New Eagle 250 Details & Pricing AMB2000-26

Marketing Bulletin
An R.E. Mahmarian LLC Company
AMB2000-26
August 7, 2000
New Eagle 250
Details & Pricing
A new entry-level system with performance,
price, and compatibility for the AMOS world
Contents
Announcing the Eagle 250 ............................................................................................................. 1
Product Overview.......................................................................................................................... 2
Where the Eagle 250 Fits in the AMOS Product Line............................................................... 2
ColdFire Technology................................................................................................................ 2
Quick Tour of the CPU Board ................................................................................................. 4
Eagle 250 Product Description....................................................................................................... 5
Chassis Specifications .............................................................................................................. 5
Memory................................................................................................................................... 6
Serial I/O for the Eagle 250...................................................................................................... 7
Eight Standard Ports .......................................................................................................... 7
Optional Ports: AM-318-10................................................................................................ 7
Optional Ports: Older I/O Cards ......................................................................................... 7
AM-314......................................................................................................................... 7
AM-318-00.................................................................................................................... 7
Parallel Port ............................................................................................................................. 9
Ethernet Port ........................................................................................................................... 9
UPS Monitoring Port ............................................................................................................... 9
External SCSI Port .................................................................................................................. 9
SCSI Support .............................................................................................................................. 11
SCSI Busses: Wide vs. Narrow .............................................................................................. 11
SCSI Devices for the Eagle 250 ................................................................................................... 12
General Configuration Guidelines........................................................................................... 12
Configuring a Wide SCSI System........................................................................................... 12
SCSI Diskette Drive............................................................................................................... 15
Software...................................................................................................................................... 16
AMOS 2.3A Operating System .............................................................................................. 16
TAME—TCP Management From Inside Your Application ..................................................... 16
Free Software – Multi-Alpha Bonus Bundle ........................................................................... 16
Upgrades & System Trade-ins...................................................................................................... 17
Upgrade Kits for Eagle 100, 200 & 300 Systems.................................................................... 17
Benefits of Upgrading ............................................................................................................ 17
System Performance .................................................................................................................... 18
System Index (SI) .................................................................................................................. 18
The Bottom Line ......................................................................................................................... 19
Reseller Supplement .................................................................................................................. 21
Price List .............................................................................................................................. 27
Announcing the New Eagle 250
Dear Alpha Microsystems VAR:
e are proud to announce the Eagle 250, a new AMOS-based computer system. The Eagle 250
brings the latest Alpha Microsystems technology, built around Motorola’s revolutionary
ColdFire® processor, to the service of your applications and your customers. Highlights of this
outstanding new product are as follows:
W
•
Second of a new generation of AMOS processors — The Eagle 250 is the next step in our
migration from MC 680X0 CPUs to Motorola’s newest microprocessor family: ColdFire. These
technically innovative chips offer an ideal fit for the AMOS world: high performance, attractive cost,
and software compatibility.
•
The latest Alpha Micro technology — The Eagle 250 also embodies the latest technology from
our own engineers. Leading-edge features include all-on-one-board processor design; optional RJ45 serial ports with built-in lightning protection; a choice of Narrow or Wide SCSI bus; and an
advanced controller-on-a-chip that supports high speed 10Base-T Ethernet. Network support
includes TAME — short for TCP Access Made Easy — that lets you add TCP communications to
any AlphaBASIC or AMOS assembly language application.
•
A new level of price/performance — The Eagle 250 is a low cost system, with performance and
connectivity exceeding that of the Eagle 100, 200 and 300 systems. Expandability of the Eagle 250
is also superior, and its price is only slightly higher than an Eagle 100. In fact, the Eagle 250 offers
more performance per dollar than any Alpha Micro system we’ve built before.
•
Easy to configure — It’s a snap to spec out an Eagle 250. Your choice of Wide or Narrow SCSI
bus. Memory in any mix of one or two SIMMs, from 8MB to 256MB. Use AM-318-10 cards for
I/O expansion up to 32 serial ports. A 10Base-T Ethernet port is standard.
