Ampro Corporation LittleBoard 550 Specifications

Ampro Corporation LittleBoard 550 Specifications
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This guide is for the person who designs computer related equipment, including but not limited to hardware and
software design and system integration. Ampro Computers, Inc. assumes you are qualified in designing and
implementing your hardware designs and its related software into your prototype computer equipment.
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Chapter 1
About This Manual .........................................................................................................1
Purpose of this Manual .......................................................................................................................1
Reference Material .............................................................................................................................1
Related Ampro Products ....................................................................................................................2
Chapter 2
Product Overview...........................................................................................................5
EPIC Architecture ...............................................................................................................................5
Product Description ............................................................................................................................6
ReadyBox Features........................................................................................................................7
I/O Panel Description .....................................................................................................................8
Power/IDE LED Definitions ............................................................................................................9
Specifications......................................................................................................................................9
Environmental Specifications .........................................................................................................9
Power Specifications ....................................................................................................................10
Cooling Fan Requirements...........................................................................................................10
Physical Specifications.................................................................................................................10
Mechanical Specifications ............................................................................................................11
Mounting Locations, Access Plates, and Covers .........................................................................13
Chapter 3
Installing ReadyBox Options ......................................................................................15
ReadyBoard Installation/Removal ....................................................................................................15
Tools Required .............................................................................................................................16
Installing ReadyBoard into ReadyBox..........................................................................................16
Connecting Remaining Cables.....................................................................................................20
Removing ReadyBoard from ReadyBox ......................................................................................22
Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) Installation....................................................................................................23
Tools Required .............................................................................................................................23
Removing HDD Tray and Installing IDE Cable ............................................................................23
Installing Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) ..................................................................................................26
Re-Installing the HDD Tray ..........................................................................................................27
CompactFlash Card Installation .......................................................................................................28
Tools Required .............................................................................................................................28
Installing the CompactFlash Card ................................................................................................28
Removing the CompactFlash Card ..............................................................................................30
Additional Cooling Fan Installation ...................................................................................................30
Tools Required .............................................................................................................................30
Installing the Additional Cooling Fan............................................................................................30
Removing the Additional Cooling Fan..........................................................................................31
Chapter 4
Hardware Reference ....................................................................................................33
Overview .......................................................................................................................................33
IDE HDD (2 ½”) Interface .................................................................................................................34
Parallel Interface...............................................................................................................................36
Serial Interface..................................................................................................................................38
USB Interface ...................................................................................................................................40
Audio Interface..................................................................................................................................41
Power Interface.................................................................................................................................42
ATX Power Supply .......................................................................................................................42
Power Switch................................................................................................................................43
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Appendix A Technical Support ....................................................................................................... 45
Index
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List of Figures
Figure 2-1. Stacking PC/104 Modules in ReadyBox (Side view)...................................................... 5
Figure 2-2. ReadyBox Enclosure ...................................................................................................... 6
Figure 2-3. I/O Panel Controls and Connectors................................................................................ 8
