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Apricot XEN-PC
LS

Performance Workgroup Systems that are part of the team from day one

System Overview
Standard Features
Features & Benefits
Technical Specifications

  • Integrated 16-bit Enhanced Business Audio with integral stereo speakers
  • Integrated Network Architecture
  • Apricot LOC Technology Security
  • Full Processor Range from Intel 486DX2-66 to Pentium™-120 MHz
  • High Power Local Bus Video Acceleration
  • Up to 2GB of Fast Access Hard Disk Storage
  • High Resolution Low Radiation Monitors
  • Up to 128MB RAM Expansion
  • IBM Compatible
  • 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

Workgroup computing is based upon providing groups of users with personal control and close communication. The Apricot XEN-PCLS adds another important factor to the equation - power. This range of systems is engineered to serve the workgroup user completely, by integrating all of the required elements together with outstanding performance

The Network Connection

The XEN-PCLS has been designed from the ground up to live in a networked environment. The integral Ethernet controller's high performance eliminates potential bottle-necks ensuring even the most network-intensive applications leave no-one waiting.

For Your Eyes Only

Sharing information is the basis for successful workgroup computing, though it is vitally important to share it with the right people. This is why every XEN-PCLS is provided with an impregnable security system that would make an average personal computer seem like a free-for-all. Using Apricot's LOC Technology, dedicated hardware is built into the XEN-PCLS to deter even the most streetwise hacker.

Listen to This

As software sophistication increases, serious applications are able to exploit the virtues of digital audio to increase both usability and productivity. Whether you wish to add a voice annotation to a document; use speech to control your system; or send a spoken message across the network, the XEN-PCLS provides the required hardware support.

Something for Everyone

To fully satisfy the demands of even the most varied group of users, the XEN-PCLS is available with five high performance processor options. To begin there is the mid-range workhorse the Intel 486DX2-66 and then the 486DX4-100, followed by the Pentium-75 and 90MHz processor options. At the top end of the scale, the next generation Intel Pentium-120 provides breathtaking power and an unstoppable appetite for hard work. Combined with Apricot's thoroughbred design, the result is a range of the most powerful desktop systems available. All models provide excellent graphics performance due to accelerated video controllers that use rapid Local Bus processor connections.


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Standard Features

Mass Storage

1.44MB floppy drive
Selection of high speed IDE drives
CD-ROM interface

Graphics

Local Bus Enhanced VGA graphics
1 or 2MB Video RAM

Integrated Network Architecture

Integrated AMD PCnet network controller
Support for three types of Ethernet connection

Audio

Enhanced Business level audio, fully MPC compliant
16-bit stereo output via integral speakers

Expansion

Two and a half ISA 16-bit expansion slots
One PCI 32-bit slot (shared ) on Pentium models
Two free drive bays
Two RS232 serial ports & one parallel port

Peripherals

14", 15" or 17" low radiation monitors
Enhanced 102 key keyboard
Microsoft Mouse
Apricot Microphone


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Features and Benefits

Enhanced Business Audio

Configured especially for the discerning professional user, the XEN-PCLS audio system uses 16-bit digital technology to ensure crystal-clear recording and playback Complete adherence to Microsoft's Multimedia Personal Computer (MPC) standard means problem-free compatibility with the mass of available applications. The pre-loaded software utilities include a stereo mixer to finely balance the numerous signal and sound inputs. When the correct mix is attained, the result is output through the in-built amplified speakers. Volume can be adjusted via software or by using the integral front panel buttons.

Apricot Microphone

Ready to take your commands and messages, the unique Apricot microphone is supplied as standard and clips neatly onto the keyboard.

Embedded Networking

On-board networking is efficiently handled by an embedded Ethernet controller. This device takes full responsibility for maintaining a smooth flow of information and allows the system processor to concentrate on non-networking tasks. Connection to most existing networks is supported as Thin, Thick and Twisted Pair Ethernet, connectors are all provided at the rear panel. A full range of high performance drivers covering all the major network standards are included as standard.