•
Easy to buy — Our Eagle 250 trade-in program makes business sense for current users of virtually
any Alpha Micro small or mid-range computer. We offer field upgrades too, with kits for Eagle 100,
200 and 300 systems. We want your business.
•
Free Software – Multi-Alpha Bonus Bundle — With the purchase of a new Eagle 250 we will
include a special software bundle which includes MULTI, AlphaWrite, AlphaCalc and AlphaMail –
absolutely FREE!
ColdFire is a registered trademark of Motorola, Inc.
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Product Overview
Where the Eagle 250 Fits in the AMOS Product Line
Table 1 shows where the Eagle 250 fits in the AMOS product line. A maximum of 32 serial ports puts
the Eagle 250 several steps ahead of the Eagle 100. Performance is impressive. The Eagle 250’s
ColdFire RISC CPU yields an SI (System Index) rating of 59.9. That’s approximately 72% faster than
the Eagle 100, 200 or 300, and approaches the speed of an AM-4000M, a much larger and more
expensive system.
Other advanced features of the Eagle 250 include:
•
Memory from 8MB to 256MB — a wide range of choices.
•
Your choice: A Wide SCSI bus for maximum throughput with high-performance peripherals; or
Narrow (8-bit) SCSI bus instead.
•
The Eagle 250 is a superb upgrade vehicle for existing Eagle 100, 200, 300 or AM-1600 systems.
Install an Eagle 250 upgrade kit and get significantly improved CPU horsepower, more memory
capacity, serial port expandability, and an optional Wide SCSI bus for top peripheral performance.
•
The Eagle 250 can be easily upgraded to an Eagle 450 at minimal cost.
ColdFire Technology
In the Eagle 250, all CPU and I/O logic is implemented on a single board. At the heart is a Motorola
ColdFire processor chip. ColdFire is a microprocessor family with strength in three areas vital to AMOS
computers. The areas are high performance, attractive cost, and software compatibility.
Motorola conceived ColdFire as a new branch of the MC680X0 family tree. To meet targets for
performance, compatibility, and cost, Motorola developed Variable-Length RISC technology. VL RISC
unites the architectural simplicity of conventional 32-bit fixed-length RISC with a fast-executing,
memory-saving, variable-length instruction set.
Our long-term objective is a whole new line of AMOS systems, all drawing on the cost-effective power
of ColdFire and all preserving the compatibility to support your applications. The Eagle 250 is another
step along that line.
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Table 1. AMOS Product Line
Eagle 250 — Is approximately 72% faster
than our Eagle 100, 200 & 300 systems!
Popular AMOS-based Systems*
Eagle 100
Eagle 300
Eagle 250
Eagle 450
System
AM-6000
AM-7000
RR 060
RR 075
34.9
34.9
59.9
68.5
137.0
191.8
CPU
MC68030
MC68030
ColdFire RISC
ColdFire RISC
MC68060
MC68060-75
Memory: min./max.
8MB/32MB
8MB/32MB
8MB/256MB
8MB/256MB
8MB/256MB
c
32MB/512MB
--
--
Available
Available
Available
Available Ultra
Serial ports, standard
8
8
8
8
4
4
Serial ports, maximum
16
32
32
200+
200+
AM-314 / 318
AM-314 / 318
AM-314 / 318
AM-314 / 318
AM-359
AM-359
1
2
1
1
4
4
Optional;
AM-366 card
required
Standard;
integrated on
system board
Standard;
integrated on
system board
Standard;
integrated on
system board
Standard;
integrated on
system board
Standard;
integrated on
system board
Optional
Standard
Standard
Standard
100bT Opt.
Standard
d
10bT & 100bT
Standard
Consumes a
serial port
Consumes a
serial port
Dedicated
UPS port
Dedicated
UPS port
Dedicated
UPS port
Dedicated
UPS port
Opt. (AM-338)
Opt. (AM-338)
Opt. (AM-338)
--
--
2.3A
1.4E
2.3A
1.4E
2.3A
2.3A
2.3A
Performance: SI
16-bit, Wide SCSI bus
Input/Output
I/O Expansion Cards
Parallel Ports
24
e
Networking
Ethernet Controller
10BaseT (twisted pair)
Ethernet Port
UPS Monitoring
Bisync RJE
AMOS
AMOS Versions
Supported
2.3A
Notes
* Models not shown: Falcon, Eagle 100LC, Eagle 200, 500, 550, Super Eagle, AM-4000, AM-6060 Network Server.