Figure 2-4. ReadyBox Width and Height Dimensions (Front view) ................................................ 11
Figure 2-5. ReadyBox Width and Depth Dimensions (Top view) ................................................... 11
Figure 2-6. ReadyBox Wall Mounting Dimensions (I/O Panel View) .............................................. 12
Figure 2-7. ReadyBox Surface or Benchtop Mounting Dimensions (Top view) ............................. 12
Figure 2-8. ReadyBox Mounting and PC/104 I/O Access Plate Locations..................................... 13
Figure 2-9. ReadyBox Cover Locations .......................................................................................... 14
Figure 3-1. Removing the ReadyBox Top Cover ............................................................................ 17
Figure 3-2. Separated Internal Cables............................................................................................ 17
Figure 3-3. Folding the Parallel Cable ............................................................................................ 18
Figure 3-4. ReadyBoard Positioned Under LAN Ports ................................................................... 19
Figure 3-5. ReadyBoard Over Chassis Standoffs........................................................................... 19
Figure 3-6. Installing Power and Serial Cables............................................................................... 21
Figure 3-7. Installing Audio and USB Cables.................................................................................. 21
Figure 3-8. Removing the HDD Tray Assembly.............................................................................. 24
Figure 3-9. Folding the IDE Cable .................................................................................................. 25
Figure 3-10. Attaching the IDE Cable ............................................................................................. 25
Figure 3-11. Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) Tray Exploded View............................................................... 26
Figure 3-12. Reinstalling the Hard Disk Drive Tray......................................................................... 27
Figure 3-13. Removing CompactFlash Protective Cover ............................................................... 29
Figure 3-14. Installing the CompactFlash Card .............................................................................. 29
Figure 3-15. Installing the Additional Cooling Fan .......................................................................... 31
Figure 4-1. RS485 Serial Port Implementation ............................................................................... 38
List of Tables
Table 2-1. Installed Connectors or Controls ..................................................................................... 8
Table 2-2. Connectors or Control/Indicator I/O Panel Openings ...................................................... 9
Table 2-3. Power/IDE Activity LED Indicators................................................................................... 9
Table 2-4. Environmental Requirements .......................................................................................... 9
Table 2-5. Power Supply Specifications ......................................................................................... 10
Table 2-6. Additional Cooling Fan Required ................................................................................... 10
Table 2-7. Weight and Footprint Dimensions.................................................................................. 10
Table 2-8. Access Plate Dimensions .............................................................................................. 13
Table 3-1. ReadyBox Hardware Kit ................................................................................................ 15
Table 4-1. Primary IDE Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions .............................................................. 34
Table 4-2. Parallel Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions...................................................................... 36
Table 4-3. Serial 3 Port Connector Pin/Signal Descriptions ........................................................... 38
Table 4-4. Serial 4 Port Connector Pin/Signal Descriptions ........................................................... 39
Table 4-5. USB 2 Port Pin/Signal Descriptions............................................................................... 40
Table 4-6. USB 3 Port Pin/Signal Descriptions............................................................................... 40
Table 4-7. Audio Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions ........................................................................ 41
Table 4-8. ATX Power Supply Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions ................................................... 42
Table 4-9. ATX Power Interface to Power Adapter Pin Configuration ............................................ 42
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Table 4-10. Utility Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions .......................................................................43
Table A-1. Technical Support Contact Information .........................................................................45
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About This Manual
Purpose of this Manual
This manual is for designers of systems based on the Ampro ReadyBoard™ series of single board
computers (SBCs) and the Ampro ReadyBox™ enclosure. This manual contains information that
permits designers and integrators to create an embedded system based on system level requirements.
Information provided in this user guide manual includes:
• ReadyBox specifications
• Environmental requirements
• ReadyBox connector/pin numbers and definition
• ReadyBox Installation instructions
• ReadyBox assembly and board mounting instructions
• PC/104 Expansion I/O cutouts
Information not provided in this user guide manual includes:
• ReadyBoard information or operation
• BIOS Setup information
Reference Material
The following list of reference materials may be helpful for you to complete your integration design
successfully. Most of this reference material is also available on the Ampro web site in the Embedded
Design Resource Center. The Embedded Design Resource Center was created for embedded system
developers to share Ampro’s knowledge, insight, and expertise gained from years of experience.
Specifications
• EPIC Specification Revision 1.1, July 16, 2004
Web site: http://www.epic-sbc.org/images/pdfs/EPICspec.pdf
• PC/104 Specification Revision 2.5, November 2003
For latest revision of the PC/104 specifications, contact the PC/104 Consortium, at:
Web site: http://www.pc104.org
Reference Manuals and QuickStart Guides
• ReadyBoard 550 Reference Manual and ReadyBoard 550 QuickStart Guide
• ReadyBoard 560 Reference Manual and ReadyBoard 560 QuickStart Guide
• ReadyBoard 700 Reference Manual and ReadyBoard 700 QuickStart Guide
• ReadyBoard 710 Reference Manual and ReadyBoard 710 QuickStart Guide
• ReadyBoard 800 Reference Manual and ReadyBoard 800 QuickStart Guide
Support Information
• ReadyBox product (mechanical) dimensions
Web site: http://www.ampro.com
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Related Ampro Products
Ampro provides the following choices for you to implement your ReadyBox based system.