Solid Security

In a busy office environment, it is essential that information remains safe from prying eyes. The job of keeping your data safe is handled by special Apricot LOC Technology. This in-built, independent security system ensures that without the correct user identification and password, your system is rendered useless. The optional infra-red KeyLOC security card is used like an electronic key. In conjunction with the user identification and password features, the security system forms an unbeatable defence against even the most determined data thief.

From 486DX2-66 to Pentium-120

A selection of five processor options allows the level of performance to be exactly matched to the needs of every user. As requirements change, the system can be upgraded using the industry standard processor socket.

Integrated CD-ROM Interface

For those with the need to access the wealth of CD-ROM titles, the XEN-PCLS provides an easy upgrade path. Within the system an integral CD-ROM controller is ready and waiting to accept one of the optional Sony double speed drives available from Apricot.

High speed local bus

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

Video acceleration

The stunning video performance of the XEN-PCLS 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.

High resolution 14", 15" and 17" Monitors

Each XEN-PCLS 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.

Industry-Standard

With BS 5750 (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 486DX2-/66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Type Intel 486DX2 Intel 486DX4 Intel Pentium™ Intel Pentium™ Intel Pentium™
Clock speed (Internal) 66MHz 100MHz 75MHz 90MHz 120MHz
Clock speed (External) 33MHz 33MHz 50MHz 60MHz 60MHz
Internal cache 8KB 8KB 2 x 8KB 2 x 8KB 2 x 8KB
Coprocessor Integral Integral Integral Integral Integral
Data/address bus 32-bits 32-bits 64/32-bits 64/32-bits 64/32-bits
CPU socket type 238-pin ZIF 238-pin ZIF 320-pin ZIF
(Type 5)
320-pin ZIF
(Type 5)
320-pin ZIF
(Type 5)
iCOMP benchmark 297 435 610 735 1000
Core logic chipset M1429G/31 M1429G/31 SuperCore™590 SuperCore™590 SuperCore™590

 

External cache
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 DX4-100 575 590 5120
Supplied 256KB 256KB 256KB 256KB 256KB
Maximum 256KB 256KB 512KB 512KB 512KB
Mapping Direct Direct Direct Direct Direct
Writing scheme --- Write back/write through --- -------------------- Write through ----------------------
Cache/RAM Speed 20ns 20ns 15ns 15ns 15ns

 

RAM
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 DX4-100 575 590 5120
Supplied 4MB 8MB 8MB 8MB 0
Maximum 64MB 64MB 128MB 128MB 128MB
Type 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM 32-bit SIMM
Speed 70ns 70ns 70ns 70ns 70ns
Fitted RAM location SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets SIMM Sockets
Parity None None Checked Checked Checked
Sockets: total 4 4 4 4 4
free 3 2 2 2 2
Sizes supported (MB) 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32

 

ROM
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 DX4-100 575 590 5120
Size 128KB 128KB 128KB 128KB 1MB
Type Flash ROM Flash ROM Flash ROM Flash ROM Flash ROM
Shadowable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Graphics (standard)
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 DX4-100 575 590 5120
Controller ---------------------------------------- Cirrus Logic GD5434 --------------------------------
Interface VL Local Bus VL Local Bus PCI Local Bus PCI Local Bus PCI Local Bus
Location Motherboard Motherboard Motherboard Motherboard Motherboard
Video memory: supplied 1MB 1MB 1MB 2MB 2MB
max 2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB
type DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM
Max N.I res @ 1MB -------- 1024 x 768 resolution (256 colours) -------- N/A N/A
Max N.I res @ 2MB -------------------------- 1280 x 1024 resolution (256 colours) ---------------------------
Max N.I colours @ 1MB ---- 640 x 480 resolution (16.8 million colours) ---- N/A N/A
Max N.I colours @ 2MB ------------------------------ 800 x 600 (16.8 million colours) ------------------------------

 

Pentium Graphics Options
Model / Processor 560 575 590 / 5120
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)

 

Audio
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Controller Crystal CS4231 Crystal CS4231 Crystal CS4231 Crystal CS4231 Crystal CS4231
Compatibility Microsoft MPC Microsoft MPC Microsoft MPC Microsoft MPC Microsoft MPC
A/D Conv. Resolution 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit
Speakers 2 x 1W, 8 Ohm 2 x 1W, 8 Ohm 2 x 1W, 8 Ohm 2 x 1W, 8 Ohm 2 x 1W, 8 Ohm