512MB memory available on systems with processor board at appropriate revision level.
10BaseT Ethernet port furnished as standard on AM-319-20 System Board; optional on AM-176 processor board.
If optional RJ-45 ports are used in place of eight standard DB-9 ports, a maximum of (32) RJ-45 ports can be achieved.
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d
e
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Quick Tour of the CPU Board
The Eagle 250’s single-board processor is the latest in our long line of powerful, versatile single-board
CPUs. Following is a list of the hardware highlights:
• Memory — Two SIMM slots accommodate main memory from 8MB to 256MB. See memory
configurator on page 6 for details.
• Expansion slots — Three AM-318-10 style, serial I/O expansion slots; connectors on rear panel.
• Standard serial I/O — Eight standard DB-9 serial ports; see page 7 for configuration details.
• SSD chip — Same chip as used in Roadrunner boards and other Eagle systems.
• UPS port — Dedicated DB-9 port for UPS monitoring; see page 9.
• Parallel port — DB-25 parallel printer port.
• CMOS setup — Flexible, terminal-driven setup facility replaces boot switches.
• Ethernet port —10Base-T (twisted-pair) Ethernet port is standard equipment.
• Ethernet controller — 16-bit, dual-port, Ethernet controller; much faster than an AM-366.
• Narrow SCSI bus option — 50-pin connector for bus on Narrow SCSI Eagle 250.
• Wide SCSI bus option — 68-pin connector for bus on Wide SCSI Eagle 250 (a miniaturized
design, physically smaller than the 50-pin Narrow SCSI connector).
• SCSI controller — 32-bit, bus-master RISC processor.
• Motorola ColdFire processor — Small but powerful CPU, embodying Motorola’s innovative
Variable-Length RISC architecture, delivers big-system throughput for the low cost Eagle 250.
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Eagle 250 Product Description
Chassis Specifications
The Eagle 250 is furnished in our streamlined, Eagle deskside chassis. Specifications are as follows:
•
Dimensions—17¾" high x 9" wide x 17" deep (44.5 cm x 22.9 x 43.1)
•
Power requirement—5 amp @ 115VAC; 2.5 amp @ 230VAC
•
Peripheral mounting—The chassis accommodates up to six peripheral devices. See Figure 1.
Three 5.25" device bays, all
front-accessible.
See Note*
Front panel display occupies this bay
One 3.5" device bay, front-accessible
Two 3.5" device bays, hidden
Cutaway view from left side
* Note — Optional Wide SCSI Bus
Repeater occupies one 5.25" device
bay, if installed. (Any of the three
5.25" bays shown in the diagram
can
be used.) This is not a significant
configuration limit, considering the
small physical size and large
t
Figure 1. Eagle 250 Chassis: Peripheral Mounting Bays
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Memory
The Eagle 250 supports a minimum of 8MB and a maximum of 256MB of main memory. Using a new,
flexible, memory architecture, the processor is equipped with two SIMM sockets. Any combination of
one or two PFB-00712-XX SIMMs can be installed. Upgrades are easy. If an Eagle 250 has one SIMM
installed and needs more memory, just add a second SIMM.
Table 2 below shows all allowable SIMM combinations.
Table 2. Eagle 250 Memory Configurator
Install these memory
SIMMs...
↓
↓
PFB-00712-08
8MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-16
16MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-32
32MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-64
64MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-C8
128MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-08
8MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-16
16MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-32
32MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-64
64MB Memory, 60ns
PFB-00712-C8
128MB Memory, 60ns
…to obtain this amount of Main Memory
8
16
16
24
32
32
40
48
64
64
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
1
*2
*1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
72
80
96
128
128
136
144
160
192
256
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
MB
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
*Example — You can make a 16MB system with two 8MB SIMMs or one 16MB SIMM.