Ampro ReadyBoard Products
• ReadySystem™
The ReadySystem is a high performance, low cost turnkey system that comes with a specific
ReadyBoard SBC installed into a ReadyBox enclosure with SODIMM memory, plus a 2 ½” hard
disk drive pre-loaded with Linux® or another operating system. The ReadySystem provides all of
the ReadyBoard product’s standard PC-style connectors accessible on the front I/O panel, plus adds
PC-style connectors for two additional serial ports (4 total), two additional USB ports (4 total), one
parallel port connector, three audio connectors, and a slot for a CompactFlash card. You can install
up to two PC/104, PCI-104, or PC/104-Plus expansion boards into the ReadySystem. The
ReadySystem comes pre-tested and ready for application loading to provide customers with the
fastest possible deployment of their embedded applications. Refer to the specific ReadySystem
Users Guide on the web site or the Documentation and Support Software (Doc & SW) CD-ROM
provided with the first system shipment (only) for more information.
• ReadyBoard™ 550 – This EPIC single board computer (SBC) used for high volume embedded
applications provides designers with a low cost, low-power choice of high performance processors
with the VIA Eden™ 1GHz ESP 10000, 533MHz ESP 5000, or 300MHz ESP 3000 CPUs.
In addition to the standard ReadyBoard features (4.5” x 6.5” form factor, PC-style connectors,
PC/104-Plus, +5 volt only power, etc.), the ReadyBoard 550 supports two primary IDE drives, one
CompactFlash Socket on secondary IDE, eight GPIO pins, four RS232 serial ports with the
RS485/RS422 option for two ports, dual 10/100BaseT Ethernet interfaces, four USB 1.1 ports,
IrDA, and AC’97 sound ports. It also supports up to 512MB of SDRAM in an SODIMM socket
and up to 32MB UMA of AGP 4X video with built-in LVDS, CRT, and 36-bit TFT support.
• ReadyBoard™ 560 – This EPIC single board computer (SBC) used for high volume embedded
applications provides designers with a low cost, low-power alternative to the high cost of high
performance processors. Through the use of advanced chipset technology with the VIA Eden 1GHz
ESP 10000 CPU, the ReadyBoard 560 provides DDR memory, USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and
advanced AGP 8x video. In addition to the standard ReadyBoard features (4.5” x 6.5” form factor,
PC-style connectors, PCI-104, +5 volt only power, etc.), the ReadyBoard 560 supports two primary
IDE drives, one CompactFlash Socket on secondary IDE, eight GPIO pins, four RS232 serial ports
with the RS485/RS422 option for two ports, 10/100BaseT and 1000BaseT Gigabit Ethernet
interfaces, four USB 2.0 ports, IrDA, and AC’97 sound ports. It also supports up to 1GB of DDR
SDRAM in an SODIMM socket and up to 64MB UMA of AGP 8X video with built-in LVDS,
CRT, and 36-bit TFT support.
• ReadyBoard™ 700 – This EPIC single board computer (SBC) is used for high volume embedded
applications and provides designers with a low cost, low-power choice of high performance Intel
933MHz LV Pentium® III, 650MHz LV Celeron®, or 400MHz UL Celeron processors.
In addition to the standard ReadyBoard features (4.5” x 6.5” form factor, PC-style connectors,
PC/104-Plus, +5 volt only power, etc.), the ReadyBoard 700 supports two primary IDE drives,
one CompactFlash Socket on secondary IDE, eight GPIO pins, four RS232 serial ports with the
RS485/RS422 option for two ports, dual 10/100BaseT Ethernet interfaces, four USB 1.1 ports,
IrDA, and AC’97 sound ports. It also supports up to 512MB of SDRAM in an SODIMM socket
and up to 32MB UMA of AGP 4X video with built-in LVDS, CRT, and 36-bit TFT support.
