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Apricot LS500
The high performance connected PC


System Overview

Standard Features

Technical Specifications

  • Processor range from 166MHz Pentium with MMX(TM) Technology to 300MHz Pentium II
  • Choice of 2.1GB or 3.2GB Ultra ATA high performance hard disk
  • Enhanced performance SDRAM
  • 512KB pipeline burst L2 cache
  • High performance 64-bit PCI and AGP
    graphic accelerators
  • Integrated hardware management controller
  • Power-saving standby mode with fast recovery
  • 16-bit industry standard audio
  • Optional 100Mbit/sec Ethernet card
  • Wide range of connectivity options
  • DMI 2 compliant
  • UK Built

System Overview
The Apricot LS500 Series meets the needs of today's most demanding business users. Fully specified, with a choice of the very latest Pentium and Pentium II processors, Ultra ATA hard disks and advanced SDRAM memory technology, every LS500 is designed to offer the widest possible choice of price and specification, providing sufficient technology headroom to ensure it caters with the demands of software platforms both now and in
the future.

Using the latest Intel 430TX and 440LX chipset technologies and including a highly integrated hardware management controller the LS500 Series has been designed to provide the lowest ownership costs of any PC platform.

With 512KB Level 2 processor cache and 16-bit business audio as standard features on all models, LS500 systems are ready to exploit the power of new technologies such as Internet, voice messaging and other applications. Completing the specification is the optional x16 speed CD-ROM from market leaders, Sony.

Processor choice
The Pentium Processor with MMX
(TM) technology includes all of the features of a standard Pentium processor, plus more. Because of its improvements you'll experience greater performance in all applications and smoother, more realistic results from multimedia based applications. With all major software vendors now supplying their standard software MMX enabled, MMX technology is a pre-requisite for system longevity. Pentium II systems further enhance performance and with options up to 300MHz, applications previously available only on proprietary workstation platforms are now routinely being deployed on performance PCs.

Ready to network
Each LS500 system may be specified with an auto-sensing 10/100Mbit/s ethernet interface. These high performance 'plug & play' NICs provide optimum performance with current 10 Mbit/sec networks and 100Mbit/sec networks alike. Wake-on-LAN functionality, allowing remote management and support of client PCs simplifying IT support and reducing ownership costs. For clients with investment in other networking standards, LS500 systems can be supplied without a network card, allowing integration with Token Ring or ATM technology.

Easy to manage
All Apricot LS500 systems include enhanced manageability as standard. Designed to be compliant with the latest DMI 2 specification, each is supplied with a Windows application allowing a complete inventory of the system to be made including firmware and software revision levels. Based upon established industry standards, the supplied application allows full co-operation with third-party network management tools; ensuring a simple and cost effective installation into both new and existing company sites.

In addition, each LS550 Pentium system is supplied with 'Electronic Fingerprinting'. This allows your choice of information (e.g. company name, department, asset number, etc..) to be permanently recorded within each system, ensuring a permanent record of system ownership to be available. A sophisticated hardware management controller monitors the status of system critical items such as temperature, power and hard disk performance; controlling the fan speed to maintain an even system temperature; providing predictive drive failure notification and alerting the system administrator to

physical intrusion of the system case. This ensures that the LS500's reliability is maintained at maximum levels, further reducing cost of ownership.

Sounds good
All models incorporate integrated 16-bit audio allowing maximum use of today's multimedia rich operating systems and applications. Coupled with the x16 speed Sony CD-ROM, you can now have the benefit of high quality business audio through the unit's built-in speaker, or, for maximum quality through external speakers. Should your application demand additional multimedia capabilities, the on-board audio may be enhanced by use of the optional wave table module upgrade (or disabled completely allowing an alternate interface to be implemented).

Comprehensive range
Available with a range spanning entry-level to state of the art Pentium II high performance models, the Apricot LS Series allows selection of the ideal model to meet your needs.

All LS Series products are available with multiple connectivity options. These ensure that the business advantages of Internet, Intranet and Extranet technologies can be fully exploited, allowing greater productivity and communications regardless of the size of your organisation. With integrated ethernet to high-speed modems and ISDN, all connectivity options have been investigated to give simple but effective connectivity to your local area network or even further afield to the World Wide Web, the electronic network that spans the globe.