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Serial I/O for the Eagle 250
The Eagle 250 comes equipped with eight DB-9 serial ports as standard. The processor board includes
three AM-318-10 style expansion slots. However, due to the physical limitations of the Eagle 250 rear
panel, only 16 additional RJ-45 style ports can be added, for a total of 24 serial ports. If the system is
optionally configured with all RJ-45 style ports, then a maximum of 32 serial ports can be installed. All
ports mount in 50-pin Centronics-style cutouts in the rear of the chassis. See Figure 2. This versatile
arrangement fits the full range of I/O boards in the AM-314 / AM-318 family.
Eight Standard Ports
The eight standard ports are driven directly from the system processor board. A cable leads from the
processor board to eight DB-9 ports in the rear panel. See (A) in Figure 2. The ports provide full
modem control and Super I/O compatibility. If optional AM-90 RJ-45 style ports are installed, then
those ports will have built-in lightning protection. RJ-45 pinouts are the same as those on an AM-359
card.
Optional Ports: AM-318-10
The AM-318-10 is a highly-featured, technically-advanced, serial I/O interface. The card provides eight
RJ-45 ports, with full modem control, Super I/O compatibility, and built-in lightning protection. See (B)
in Figure 2. For serial port configuration details, see the above section labeled Serial I/O for the Eagle
250.
Optional Ports: Older I/O Cards
For optimum fit with your existing customer sites and your existing parts inventory, we designed the
Eagle 250 to use older I/O cards as well as the current AM-318-10. See (C) in Figure 2. All of the
following are fully compatible:
AM-314 — The AM-314 provides four DB-9 serial ports. In the Eagle 250, each Centronics-style
cutout accommodates two DB-9 connectors. Two connectors mount in each DWF-20519-04 Adapter.
A set of four adapters comes with the Eagle 250 which are used to mount the standard eight DB-9’s;
order more if needed. You can add AM-90 boards for RJ-45 connectors and lightning protection
without any adapters.
AM-318-00 — The original AM-318 provides eight serial ports, presented to the user at a single RJ-21
50-pin Telco connector. The connector occupies one Centronics cutout.
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Rear panel
of Eagle 250
chassis
Eagle 250 supports up to
32 serial ports. Ports are
mounted in these eight
Centronics-style cutouts.
C
Eagle 250 also
accepts older I/O
cards. Each cutout
accommodates:
z Two DB-9 ports
A
(from AM-314),
or
z One RJ-21 telco
connector (from
AM-318)
Eight DB-9 serial
ports:
standard feature of
Eagle 250
B
AM-318-10 option provides
eight RJ-45 serial ports in
half as many slots.
Figure 2. Eagle 250 Serial Ports
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Parallel Port
The Eagle 250 is equipped with one DB-25 parallel port. See Figure 3. The port is functionally identical
to the parallel port on an Eagle 100.
Ethernet Port
Ethernet connectivity is a standard feature of the Eagle 250. One port is provided: an RJ-45 jack for
connection to a 10Base-T Ethernet.
The Eagle 250 uses an Ethernet controller-on-a-chip (National Semiconductor DP83902) integrated on
the processor board. The controller provides efficient, high-throughput operation at 10 megabits per
second.
UPS Monitoring Port
The Eagle 250 includes a dedicated DB-9 port for monitoring the switch contacts in an attached
uninterruptible power supply. See Figure 3. The switch contacts give basic UPS status information, such
as power fail and low battery. A separate connection, from the UPS to a serial port, is required if the
user wishes to observe software-monitored functions, such as load, voltage, and fault status.
External SCSI Port
The external SCSI port is the attachment point for a SCSI terminator or for the cable from an external
SCSI device. See following pages for configuration information.
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External SCSI
Connector —
Terminator, or cable
from external SCSI
device, attaches here.
Ethernet Ports
z 10BaseT (RJ-45)
Parallel Port
(DB-25)
UPS
Monitoring Port
(DB-9)
Figure 3. Eagle 250 Ports
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SCSI Support
The Eagle 250 incorporates our latest and most powerful SCSI technology, including the option of a
Wide SCSI bus for connection to high performance peripherals. This page explains your choice in
busses: Wide or Narrow. Configuration guidelines for individual SCSI devices start on page 13.