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• ReadyBoard™ 710 – This EPIC single board computer (SBC) used for high volume embedded
applications provides designers with a low cost, low-power alternative to the high cost of high
performance processors. Through the use of advanced chipset technology with the Intel 650MHz
LV Celeron CPU, the ReadyBoard 710 provides DDR memory, USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet
and advanced AGP 8x video. In addition to the standard ReadyBoard features (4.5” x 6.5” form
factor, PC-style connectors, PCI-104, +5 volt only power, etc.), the ReadyBoard 710 supports two
primary IDE drives, one CompactFlash Socket on secondary IDE, eight GPIO pins, four RS232
serial ports with the RS485/RS422 option for two ports, 10/100BaseT and 1000BaseT Gigabit
Ethernet interfaces, four USB 2.0 ports, IrDA, and AC’97 sound ports. It also supports up to 1GB
of DDR SDRAM in an SODIMM socket and up to 64MB UMA of AGP 8X video with built-in
LVDS, CRT, and 36-bit TFT support.
• ReadyBoard™ 800 – This EPIC single board computer (SBC) is used for high volume embedded
applications and provides designers with a low cost, low-power choice of high performance Intel
1.4GHz LV Pentium M 738, 1.1GHz LV Pentium M, or 600MHz ULV Celeron M processor. In
addition to the standard ReadyBoard features (4.5” x 6.5” form factor, PC-style connectors,
PC/104-Plus, +5 volt only power, etc.), the ReadyBoard 800 supports two primary IDE drives,
one CompactFlash Socket on secondary IDE, eight GPIO pins, four RS232 serial ports with the
RS485/RS422 option for two ports, Gigabit 1000BaseT and 10/100BaseT Ethernet interfaces,
four USB 2.0 ports, IrDA, and AC’97 sound ports. It also supports up to 1GB of DDR RAM in
an SODIMM socket and up to 64MB UMA of AGP 4X video with built-in LVDS and CRT
support.
Other Ampro Products
• CoreModule™ Family – These complete embedded-PC subsystems on single PC/104 or PC/104Plus form-factor (3.6x3.8 inches) modules feature 486, VIA Eden ESPs, Celeron, and Celeron M
CPUs. Each CoreModule includes a full complement of PC core logic functions, plus disk
controllers, and serial and parallel ports. Most modules also include CRT and flat panel graphics
controllers and/or an Ethernet interface. The CoreModules also come with built-in extras to meet
the critical reliability requirements of embedded applications. These include onboard solid state
disk compatibility, watchdog timer, smart power monitor, and Ampro embedded BIOS
extensions.
• LittleBoard™ Family – These high-performance, highly integrated single-board computers use
the EBX form factor (5.75x8.00 inches), and are available with the Intel Pentium M or Celeron
M, Pentium III and Celeron, and VIA Eden processors. The EBX-compliant LittleBoard singleboard computers offer functions equivalent to a complete laptop or desktop PC system, plus
several expansion cards. Built-in extras to meet the critical requirements of embedded
applications include onboard solid state disk capability, watchdog timer, smart power monitor,
and Ampro embedded BIOS extensions.
• MiniModule™ Family – This extensive line of peripheral interface modules compliant with
PC/104 and PC/104-Plus standards can be used with Ampro CoreModule, LittleBoard, and
ReadyBoard single-board computers to configure embedded system solutions. Ampro's highly
reliable MiniModule products currently support USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), Ethernet, PC
Card expansion, analog/data acquisition, additional RS232/RS485 serial ports, and generalpurpose I/O (GPIO).
• ETX Family – These high-performance, compact, rugged Computer-on-Module (COM) solutions
use various x86 processors from VIA Eden ESP to Pentium M CPUs in an ETX Revision 2.6
form factor to plug into your custom baseboard. Each ETX module provides standard
peripherals, including dual Ultra/DMA 33/66/100 IDE, floppy drive interface, PCI bus, ISA bus,
serial, parallel, PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, USB ports, Video,
and AC’97 sound. ETX modules support up to 512MB or more of SODIMM DRAM. Optional
–40°C to +85°C operation, along with tall FX8C connectors, and a 50% thicker PCB are
available to meet your rugged application requirements.
