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Apricot XEN-PC

The stylish, low-profile, high performance PC range

System Overview
Standard Features
Features & Benefits
Technical Specifications

  • Full Processor Range from Intel 486DX4-100 to Pentium-120MHz
  • High Power VL or PCI Local Bus Video Acceleration
  • Up to 2GB of Fast Access Hard Disk Storage
  • High Resolution Low Radiation Monitors
  • Up to 128MB RAM Expansion
  • Processor Upgradeability
  • IBM Compatible
  • Apricot Style and Ergonomics
  • UK Built

Apricot reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice.

The information contained in these specifications was correct at the time of compilation.
May 10th 1995

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System Overview

High performance and versatility are two essential factors in the continuing success of the Apricot XEN-PC range. In this latest line-up, the super fast Intel Pentium processor has been incorporated to provide one of the fastest desktop systems available. Combined with the Apricot engineered system design, the incredible 120MHz Pentium processor sets the agenda for the range as a whole.

Graphically Speaking

Graphical user interfaces such as Windows, NT and OS/2 have settled as the norm for all tasks from word processing to video editing. This is why all XEN-PC models include industry-leading graphic acceleration coprocessors to provide the very best on-screen performance. All models use local bus technology to closely integrate the video circuitry. The entire range features the Cirrus Logic GD5434 with 1MB video RAM, except for the XEN-PC 590 and 5120 which have 2MB as standard.

For those seeking the ultimate in system and graphic performance, the new Matrox MGA Impression Plus board, rated at over 40 million WinMarks using the new WinMarks benchmarking system - WinBench Vr4, is available as an optional extra.

Room to Manoeuvre

As software packages and the files that they create become ever-more space consuming, a selection of high capacity hard drives are matched to the expected requirements of each model.

The Start of a Lasting Partnership

When your requirements change, so too will your XEN-PC. Expanding each model is straightforward and, most importantly, fully industry standard. Each model uses widely available SIMM memory modules, processor upgrades, storage devices and peripheral boards.


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Standard Features

Mass Storage

1.44MB floppy drive

Selection of high speed IDE hard drives

Graphics

Local bus Enhanced VGA graphics

1 or 2MB Video RAM

Maximum resolution 1280 x 1024 (2MB)

Maximum colours 16.8 million

Expansion

Two and a half ISA 16-bit expansion slots

Two free drive bays

One PCI 32-bit slot (shared) on Pentium models

Two RS232 serial ports

One bi-directional parallel port

One PS/2 compatible mouse port

Peripherals

14", 15" or 17" low radiation monitors

Enhanced layout 102 key keyboard

Microsoft mouse


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Features and Benefits

From 486DX2-66 to Pentium-120

A range of processor options allows the correct configuration to be matched exactly to your performance and budget requirements. As those requirements change, the system processor can then be upgraded to meet new demands. Industry-standard processor sockets make upgrading to next generation processors a quick and easy task.

Flexible memory options

Every XEN-PC is ready from the outset to tackle Windows, OS/2 and other memory intensive applications. Upgrading is made easy and cost effective using industry standard SIMMs (single, in-line, memory modules) which are widely available.

High speed local bus

To provide the fastest possible route for data, all XEN-PC models incorporate local bus technology to join the processor to key peripheral devices. Additionally, the Pentium models provide a PCI expansion slot to allow add-in boards to advantage of the closely coupled 32-bit bus.

Video acceleration

The stunning video performance of the XEN-PC models is made possible by the use of accelerated local bus video processors. Using the 32-bit local bus to couple each video accelerator to the main system processor ensures that even the most graphically intensive applications move like lightening.

Video RAM

A minimum of 1MB video RAM means that every XEN-PC is capable of providing non-interlaced, high resolutions straight from the box. Using one of the optional, ultra high performance graphics accelerator boards, you can select resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at 65,000 colours or take advantage of 16.8 million photo-realistic colours at 1280 x 1024.

High resolution 14", 15" and 17" Monitors

Each XEN-PC is supplied with a choice of high resolution monitors that perfectly match the fast graphic capabilities of the systems. All monitor options meet and exceed the latest European standards for safety and emissions.

High capacity, high speed hard drives

A full range of hard drive options permits the storage capacity to be tailored to individual needs. Among the options the range now includes a high speed 1GB IDE drive.

Parallel and dual serial ports

Quick and easy connection to external devices is made possible by the on-board parallel and serial ports. The parallel port is bi-directional to support two-way communications with intelligent printers.

Dedicated mouse port

A PS/2 compatible port is fitted specifically for use by the supplied mouse. This means that both standard serial ports are free for use by other devices.