 

Networking
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX2-66 560 486DX2-66 590
Controller AMD PCnet AMD PCnet AMD PCnet AMD PCnet AMD PCnet
Protocols Thin Ethernet
Thick Ethernet
TPE (RJ-45)
Thin Ethernet
Thick Ethernet
TPE (RJ-45)
Thin Ethernet
Thick Ethernet
TPE (RJ-45)
Thin Ethernet
Thick Ethernet
TPE (RJ-45)
Thin Ethernet
Thick Ethernet
TPE (RJ-45)

 

Security
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 DX4-100 575 590 5120
Technology Apricot LOC Apricot LOC Apricot LOC Apricot LOC Apricot LOC
Access Control Password,
User ID,
optional IR Card
Password,
User ID,
optional IR Card
Password,
User ID,
optional IR Card
Password,
User ID,
optional IR Card
Password,
User ID,
optional IR Card
Max registered users 4 4 4 4 4

 

Available expansion
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Slots: ISA 16-bit 3 3 3 3 3
PCI 32-bit 0 0 ------------ 1 (shared with ISA slot) -------------
Total 3 3 3 3 3
Free 3 ISA* 3 ISA* -------------- 3 ISA, 1 PCI (shared) ---------------
3.5" x 1" high enclosed drive bays 1 1 1 1 1
5.25" half height removable media drive bay 1 1 1 1 1
(* one slot measures maximum 17.6cm)

 

I/O ports
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Serial: quantity 2 2 2 2 2
connectors 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB 9-pin D-SUB
Parallel: quantity 1 1 1 1 1
type ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPP compliant ECP/EPP compliant
ISA bus IDE controller
ATA IDE standard N/A N/A Mode 2 Mode 2 Mode 2
Connector type N/A N/A 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin
Max data transfer N/A N/A 4MB/s 4MB/s 4MB/s
Local bus IDE contlr VL VL PCI PCI PCI
ATA IDE standard Mode 3 Mode 3 Mode 3 Mode 3 Mode 3
Connector type 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin 40-pin
Max data transfer 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s 11.1MB/s
Keyboard type PS/2 PS/2 PS/2 PS/2 PS/2
Mouse type PS/2 PS/2 PS/2 PS/2 PS/2

 

Power supply
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Rating (constant) 145W 145W 145W 145W 145W
Rating (peak) 179W 179W 179W 179W 179W
Type Switched mode Switched mode Switched mode Switched mode Switched mode
Voltage setting External switch 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
90-132V
& 180-264V
Freq. input range 47-63Hz 47-63Hz 47-63Hz 47-63Hz 47-63Hz
3.5" internal cables 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free) 1 (0 free)
5.25" internal cables 3 (1 free) 3 (1 free) 3 (1 free) 3 (1 free) 3 (1 free)
Max loads: +5V 18A 18A 18A 18A 18A
+12V 4.2A 4.2A 4.2A 4.2A 4.2A
-5V 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A
-12V 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A 0.3A
External connectors ----------------------------- IEC in; switched IEC out ---------------------------------------

 

Floppy Drives
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Type / Capacity 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB 3.5" / 1.44MB
Controller Embedded Embedded Embedded Embedded Embedded

 

All Model Details

Hard Drives 540MB 730MB 1083MB
Type IDE IDE IDE
Average Access 14ms 11.5ms 10.5ms
Track to track seek 5ms 4ms 2.3ms
Burst data rate 4.5MB/sec 5.9MB/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 (subject to registration fee)
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 Drivers to support the integrated audio, networking and security.
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 Microphone
Keys / buttons 102 2 Mute switch
Interface PS/2 PS/2 Jack plug
Resolution N/A 400dpi N/A
Cable length 3m 1.83m 0.9m
Dimensions: wxdxh 488 x 205 x 40mm 63 x 114 x 40mm 48 x 175 x 24mm
weight 1.4Kg 127g 40g


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