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• EnCore™ Family – These high-performance, compact, rugged Computer-on-Module (COM)
solutions use various processor technologies including x86, MIPS®, and PowerPC™
architectures to plug into your custom baseboard. Each EnCore module provides standard
peripherals, including Ultra/DMA 33/66/100 IDE, floppy drive interface, PCI bus, serial, parallel,
PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, and USB ports. Some EnCore
modules also provide video and AC’97 sound. Depending on the model, EnCore modules
support up to 256MB or 512MB of SODIMM DRAM. Extended temperature support up to
+85°C is available.
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Product Overview
This product overview presents general information about the EPIC Architecture and the ReadyBox
enclosure. After reading this chapter you should understand:
• EPIC architecture
• ReadyBox features
• I/O Panel features and connectors
• Specifications
• ReadyBox construction
• ReadyBox mounting dimensions
EPIC Architecture
In 2004, five companies collaborated to fill the void between the EBX size and the PC/104 size with a
new industry standard form factor (115mm x 165mm, or ≈ 4.5” x 6.5”) called “Embedded Platform for
Industrial Computing (EPIC).” The EPIC standard principally defines physical size, mounting hole
pattern, and power connector locations. It does not specify processor type or electrical characteristics.
There are recommended connector placements for serial/parallel, Ethernet, graphics, and memory
expansion, including an optional location for PC Card (PCMCIA) expansion. This embedded SBC
standard ensures that embedded system OEMs can standardize their designs and that embedded
computing solutions can be designed into even more space constrained environments than ever before.
The EPIC standard boasts the same highly flexible and adaptable system expansion as EBX, allowing
easy and modular addition of functions such as USB 2.0, Firewire or wireless networking not usually
contained in standard product offerings. The EBX system expansion is based on popular existing
industry standards, PC/104™, PC/104-Plus™, and PCI-104™. PC/104 places the ISA bus on compact
3.6” x 3.8” modules with self-stacking capability. PC/104-Plus adds the power of a PCI bus to PC/104
while retaining the basic form-factor, but PCI-104 expansion cards only provide the PCI Bus to the
PC/104 form-factor. Using PC/104 expansion cards, an EPIC board can be easily adapted to meet a
variety of embedded applications.
The EPIC standard also brings stability to the mid-sized embedded board market and offers OEMs
assurance that a wide range of products will be available from multiple sources – now and in the future.
The EPIC specification is freely available to all interested companies, and may be used without licenses
or royalties. For further technical information on the EPIC standard, visit the web site at
http://www.epic-sbc.org. See Figure 2-1.
M3 P0.5 Screws (4)
PC/104 Module
Access Plate B
0.6”/15mm
Spacers (4)
ISA Bus
Stackthrough
Connectors
PC/104-Plus Module
PCI Stackthrough
Connectors
Front Panel
I/O
Connectors
0.8”/20mm
Spacers (4)
ReadyBoard (EPIC-Compatible)
Built-In Standoffs (8)
(M3 P0.5 Thread)
RdyBxstackthru
Figure 2-1. Stacking PC/104 Modules in ReadyBox (Side view)
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Product Description
The ReadyBox is a small enclosure for Ampro’s ReadyBoard products and will accept any Ampro
ReadyBoard SBC. Embedded systems using the ReadyBox can be expanded through the PC/104,
PC/104-Plus, or PCI-104 expansion buses found on Ampro’s ReadyBoard SBCs for additional system
I/O. These busses offer compact, self-stacking, modular expandability.
The PC/104 bus is an embedded system version of the signal set provided on a desktop PC's ISA bus.