Industry-Standard

By adhering to the latest computer industry standards, Apricot engineers have ensured that the XEN-PC can be easily upgraded with widely available components and peripherals.

Stylish design

In this age of dreary desktop boxes, the XEN-PC provides a refreshing touch of practical elegance and style.

Built in the UK by Apricot

With BS5750 (ISO 9000) accreditation from sales, marketing, research and development through to manufacture in Scotland, Apricot have been building quality into every computer system for more than twelve years.


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Technical Specifications

Processor
Model / Processor 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Type Intel 486DX4-100 Intel Pentium Intel Pentium Intel Pentium
Clock speed (Int) 100MHz 75MHz 90MHz 120MHz
Clock speed (Ext) 33MHz 50MHz 60MHz 60MHz
Internal cache 8KB 2 x 8KB 2 x 8KB 2 x 8KB
Coprocessor Integral Integral Integral Integral
Data/address bus 32-bits 64/32-bits 64/32-bits 64/32-bits
CPU socket type 238-pin ZIF 320-pin ZIF (Type 5) 320-pin ZIF (Type 5) 320-pin ZIF (Type 5)
iCOMP benchmark 435 610 735 1000
Core logic chipset M1429G/31 VLSI SuperCore 590 VLSI SuperCore 590 VLSI SuperCore 590

 

External cache
Model / Processor 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Supplied 256KB 256KB 256KB 256KB
Maximum 256KB 512KB 512KB 512KB
Mapping Direct Direct Direct Direct
Writing scheme Write back/through Write through Write through Write through
Cache/RAM Speed 20ns 15ns 15ns 15ns

 

RAM
Model / Processor 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Supplied 8MB 8MB 8MB 8MB
Maximum 64MB 128MB 128MB 128MB
Type 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM
Speed 70ns 70ns 70ns 70ns
Fitted RAM location SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets
Parity None Checked Checked Checked
Sockets: total 4 4 4 4
free 2 2 2 2
Sizes supported (MB) 1, 2, 4, 8, & 16MB 1,2, 4, 8, 16 & 32MB 1,2, 4, 8, 16 & 32MB 1,2, 4, 8, 16 & 32MB

 

ROM
Model / Processor 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Size 128KB 128KB 128KB 1MB
Type Flash ROM Flash ROM Flash ROM Flash ROM
Shadowable Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Graphics (standard)
Model / Processor DX4-100 575 590 5120
Controller

------------------------------------------ Cirrus Logic GD5434 ----------------------------------

Interface VL Local Bus PCI Local Bus PCI Local Bus PCI Local Bus
Location Motherboard Motherboard Motherboard Motherboard
Video memory:supplied 1MB 1MB 2MB 2MB
max 2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB
type DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM
Max N.I res @ 1MB ------------- 1024 x 768 resolution (256 colours) -------------- N/A
Max N.I res @ 2MB

-------------------------- 1280 x 1024 resolution (256 colours) ---------------------------

Max N.I colours @ 1MB ------------640x480 resolution (16.8m colours) ------------ N/A N/A
Max N.I colours @ 2MB

------------------------------ 800 x 600 (16.8 million colours) ------------------------------

 

Pentium Graphics Options
Controller

Matrox MGA Impression Plus

Interface

PCI Local Bus

Location

Expansion board

Video memory: supplied

2MB

  maximum

4MB

  type

VRAM

Max N.I resolution @ 2MB

1600 x 1200 resolution (256 colours)

Max N.I resolution @ 4MB

1600 x 1200 resolution (65K colours)

Max N.I colours @ 2MB

800 x 600 resolution (16.8 million colours)

Max N.I colours @ 4MB

1280 x 1024 resolution (16.8 million colours)

 

Available expansion
Model / Processor DX4-100 575 590 5120
Slots: ISA 16-bit 3 2 2 2
PCI 32-bit 0

------------ 1 (shared PCI/ ISA slot) ---------------

Total 3 3 3 3
Free 3 ISA*

------ 2 ISA slots plus 1shared PCI/ISA slot -----

3.5" x 1" high enclosed drive bays 1 1 1 1
5.25" half height removable media drive bays 1 1 1 1
(* one slot measures maximum 17.6cm)

 

I/O ports
Model / Processor DX4-100 575 590 5120
Serial: quantity 2 2 2 2
  connectors 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB
Parallel: quantity 1 1 1 1
  type ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPPcompliant
ISA bus IDE controller
ATA IDE standard N/A Mode 2 Mode 2 Mode 2
Connector type N/A 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin
Max data transfer N/A 4MB/s 4MB/s 4MB/s
Local bus IDE contlr VL PCI PCI PCI
ATA IDE standard Mode 3 Mode 3 Mode 3 Mode 3
Connector type 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin
Max data transfer 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s
Keyboard type PS/2 PS/2 PS/2 PS/2
Mouse type PS/2 PS/2 PS/2 PS/2

