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Apricot XEN-PC
M

High performance, integrated multi-media PCs

System Overview
Standard Features
Features & Benefits
Technical Specifications

  • Integrated Double-Speed CD-ROM and Sound Blaster Vibra-16 as Standard
  • Integral stereo speakers
  • Full Processor Range from Intel 486DX2-66 to Pentium™-120
  • 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
  • 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

For the ultimate in multimedia power and integration look no further than the Apricot XEN-PCM. This high performance range has been designed from scratch to give you everything required to mix information with high quality sound and graphics. Just one look at the stylish casing reveals that this stereo-speakered power-house means business.

The Essential Mix

Straight from the box, the XEN-PCM is all you need to use and enjoy the rich assortment of multimedia applications now available. The advanced Sound Blaster system provides lucid recording and playback of all sound and music from multiple sources such as MIDI keyboards or the integral CD-ROM. The high quality Sony double speed drive is chosen for its superior performance, rapidly accessing everything from music CDs to image packed Kodak PhotoCDs. The resulting plethora of input signals and sounds can be controlled using the XEN-PCM's pre-loaded mixing utilities and then output via the amplified stereo speakers.

Classic Performance

The XEN-PCM range offers five powerful processor options so that you can match the system to your exact needs. Beginning with two Intel 486 variants, the 486DX2-66 and the 486DX4-100, the range includes the Intel Pentium-75, 90 and 120MHz processor options. Accelerated local bus video is standard on all models, while Pentium-based systems utilise the Cirrus Logic GD5434 graphics accelerator. Also optionally available is the last word in video control: The Matrox MGA Impression Plus rated at over 40 million WinMarks using the new WinMarks benchmarking system - WinBench Vr4.


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Standard Features

Mass Storage

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

Graphics

Local Bus Enhanced VGA graphics
1 or 2MB Video RAM

Audio

Sound Blaster Vibra-16 expansion board
4 operator, 20 voice synthesis via OPL3 chip
Stereo output via built-in speakers

Expansion

One and a half ISA 16-bit expansion slots
One PCI 32-bit slot (shared ) on Pentium models
Two RS232 serial ports
One bi-directional parallel port

Peripherals

14", 15" or 17" low radiation monitors
Enhanced 102 key keyboard
Microsoft mouse


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Features and Benefits

Sound Blaster audio technology

A key element of a multimedia system is the audio controller and the XEN-PCM is centred around the industry leading Sound Blaster Vibra-16. Precision Digital Signal Processing circuitry that can record and play back sounds up to, and beyond, the range of human hearing ensures that your ears will deceive you.

Integral double speed CD-ROM drive

For serious multimedia work a high specification CD-ROM drive is essential. For this reason the XEN-PCM is supplied with an integrated device positioned behind the unique centre fold-down hatch. The drive spins CD-ROM disks at twice the normal speed in order to provide much improved data rates. When you wish to play music CDs the drive automatically returns to single speed to provide excellent sound quality.

Amplified stereo speaker system

The XEN-PCM is a completely integrated system and unlike most other multimedia machines, this includes the speaker system. Twin amplified speakers neatly set within the front panel of the XEN-PCM provide superb stereo response. Alternatively, an output jack at the rear of the casing allows you to channel sound to headphones or an externally amplified stereo system.

MIDI Interface

Linking keyboards, sequencers and other instrumental hardware to the XEN-PCM is quick and easy. A full-duplex MIDI port is provided as standard to allow the transfer of digitised music data.

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.

Supplied with 8 or 16MB RAM

With at least 8MB on-board, every XEN-PCM 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 capacity, high speed hard drives

Each XEN-PCM model is provided with high performance hard disk storage specifically selected to handle the high volumes of data created and used by multimedia applications. Extensive testing by Apricot's System Verification Group ensures that only the highest quality drives from the world's leading vendors are chosen.

Video acceleration

The stunning video performance of the XEN-PCM 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.

1MB video RAM minimum

A minimum of 1MB video RAM means that every XEN-PCM is capable of providing non-interlaced, high resolutions straight from the box.

High resolution 14", 15" and 17" Monitors

Each XEN-PCM 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

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

Built in the UK by Apricot

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
Model Sound Blaster Vibra-16 Sound Blaster Vibra-16 Sound Blaster Vibra-16 Sound Blaster Vibra-16 Sound Blaster Vibra-16
Location Expansion board Expansion board Expansion board Expansion board Expansion board
Compatibility Sound Blaster
& MPC
Sound Blaster
& MPC
Sound Blaster
& MPC
Sound Blaster
& MPC
Sound Blaster
& MPC
A/D Conv. Resolution. 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit
CD-ROM Interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Midi / Game Port Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 2 x 4W, 4 Ohm 2 x 4W, 4 Ohm 2 x 4W, 4 Ohm 2 x 4W, 4 Ohm 2 x 4W, 4 Ohm

 

Floppy drive
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

  

Available expansion 
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Slots: ISA 16-bit 2 2 2 2 2
PCI 32-bit 0 0 ------------- 1 (shared with ISA slot) -----------
Total 3 3 3 3 3
Free 2 ISA* 2 ISA* ----------------------- 1 (ISA) -----------------------
3.5" x 1" high enclosed drive bays  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 ------------------------------------

 

CD-ROM
Model / Processor 486DX2-66 486DX4-100 575 590 5120
Model Sony CDU55E Sony CDU55E Sony CDU55E Sony CDU55E Sony CDU55E
Type ATAPI IDE ATAPI IDE ATAPI IDE ATAPI IDE ATAPI IDE
Speed Double spin Double spin Double spin Double spin Double spin
Buffer memory 256KB 256KB 256KB 256KB 256KB
Sustained transfer rate 300KB/s 300KB/s 300KB/s 300KB/s 300KB/s
Photo CD support Yes
(Multi-session)
Yes
(Multi-session)
Yes
(Multi-session)
Yes
(Multi-session)
Yes
(Multi-session)

 

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 supplied sound card.
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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