The PC/104-Plus bus includes this signal set, and in addition, signals implementing a PCI bus, available
on an additional 120-pin (4 rows of 30 pins) PCI expansion bus connector. This PCI bus operates at
clock speeds up to 33MHz. The PCI-104 bus only carries the PCI signal set and is primarily used with
PCI-104 compatible expansion boards. The PCI-104 bus can also be used with some PC/104-Plus
boards, and with the help of a special expansion ISA bus adapter board (MiniModule ISA) can be used
with PC/104 boards.
RdyBox_01a
The ReadyBox is particularly well suited to embedded applications and meets the size, power
consumption, temperature range, quality, and reliability demands of many embedded systems.
ReadyBox
Top Cover
ReadyBox
I/O Panel
Connectors with
Internal Cables
for ReadyBoard
Headers
Momentary
Power Switch
AC Power In
Connector
Internal ATX
Power Supply
Connector/Indicator
Openings for ReadyBoard
CompactFlash Card
Cover and Opening
Removable Tray for
Internal 2 ½” Hard Disk Drive
Access Plate B
Access Plate A
Access Plates cover
access openings to
PC/104 Cards.
Figure 2-2. ReadyBox Enclosure
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ReadyBox Features
• Compact size
• Quiet operation
• Accepts any Ampro ReadyBoard SBC
• Brings all ReadyBoard I/O to a single I/O panel
• Accepts two PC/104 expansion boards
• Easy access openings for PC/104 expansion board connectors or cabling
• Accepts any capacity 2 ½” Hard Disk Drive
• Mechanical
♦
Flexible mounting – Wall or Benchtop (Surface)
♦
All cabling provided internally
• Certification
♦
Conforms to EMI Standards
♦
Designed for UL/CSA/CE Approval (depends on the exact system assembled)
• Power
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Momentary Power On/Off switch
♦
150W ATX power supply built in
♦
110/220V +/-10%, @ 50/60Hz, Auto-sense input
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I/O Panel Description
Table 2-1 describes the connectors or controls on the I/O panel provided with the ReadyBox, and shown
in Figure 2-3. Refer to Chapter 3, Installing ReadyBox Options for connector installation.
Table 2-1. Installed Connectors or Controls
Control/Connector Description
Power Switch
This momentary push button Power switch controls AC power and is provided
with the ReadyBox along with its internal cable. The integrator must connect
it to the ReadyBoard through a 2-wire, 5-pin connector at the Utility connector.
AC Power In
This 3-prong connector is part of the internal ATX power supply and accepts
100-240 VAC, +/- 10% @ 50/60 Hz
Power Supply Fan
This fan is part of the internal ATX power supply and provides cooling to the
power supply.
Parallel
This 25-pin connector and its internal cable are provided with the ReadyBox.
The integrator must connect it to the ReadyBoard Floppy/Parallel connector.
MIC, Line In,
Line Out
These three 2-pin connectors and the respective cable are provided with the
ReadyBox. The integrator must connect these to the Audio In/Out connector
on the ReadyBoard.
COM 3 & COM 4
These two 9-pin connectors and the respective cables are provided with the
(Serial 3 & Serial 4) ReadyBox. The integrator must connect these to the ReadyBoard Serial B
connector.
USB 2 & 3
These two 4-pin connectors and the respective cables are provided with the
ReadyBox. The integrator must connect these to the ReadyBoard USB header.
Hard Disk Drive
(2 ½”) Tray
This HDD tray assembly, provided with the ReadyBox, will hold a 2 ½” hard
disk drive with a 44-pin connector along with its shock mounting.
CompactFlash
cover and slot
This CompactFlash cover and slot (not shown) provided with the ReadyBox,
ensures good EMI shielding and protects the CompactFlash card if installed.