SCSI Busses: Wide vs. Narrow
The Eagle 250 includes a 32-bit bus-master SCSI controller, integrated on the processor board. As
standard, the board provides two interfaces from the controller to SCSI devices. One interface is a 50pin Narrow SCSI connector. The other is a 68-pin Wide SCSI connector. In an installed Eagle 250, a
bus cable runs from one, and only one, of the two connectors to all SCSI devices in the system. Your
choices are:
•
A 50-conductor SCSI cable is furnished when you order a Narrow SCSI Eagle 250 System, part
number SBC-EG250-01. This is the same type of SCSI cable used in earlier Eagle systems and in
Roadrunner 030 and 040 systems. The bus is one byte wide (8 bits plus parity) and supports a
maximum transfer rate of 10 megabytes per second.
•
A 68-conductor Wide SCSI cable is furnished when you order a Wide SCSI Eagle 250 System, part
number SBC-EG250-02. The Wide SCSI bus is two bytes wide and supports a maximum transfer
rate of 20MB per second. Disk-intensive applications are potentially faster with the Wide SCSI bus
and a Wide SCSI disk drive. Wide SCSI also has the advantage in multi-disk configurations.
Spreading a file and its index across two Wide SCSI disks, for example, boosts the performance
advantage of each disk.
The two bus cables are mutually exclusive. Mixes, with some devices on one bus and some on the other,
are not supported. Table 3 summarizes the characteristics of the two busses.
If You Order an Eagle 250 with Narrow SCSI (SBC-EG250-01):
An Eagle 250 in the Narrow SCSI configuration supports our familiar SCSI-2 disk drives (part number
PDB-00436-XX), tape streamers, DATs, and other Narrow SCSI peripherals.
The system will also accept Wide SCSI devices. Examples include Fast-Wide SCSI-2 disks, such as our
current series of PDB-00440-XX disk drives. Each such device requires a PDB-00440-90 Adapter to
mate with the 50-pin SCSI cable. In this environment, Fast-Wide devices will perform at about the same
speed as Narrow SCSI-2 devices.
If You Order an Eagle 250 with Wide SCSI System (SBC-EG250-02):
For maximum system throughput, order the Eagle 250 in the Wide SCSI configuration. Data moves in
and out of the disk buffers faster because the interface to the system is 16 bits wide, instead of the 8-bit
path used in SCSI-2 drives. The Wide SCSI bus cable provides 68-pin connectors that mate directly
with the 68-pin connectors on Fast-Wide SCSI-2 devices.
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The Wide SCSI bus also accommodates Ultra SCSI disk drives. With present Eagle 250 hardware and
software, Ultra SCSI drives provide the same performance as Fast-Wide SCSI-2 disk drives.
When you order a Wide SCSI Eagle 250, you’ll also need to order a PDB-00440-91 Adapter for each
Narrow SCSI-2 device, such as a 525MB or other prior model tape streamer. The adapter is a 50-to-68pin width-changer that lets Narrow devices connect to the Wide bus.
SCSI Devices for the Eagle 250
A wide choice of disks, tapes, and other SCSI devices helps tailor the Eagle 250 to specific site
requirements. Table 4 summarizes current offerings. The system supports up to five SCSI devices
mounted inside the system chassis (internal devices). Additional SCSI devices can be installed outside
the chassis (external devices).
General Configuration Guidelines
Each SCSI device requires mounting space and a connection to the SCSI bus. Table 4 shows the type of
connection that each device requires: Narrow SCSI or Wide SCSI. Mounting requirements are shown
for internal devices. See the Eagle 250 chassis diagram in Figure 1 for bay locations inside the chassis.
Configuring a Wide SCSI System
The electrical characteristics of the Wide SCSI bus, and the high bit-transmission rates it permits,
impose added configuration rules. The following should be noted:
1. With a standard Wide SCSI Eagle 250, the maximum length of external cabling, starting from the
external SCSI connector on the chassis, is three feet (91 cm). In practice that usually means
a
maximum of one external device.
2. Adding the optional AM-441-00 Wide SCSI Bus Repeater increases the maximum external cable
length to eight feet (243 cm). That amount of cabling will normally allow up to three external
devices.