Standard Features
The LS500 Series use Mitsubishi Electric's latest motherboard design, offering new levels of price/performance matched with improved functionality and lowest cost of ownership.

The Apricot LS Series meets the needs of the business user by providing highly manageable and configurable PC systems at competitive prices. The complete LS model range encompasses network PC systems, highly integrated Pentium PCs and high-end Pentium II based workstations in a range of chassis formats allowing the correct combination of price, performance, and profile to be available for each requirement.

With Windows NT winning increasing acceptance as the corporate desktop environment of choice, the Apricot LS series provides a platform which has the power and robustness to match.

Intel 430TX and 440LX PCIset
  • Ball Grid Array (BGA) packaging providing higher levels of integration and quality.
  • Support for new technologies providing higher performance; SDRAM memory, Ultra DMA hard drive.
  • Reduced component count increases reliability.

Pentium MMX(TM) and Pentium II processor choice

  • Range of processors from 166-300MHz allows selection of most cost effective system for each user.
  • Large on-chip L1 cache provides improved performance for all software applications.
  • Applications optimised for MMX technology: video, audio, graphical and communication based tasks may show a boost of up to 400%.

512KB Pipeline burst mode L2 cache

  • Ensures maximum availability of data to the cpu, enhancing system throughput.

DMI 2 compliant

  • Provides asset management and error notification for reduced cost of ownership.
  • Industry standard solution allows use of 3rd party management tools.

Intel Wired for Management conformance

  • Allows unattended, remote management and support, reducing ownership costs.

Integrated hardware management controller

  • Constantly monitors system hardware and issues error notification before major disruption occurs.
  • Pre-emptive drive failure allows SMART EIDE hard disk drives to be replaced before they fail.

64-bit ATI VT3 and 3D Rage Pro AGP graphics

  • 64-bit PCI bus-master graphics accelerator provides high video performance for all types of applications.
  • Refresh rates up to 200Hz allow flicker-free images.
  • Up to 16.7Million colours (true-colour) in all system configurations allows correct colour matching for desktop publishing and graphical applications.
  • Full range of drivers ensures maximum operating system choice.

Support for up to 4MB video memory

  • Pentium II models allow expansion to 4MB SGRAM, allowing workstation class performance and resolution support.
SDRAM DIMM Memory support
  • 60ns SDRAM provides higher performance levels than traditional Fast Page RAM.
  • DIMM format memory allows flexible upgrade path

High performance Quantum Ultra ATA/33 hard disks

  • High performance hard disks with capacities of 2.1GB and 3.2GB provide sufficient storage for today's data-rich applications.
  • Latest Ultra ATA/33 specification doubles the previous burst data rate to 33.3MB/s

On-board 16-bit Audio

  • Plug-and-play device offers automatic configuration.
  • Security of SoundBlaster compatibility.
  • Internal speaker provides unobtrusive audio for office environments.

Metal case with keylock, security loop & intruder detect circuit

  • Acts as deterrent to component theft and ensures that all hardware in your system remains secure.
  • Issues notification if the system case has been opened.

Software security

  • Access to system and BIOS Setup can be limited by password control to prevent unauthorised use.
  • FD access can be disabled to prevent removal of data or potential of virus infection.
  • 'Electronic Fingerprinting' allows ownership string to be permanently recorded in system Flash memory.

VESA DPMS and EPA Energy Star compliance

  • Full Energy Star compliance reduces system ownership costs and prolongs system life.

Plug and Play

  • Easier upgrade path with reduced support costs.

Optional x16 speed CD-ROM

  • Faster and sustained access to CD-ROM data; essential for smooth multimedia and video playback.

Optional 10/100Mbit/s NIC

  • Pre-installed network interface provides improved 'out of box' reliability and reduces installation costs.
  • 10/100Mbit interface with automatic sensing of network speed.
  • Wake-on-LAN feature allows advanced remote management and support, minimising ownership costs.

Client Advantage Pack

  • Provides low cost 'plug and play' Internet communications.



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