Audio (3)
USB 2 /
USB 3
COM 3/
COM 4
COM 1/
COM 2
LAN 1/
LAN 2
USB 0/
USB 1
Power LED
RdyBox_02a
Parallel
USB2/USB3
MIC
LINE IN
PARALLEL
LINE OUT
COM 4
COM 2
COM 3
COM 1
CRT
POWER
HDD
RESET
COMPACT FLASH
Power AC Power Power
Switch Input
Supply
Fan
CRT CompactFlash Hard Disk Drive Keyboard/ Reset IDE
(2 ½”) Tray
Switch Activity
(VGA) Slot Cover
Mouse
LED
Figure 2-3. I/O Panel Controls and Connectors
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Table 2-2 describes the connector, control, or indicator openings in the I/O panel provided with the
ReadyBoard SBC, and shown in Figure 2-3.
Table 2-2. Connectors or Control/Indicator I/O Panel Openings
Access Opening
Description
Power-On LED
This power-on indicator is provided on the ReadyBoard.
HDD Activity LED
This IDE activity indicator shows when there is I/O activity for the IDE hard
drive or CompactFlash card and is provided on the ReadyBoard.
Reset Switch
This reset switch is provided on the ReadyBoard. Pressing the Reset switch
supplies a ground signal on the reset line causing a hard reset.
Keyboard/Mouse
This 6-pin single PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse connector is provided on the
ReadyBoard. It requires a dual PS/2 output cable provided in the ReadyBoard
SBC QuickStart kit.
USB 0 & 1
These two 4-pin USB type A connectors are provided on the ReadyBoard.
LAN 1 (Ethernet 1)
This 8-pin RJ45 connector is provided on the ReadyBoard.
LAN 2 (Ethernet 2)
This 8-pin or 10-pin RJ45 connector is provided on the ReadyBoard.
Video (CRT VGA)
This 15-pin DB15 connector is provided on the ReadyBoard.
COM 1 & COM 2
(Serial 1 & Serial 2)
These two 9-pin DB9 connectors are provided on the ReadyBoard.
CompactFlash
socket
The CompactFlash socket (not shown) is provided on the underside of the
ReadyBoard and accepts the CompactFlash card through the opening in the
I/O panel of the ReadyBox, if installed.
Power/IDE LED Definitions
Table 2-3 provides the LED colors and definitions for the Power On and IDE drive activity LEDs.
See Figure 2-3. Refer to the specific ReadyBoard SBCfor the Ethernet LED activity.
Table 2-3. Power/IDE Activity LED Indicators
LED#
On
Off
Power On LED
Steady Green = Power On
Steady Off = Power Off
IDE Activity LED
Flashing Yellow = IDE activity
(2 ½” IDE drive or CompactFlash)
Steady Off = No IDE activity
Specifications
Environmental Specifications
Table 2-4 provides the most efficient operating and storage condition ranges required for the
ReadyBoard SBC installed into the ReadyBox.
Table 2-4. Environmental Requirements
Parameter
Conditions
Temperature
Operating
+0°to+50°C (32°to+122°F)
Storage
–20°to+75°C (–4°to+167°F)
Humidity
ReadyBox
Operating
5% to 95% relative humidity, non-condensing
Non-operating
5% to 95% relative humidity, non-condensing
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Power Specifications
Table 2-5 list the power specifications of the ATX power supply installed in the ReadyBox.
Table 2-5. Power Supply Specifications
Parameter
Description
Input Type
Auto ranging, 100-240 VAC, +/-10%, @ 50/60 Hz
Output Type
Regulated DC voltages
+3.3VDC +/-5% @ 10A Max (Not used by the ReadyBoard)
+5VDC +/-5% @ 14A Max
+12VDC +/-5% @ 4.2A Max (Required for the Enclosure fan, and
used as an option on some ReadyBoards)
-12VDC +/-10% @ 0.3A Max (Not used by the ReadyBoard)
+5VDC Standby +/-5% @ 2A Max
Output Power MAX
150W (Output of +3.3V and +5V not to exceed 85W)
Cooling Fan Requirements
The ReadyBox only requires an additional cooling fan installed in the enclosure for specific
ReadyBoard SBCs. Only the ReadyBoard SBCs listed in Table 2-6 require an additional fan
installed in the enclosure. Refer to Chapter 3, Installing ReadyBox Options for more information and
installation instructions.