3. If the external devices include a mix of Wide SCSI and Narrow SCSI, the external Narrow devices
must be grouped at the outboard end of the cabling, farthest from the chassis.
4. An external cable is standard with some devices and optional with others. We offer the cables listed
in Table 5. If you plan to supply your own cables, make sure they’re fabricated to SCSI-2 construction
standards.
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Table 3. Choice of SCSI Busses in the Eagle 250
Narrow SCSI Bus
Wide SCSI Bus
Availability
Standard in SBC-EG250-01
Eagle 250, Narrow SCSI
Standard in SBC-EG250-02
Eagle 250, Wide SCSI
Optional upgrade for system
originally with Narrow SCSI
Bus width
One byte (8 bits + parity)
Two bytes (16 bits + parity)
Maximum transfer rate
10 Mbytes/sec
20 Mbytes/sec
Maximum number of SCSI devices you
can connect to the bus
7 total, including internal and
external devices
Internal: 5 devices, maximum
External: Depends on cable
length; up to 8 feet allowed
with AM-441 SCSI Repeater.
Connectors on bus for attaching devices
50-pin
68-pin
Availability in the Eagle 250
Technology
Connection to SCSI Devices
How peripherals connect to the
bus:
Devices with 50-pin SCSI Connector
SCSI-2 disks (“Narrow disks”)
Streamer tapes, 2GB or less
DAT tapes
Other standard SCSI-2 devices
z
z
z
z
Devices with 68-pin Wide SCSI Conn.
z Fast-Wide SCSI-2 or UltraSCSI disks
External SCSI Connector
Í These devices connect
directly to the SCSI bus, same
as in Roadrunner 030 and 040
systems, Eagle 100, and earlier
Eagle systems.
Í Each device requires a
Each 50-pin device requires a
PDB-00440-91 Adapter to
connect to the Wide SCSI bus.
PDB-00440-90 Adapter to
connect to the SCSI bus.
Since these devices have a
68-pin data connector, they
connect directly to the 68-pin
Wide SCSI bus.
50-pin connector, same as in
Roadrunner and other Eagles.
Installation kit includes 50-pin
SCSI terminator.
68-pin Wide SCSI external
connector. Installation kit
includes 68-pin Wide SCSI
Active Terminator.
Wide SCSI disks will be no
faster than Narrow disks.
Not recommended: Wide SCSI
performance advantage will be
sacrificed.
Recommendations
What happens when Wide and Narrow
SCSI disk drives are installed in the
same system?
Your Decision — The Eagle 250 is available with either bus style. We recommend the following for maximum
performance:
z Order the Wide SCSI configuration: SBC-EG250-02.
z Order Wide SCSI disk drives (part number PDB-00440-XX).
z Order a PDB-00440-91 Adapter for each Narrow SCSI device in the system.
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Table 4. SCSI Devices for the Eagle 250*
Part Number
Description
Interface†
Mounting
Bay
Remarks
Internal Devices
PDB-00436-XX
SCSI-2 Disk Drives
N
50-pin
3.5"
See current AMOS price list for
compatible models
PDB-00440-XX
Fast-Wide SCSI-2 Disk Drives
W 68-pin
3.5"
See current AMOS price list for
compatible models
PDB-0062X-00
¼" Tape Streamers
N
50-pin
5.25"
See current AMOS price list for
compatible models
PDB-00649-XX
DAT Tape Drives
N
50-pin
5.25"
See current AMOS price list for
compatible models
PDB-00212-20
3.5" Diskette Drive, SCSI
N
50-pin
3.5"
Attaches to SCSI bus; no floppy
controller required
PDB-00401-51
CD-ROM, Internal, SCSI
N
50-pin
5.25"
PDB-00402-51
CD-Recorder, Internal, SCSI
N
50-pin
5.25"
PDB-00441-00
Wide SCSI Bus Repeater
W 68-pin
5.25"
Does not count as a ‘SCSI Device’
External Devices
PDB-00446-XX
AM-446 RAID Subsystem
PDB-00401-50
CD-ROM, External, SCSI
N
50-pin
PDB-00642-00
SCSI-to-Pertec Converter, Ext.