 

Power supply
Model / Processor DX4-100 575 590 5120
Rating (constant) 145W 145W 145W 145W
Rating (peak) 179W 179W 179W 179W
Type Switched mode Switched mode Switched mode Switched mode
Voltage setting External switch External switch External switch External switch
Voltage input range 90-132V
& 180-264V
90-132V
& 180-264V
90-132V
& 180-264V
90-132V
& 180-264V
Freq. input range 47-63Hz 47-63Hz 47-63Hz 47-63Hz
3.5" internal cables 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free)
5.25" internal cables 3 (2 free) 3 (2 free) 3 (2 free) 3 (2 free)
Max loads: +5V 18A 18A 18A 18A
+12V 4.2A 4.2A 4.2A 4.2A
-5V 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A
-12V 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A
External connectors

---------------------- IEC in; switched IEC out ----------------------

 

Floppy drive
Model / Processor DX4-100 575 590 5120
Type / Capacity 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB
Controller Embedded Embedded Embedded Embedded

 

All Model Details

Hard Drives 365MB 540MB 1GB
Type IDE IDE IDE
Average Access 11ms 14ms 10.5ms
Track to track seek 4ms 5ms 2.3ms
Burst data rate 5.9MB/sec 4.5MB/sec 6.9MB/sec
Cache 128KB 128KB 448KB
MTBF 300 000 poh 300 000 poh 400 000 poh
System Dimensions
Width x depth x height 428 x 430 x 94mm
Weight 9.5Kg
Warranty
Standard cover 12 months on-site - UK mainland only
Preloaded Software
Operating System DOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (UK mainland only)
Drivers Relevant graphic display drivers for Windows for Workgroups 3.11, OS/2, AutoCAD, AutoSHADE, Word 5.x and WordPerfect 5.1
Note: Matrox controllers are not supplied with DOS application drivers.
Environmental
Temp. (operating) +10 to +35 C
Temp. (non-op.) 0 to +55 C
R. humidity (operat'g) 20 to 80%
R. humidity (non-op) 20 to 80%
EMI/RFI approvals EN 55022 limit B, VCCI level 2, VDE 0871 VFG 243 Limit B
Safety approvals EN 60-950, UL 1950
Monitors 14" SVGAe 14" EVGAe 15" EVGAe 17" EVGAe
Standard SVGA EVGA EVGA EVGA
CRT size (diagonal) 14" 14" 15" 17"
CRT Type FST anti-glare FST anti-glare Super Fine Trinitron
anti-glare/static
FST dynamic focus,
anti-glare/static
Display area 245 x 183 (+/- 3mm) 260 x 190 (+/- 3mm) 270 x 202 (+/- 2mm) 290 x 218 (+/- 8mm)
Dot pitch 0.28mm 0.28mm 0.26mm 0.28mm
Phosphor P22 P22 P22 P22
Video input Analogue RGB Analogue RGB Analogue RGB Analogue RGB
Max video bandwidth 44.9MHz 85MHz 107MHz 130MHz
Max resolution
(non-interlaced)
800 x 600 1024 x 768 1280x1024 @ 60Hz
1024x768 @ 75Hz
1600 x 1200
Power: full operation Less than 80W Less than 85W 110W maximum 130W maximum
standby Less than 30W Less than 30W 8W maximum Less than 10W
Power management VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance VESA DPMS support for EPA compliance
EMI/RFI approvals EN 55022 Limit B
VDE 0871 Vfg 243 Limit B, MPRII
EN 55022 Limit B
VDE 0871 Vfg 243 Limit B, MPRII
CE mark compliant
 MPRII
EN 55022 Limit B
VDE 0871 Vfg 243 Limit B, MPRII
Safety approvals EN60-950 EN60-950 EN60-950 EN60-950
Dimensions: wxdxh 351 x 384 x 327mm 361 x 382 x 345mm 368 x 385 x 373mm 411 x 480 x 380mm
weight 11.5Kg 12Kg 13.7Kg 23Kg
Input Devices Keyboard Mouse
Keys / buttons 102 2
Interface PS/2 PS/2
Resolution N/A 400dpi
Cable length 3m 1.83m
Dimensions: wxdxh 488 x 205 x 40mm 63 x 114 x 40mm
weight 1.4Kg 127g


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