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Apricot FT//ex

System Specifications

System Overview
Features and Benefits
Standard Features
Technical Specifications

Apricot reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice.

The information contained in these specifications was correct at the time of compilation.

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System Overview

As more organisations discover the benefits of workgroup computing, a strong demand has emerged for solid, high power systems that measure up to the role of a localised server. Drawing on considerable experience in networked systems, Apricot has produced the FT//ex to meet the new demand. This impressive floor standing tower system offers top level performance and cavernous fault tolerant storage capacity at a price to suit the cost conscious buyer.

Performance to Match All Expectations

The FT//ex is offered with three choices of processor ranging from the Intel 486DX2-66 to the Pentium-90 so that the correct cost/ performance mix can be matched to the job in hand. As you would expect, the initial choice of processor is not a limiting factor as each model can be upgraded at any time using the modular processor system.

Practicality By Design

The ingenious casing of the FT//ex offers complete access to all areas of the system for quick configuration and maintenance.

A large lockable side door opens to reveal the whole of the system interior, including the expansion slots and the drive connections. Meanwhile at the front of the system, a unique double-hinged door opens either left or right to allow full access to the eight 3.5" quick change drive bays, a further three 5.25" slots are concealed by another dual opening door panel.

Current Configuration, Future Potential

The FT//ex is a solid performer with the ability to keep on growing. Seven 32-bit EISA slots - two of them with VL Local Bus extensions - provide full compatibility with a wide range of high performance EISA and ISA peripherals.

Two drive size options are offered: 540Mb and 1Gb which may be ordered in various configurations to form reliable, performance drive arrays. The drives are connected to the integrated dual channel SCSI controller. This sophisticated sub-system has the potential to concurrently control up to 14 devices. One such device provided as standard is the dual-speed CD-ROM drive which is now an essential server item to access the many multi-user operating systems distributed by CD.

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Features and Benefits

Range of Performance Processors

The processor options for the FT//ex begin with the well-proven Intel DX2-66. At the high-end of the scale two versions of Pentium processor are offered, running at 60 or 90MHz. All models use a unique modular processor system for easy upgrading.

EISA & VL Local Bus Expansion

True PC server potential is offered by seven full-length EISA expansion slots. Each slot offers bus mastering facilities to intelligent peripheral boards so that transfer rates of up to 33Mb per second can be achieved. When using one of the optional EISA Ethernet controllers, this potential is exploited to the full to provide excellent network performance. All EISA slots are also fully compatible with ISA peripherals to allow access to the largest range of boards and controllers available. VL extensions provide two of the EISA slots with the ability to accept powerful graphic controller boards and other local bus options.

Dual SCSI Controller

The FT//ex is equipped with an advanced SCSI-II interface system centred around the Adaptec AIC-7770 controller. SCSI-II allows sustained data transfer rates of 10Mbytes per second to be achieved. The FT//ex provides two separate SCSI channels, each supporting up to seven standard SCSI and/ or new SCSI-II devices.

Memory and Cache Expandability

486 based models are equipped with 8Mb as standard, while the Pentium options arrive with 16Mb, both are expandable to 256Mb. Industry standard 36-bit SIMM modules are used throughout.

Multiple Drive Bay Configuration

The unique design of the FT//ex provides eight full-height 3.5" drive bays. Each of the bays features a quick release sledge onto which the drives are mounted to allow quick changeovers, especially when using the optional Fault Tolerant RAID system. Three 5.25" bays are provided to accommodate the CD-ROM and optional backup devices.

Dual Speed CD-ROM as Standard

A SCSI dual speed CD-ROM is provided as standard so that the FT//ex is ready to accept any of the multi-user operating systems now distributed on CD-ROM.

350W Power Supply

The massive expansion capacity and the resulting need for power is more than satisfied by the heavy duty, switched mode 350 Watt power supply.

High capacity, high speed hard drives

The SCSI-II architecture of the FT//ex provides compatibility with a large range of high capacity performance drives. To begin the configuration, Apricot provide two sizes of SCSI drive, 525Mb and 1Gb.

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Standard Features

Mass Storage

1.44Mb floppy drive
Selection of high speed SCSI hard drives and arrays


Local Bus Enhanced VGA graphics
1MB Video RAM


Seven full-length EISA 32-bit expansion slots
One half-length EISA 32-bit expansion slot (486 only)
Two VL Local Bus 32-bit slot extensions
Two RS232 serial ports
One bi-directional parallel port
One PS/2 compatible mouse port


14" or 17" low radiation monitors
Enhanced layout 102 keyboard
High resolution two button mouse

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Technical Specifications

Processor FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Type Intel 486DX2 Intel Pentium Intel Pentium
Clock speed (Internal) 66MHz 60MHz 90MHz
Clock speed (External) 33MHz 60MHz 60MHz
Internal cache 8Kb 2 x 8Kb 2 x 8Kb
Coprocessor Integral Integral Integral
Data/address bus 32-bits 64/32-bits 64/32-bits
CPU socket type 238-pin LIF 273-pin LIF 320-pin ZIF (Type 5)
iCOMP benchmark 297 510 735
Core logic chipset Opti 82C696 Opti 82C696 Opti 82C696


External Cache
FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Supplied 256Kb 256Kb 256Kb
Maximum 1Mb 1Mb 1Mb
Mapping Direct Direct Direct
Writing scheme Write back Write back Write back
Cache speed 15nS 15nS 15nS


FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Supplied 8Mb 16Mb 16Mb
Maximum 256Mb 256Mb 256Mb
Type 36-bit SIMM 36-bit SIMM 36-bit SIMM
Speed 70nS 70nS 70nS
Fitted RAM location SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets
Parity Checked Checked Checked
Sockets: total 4 8 8
free 3 4 4
Sizes supported:
bank0 - bank3
4, 16 & 64Mb 2, 4, 8, 16 & 32Mb 2, 4, 8, 16 &32Mb
bank0 & bank1 2, 8 & 32Mb


FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Size 128Kb 128Kb 128Kb
Type Flash ROM Flash ROM Flash ROM
Shadowable Yes Yes Yes


FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Controller S3 86C805i S3 86C805i S3 86C805i
Interface VL Local Bus VL Local Bus VL Local Bus
Location Expansion board Expansion board Expansion board
Video RAM: supplied 1Mb 1Mb 1Mb
Max NI resolution 1280x1024 (256 colours) 1280x1024 (256 colours) 1280x1024 (256 colours)
Max NI colours 16.8 million (640x480) 16.8 million (640x480) 16.8 million (640x480)


Available expansion
FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Slots: EISA full length 6 6 6
EISA half-length 1 0 0
VL Local Bus ext. 1 1 1
3.5" x full height removable media drive bays 7 7 7
5.25" half height removable
media drive bays
2 2 2


I / O Ports
FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Serial: quantity 2 2 2
connectors 1x9-pin, 1x25-pin D-SUB 1x9-pin, 1x25-pin D-SUB 1x9-pin, 1 x 25-pin D-SUB
Parallel: quantity 1 1 1
type Bi-directional Bi-directional Bi-directional
SCSI-II dual controller
max devices 14 14 14
max data transfer 10Mb/s 10Mb/s 10Mb/s
Keyboard type PS/2 PS/2 PS/2
Mouse type PS/2 PS/2 PS/2


Power supply
FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Rating (constant) 350W 350W 350W
Rating (peak) 436W 436W 436W
Type Switched mode Switched mode Switched mode
Voltage setting External switch External switch External switch
Voltage input range (AC) 100-120V & 200-240V 100-120V & 200-240V 100-120V & 200-240V
Freq. input range 47-63Hz 47-63Hz 47-63Hz
3.5" internal cables 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free)
5.25" internal cables 3 (2 free) 3 (2 free) 3 (2 free)
Max loads: +5V 43A 43A 43A
+12V 9A 9A 9A
-5V 1A 1A 1A
-12V 1A 1A 1A
External connectors IEC in IEC in IEC in


Floppy Drive
FT//ex 486DX2-66 FT//ex 560 FT//ex 590
Type / Capacity 3.5" / 1.44Mb 3.5" / 1.44Mb 3.5" / 1.44Mb
Controller Embedded Embedded Embedded


All Model Details

Hard Drives 540Mb 1Gb
Average Access 12ms 8.5ms
Track to track seek 4ms 0.6ms
Burst data rate 5.8Mb/sec 6Mb/sec
Cache 128Kb 512Kb
MTBF 300,000 POH 800,000 POH
System Dimensions
Width x depth x height 180 x 590 x 590
Weight 19.6Kg
Standard cover 12 months onsite - UK mainland only (subject to registration fee)
Preloaded Software
Operating System DOS 6.2 (UK mainland only)
Temperature +10 to +35C (operating)
0 to +55C (non operating)
R. Humidity 20 to 80% (operating)
20 to 80% (non operating)
EMI/RFI approvals EN55022 Limit B, VDE 0871 VFG 243 Limit B
Safety approvals EN60-950
Monitors 14" SVGAe 14" EVGAe 17" EVGAe
CRT size (diagonal) 14" 14" 17"
CRT Type FST anti-glare FST anti-glare FST dynamic focus,
Display area 245 x 183 (+/- 3mm) 260 x 190 (+/- 3mm) 290 x 218 (+/- 8mm)
Dot pitch 0.28mm 0.28mm 0.28mm
Phosphor P22 P22 P22
Video input Analogue RGB Analogue RGB Analogue RGB
Max vid. bandwidth 44.9MHz 85MHz 130MHz
Max resolution 800 x 600 N.I 1024 x 768 N.I 1600 x 1200 N.I
Power-full operation Less than 80W Less than 85W 130W maximum
standby Less than 30W Less than 30W Less than 10W
Power management VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance
EMI/RFI approvals EN55022 Limit B
VDE 0871 Vfg 243 Limit B, MPRII
EN55022 Limit B
VDE 0871 Vfg 243 Limit B, MPRII
EN55022 Limit B
VDE 0871 Vfg 243 Limit B, MPRII
Safety approvals EN60-950 EN60-950 EN60-950
Dimensions : wxdxh 351 x 384 x 327mm 361 x 382 x 345mm 411 x 480 x 380mm
weight 11.5Kg 12Kg 23Kg
Input Devices Keyboard Mouse
Keys / buttons 102 2
Interface PS/2 serial PS/2 serial
Resolution N/A 400dpi
Cable length 3m 1.5m
Dimensions : wxdxh 488 x 205 x 40mm 55 x 100 x 31mm
weight 1.4Kg 85g

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