N
50-pin
N
W Either
- - - PDB-03501-00
W 68-pin
Portable CD-ROM players
AM-3501 Expansion
Subsystem
Not a SCSI device itself; provides
mounting for up to four half-height,
Wide or Narrow SCSI devices.
Connects to Wide or Narrow AMOS
host system.
For any external device on a Wide SCSI system:
do not use a cable longer than 3 ft unless the system
is equipped with a Wide SCSI Bus Repeater.
* As of July 2000. New devices, higher capacities, and more cost-effective configurations are constantly
being added. See Marketing Bulletins, or call your Order Administrator, for the latest information.
† N = Narrow SCSI bus; W = Wide SCSI bus.
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Table 5. External SCSI Cables
Use This Cable to Connect Chassis to Device
External SCSI
Connector on
Eagle 250 Chassis
Connector on
External
SCSI Device
Cable
Part Number
Description
68-pin
50-pin
PDB-00440-80
Cable, 50-pin Centronics to 68-pin Ext. SCSI, 3 ft.
68-pin
50-pin
PDB-00440-81
Cable, 50-pin Centronics to 68-pin Ext. SCSI, 6
ft.*
68-pin
68-pin
PDB-00440-82
Cable, Wide SCSI, 68-pin/Male, 68-pin Male, 6
ft.*
68-pin
68-pin
PDB-00440-83
Cable, Wide SCSI, 68-pin/Male, 68-pin Male, 3 ft.
*
To use a 6 ft. cable and stay within Wide SCSI cable guidelines, an Eagle 250 must be equipped
with the AM-441-00 Wide SCSI Bus Repeater.
________________________________________________________________________________
SCSI Diskette Drive
The Eagle 250 supports our SCSI-interface diskette drive, the AM-212-20, as an optional feature. The
drive has a Narrow SCSI (50-pin) interface that connects directly to the SCSI bus. No separate
controller is required.
Note: Diskette Drive Requires 5.25" Mounting Bay
Although the AM-212-20 diskette drive is a 3.5" device, the complete assembly,
including the mounting adapter for the drive, requires a 5.25" mounting bay in the
system chassis.
The AM-212-20 reads and writes 3.5" diskettes in all of the following formats:
•
•
•
•
AMOS 720MB 3.5" double density format
AMOS 1.44MB 3.5" high density format
PC 720MB 3.5" double density format
PC 1.44MB 3.5" high density format
The Eagle 250 does not support 5.25" diskettes. The Eagle 250 does not require — or support — the
AM-219 Floppy Controller.
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Software
AMOS 2.3A Operating System
The Eagle 250 runs under AMOS 2.3A and later versions of the AMOS operating system. If your
application is running under an earlier release and you’d like help in moving to 2.3A, please call the
Technical Assistance Center. We’re here to help you add still greater value to your application in the
Alpha Micro world.
TAME—TCP Management From Inside Your Application
The network software included with AMOS 2.3A includes AlphaTCP 1.5A, the latest version of our
AMOS-compatible implementation of the TCP/IP protocol family. AlphaTCP in turn includes TAME,
for TCP Access Made Easy. TAME lets you add TCP communication to any AlphaBASIC or AMOS
assembly language application. To access TCP from an assembly language program use a series of
monitor calls. From AlphaBASIC or AlphaBASIC PLUS use the TCP XCALL subroutine.
AlphaTCP 1.5A software and documentation are available on the AlphaCD (June, 2000 and later
versions). Documentation is also available at our Web site. For details of TAME, see latest revisions of
the AMOS Monitor Calls Manual and the AlphaBASIC XCALL Subroutine User’s Manual.
Free Software – Multi-Alpha Bonus Bundle
With the purchase of a new Eagle 250 we will include a special software bundle which includes MULTI,
AlphaWrite, AlphaCalc and AlphaMail – at no additional cost!
See the attached Reseller Supplement for details of this special offer.
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Upgrades & System Trade-ins
Users of older Alpha Micro Eagle computers can enjoy most benefits of the Eagle 250, at reduced
prices, by means of either the Eagle 250 Upgrade Program, or the Eagle 250 Trade-in Program. The
upgrade program offers field-installable upgrade kits for Eagle 100, 200 and 300 systems, while the
trade-in program allows you to trade-in virtually any AMOS system towards the purchase of a new
Eagle 250 system. (See the attached Reseller Supplement for program details and pricing).
Important Note: The Eagle 250 requires 60ns memory SIMMs to function correctly. Older 70ns
SIMMs cannot be used!
Upgrade Kits for Eagle 100, 200 & 300 Systems
These upgrades convert an Eagle 100, 200 or 300 system to either of two systems: an Eagle 250 with
Wide SCSI, or an Eagle 250 with Narrow SCSI. Each kit consists of a processor board, internal cabling
and hardware, and a replacement rear panel for the user’s existing deskside Eagle chassis. The processor
board contains the entire processor and I/O logic of an Eagle 250. The cabling provides a Narrow or
Wide SCSI bus, depending on the kit selected. The replacement rear panel provides mounting
arrangements for the Eagle 250’s port connectors.
Benefits of Upgrading
As with any upgrade, benefits depend on site circumstances. Factors include the user’s operating
system, application, number of users, and peripherals installed. The benefits shown in Table 6 should be
considered typical.
Table 6. Potential Benefits of an Eagle 250 Upgrade
Upgraded System
Potential Benefits
Higher performance: approximately 72% higher SI
rating
Higher performance: Wide SCSI bus support
Twice as many serial ports
Optional lightning protection on serial ports
More maximum memory capacity: up to 256MB
Built-in Ethernet
Substantially higher Ethernet throughput
Greater memory configuration flexibility
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Eagle 200
Eagle 300
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System Performance
Performance of the Eagle 250, like that of any computer, is application dependent. The best way to
determine actual throughput is to run an application and measure the results. If such a test isn’t
practical, benchmarks can provide a relative measurement.
The benchmarks in this bulletin are offered for general comparison analysis and example only. For
definitive measurements, VARs and end users should verify actual performance based upon their
specific applications and environments. The benchmarks we use give an overall indication of system
throughput. It’s important to note that the way your application software uses the system may produce
results different from those suggested by our benchmarks.
System Index (SI)
The SI benchmark measures processor and memory performance in the AMOS environment. The
measure is relative to the original WDC-based Alpha Micro computer, the AM-100, which was
arbitrarily assigned an SI of 1. See the table below; bigger numbers are better.
Keep in mind that the SI reflects processor speed only, not overall system performance as users will
experience it. Factors such as disk accessing and the effect of multiple users are not measured in this
rating.
Table 7. System Index (SI) Benchmark Results
for Various Alpha Micro Systems
SI
System Model
CPU
AM-100
WDC Chips
AM-1400
68010
6.1
AM-1600
68020
22.6
Falcon/AM-PC
68340
16.1
Eagle 100
68030
34.9
Eagle 300
68030
34.9
AM-3000 VME
68030
43.6
Eagle 250
ColdFire
59.9
AM-4000M
68040
66.1
Eagle 450
ColdFire
68.5
Eagle 500
68040
79.9
Super Eagle
68040
79.9
AM-6000/6060
68060-66
137.0
AM-7000
68060-75
191.8
Compute Index
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Eagle 250:
Approaches
performance of
an AM-4000M
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The Bottom Line
The Eagle 250 is an all-around standout: in technology, in features, in price/performance, and in
compatibility with today’s AMOS sites, systems and applications.
Information about the Eagle 250 will also be available on our all-AMOS Web site, www.amosonline.com.
We at Alpha Microsystems are continuing our commitment to our dealers, customers and the AMOS
community, to provide leading-edge technology with legacy application compatibility at affordable
prices. Welcome to the Eagle 250!
The Eagle 250 is shipping now!
Best regards,
Jack Chardi
Product Marketing Manager
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Notes
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The New Eagle 250 – Reseller Supplement AMB2000-26
Reseller Supplement
Text Not Accessible on the World Wide Web
The remaining text of this bulletin is not accessible at our World Wide Web site.
Printed copies are available to authorized resellers.
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