Table 2-6. Additional Cooling Fan Required
Model
CPU Types Requiring Enclosure Fan
ReadyBoard 550
VIA Eden ESP 10000
ReadyBoard 560
VIA Eden ESP 10000
ReadyBoard 700
Intel Celeron, 650MHz LV
ReadyBoard 710
ReadyBoard 800
Intel Pentium III, 933MHz LV
Intel Celeron, 650MHz LV
Intel Pentium M, 1.1GHz LV
Intel Pentium M, 1.4GHz LV
Physical Specifications
Table 2-7 gives the physical dimensions of the ReadyBox as shown in Figures 2-4 and 2-5, and the
mounting dimensions in Figures 2-6 and 2-7.
Table 2-7. Weight and Footprint Dimensions
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Parameters
Measurements
(Enclosure Only)
Additional Measurements
Weight
2.95kg (6.5lb)
Height
115mm (4.52”)
123mm (4.84”) with plastic feet
Width
280mm (11.02”)
319.8mm (12.59”) with mounting brackets
Depth
180mm (7.08”)
195.50mm (7.69”) HDD Tray handle
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Mechanical Specifications
Figures 2-4 through 2-7 show the ReadyBox dimensions, mounting and access plate locations, cover
locations, and the mounting dimensions.
280mm
11.02”
USB2/USB3
Access Plate A
MIC
LINE IN
COM 4
COM 2
COM 3
COM 1
CRT
POWER
HDD
RESET
123mm
4.84”
115mm
4.52”
PARALLEL
LINE OUT
COMPACT FLASH
I/O Panel
RdyBox_02b
Figure 2-4. ReadyBox Width and Height Dimensions (Front view)
Mounting Surface (Rear)
Top View
I/O Panel (Front)
195.50mm
7.69”
180mm
7.08”
280mm
11.02”
RdyBox_03a
Figure 2-5. ReadyBox Width and Depth Dimensions (Top view)
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90mm
3.54”
Wall Mounting
*300mm Max
*11.81” Max
RdyBox_02c
*319mm Max
*12.56” Max
257.6mm
10.14”
69.8mm
2.75”
I/O Panel View
9.8mm
0.38”
3.9mm
0.15”
Through the Enclosure View
20.1mm
0.79”
1/4 - 20 UNC (4)
*Note: Can subtract up to 1.75mm (0.068”) from both ends due to hole size in mounting bracket placement.
Figure 2-6. ReadyBox Wall Mounting Dimensions (I/O Panel View)
90mm
3.54”
Benchtop or Surface Mounting
*300.8mm Max
*11.84” Max
RdyBox_03b
*319.8mm Max
*12.59” Max
258mm
10.57”
69.8mm
2.75”
Top Cover View
9.8mm
0.38”
3.9mm
0.15”
20.1mm
0.79”
Through the Enclosure View
1/4 - 20 UNC (4)
*Note: Can subtract up to 1.75mm (0.068”) from both ends due to hole size in mounting bracket placement.
Figure 2-7. ReadyBox Surface or Benchtop Mounting Dimensions (Top view)
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Mounting Locations, Access Plates, and Covers
Figures 2-8 and 2-9 provide the mounting plate, access plate, and cover locations. The four optional
plastic feet with screws are also shown in Figure 2-8.
1/4 - 20 UNC Screws (4)
Wall or Bechtop
Mounting Plates (2)
(shown as wall mounts)
M3P0.5 Screws (4)
(Flat Head, 3mm)
Wall or Benchtop
Mounting Plates (2)
(shown as benchtop mounts)
1/4 - 20 UNC Screws (4)
Plastic Feet (4)
M3P0.5 Screws (4)
(6mm, No Washers)
RdyBox_04a
Access Plate B
(PC/104 Boards)
Access Plate A
(PC/104 Boards)
Figure 2-8. ReadyBox Mounting and PC/104 I/O Access Plate Locations
NOTE
The two access plates (A & B), shown in Figure 2-8 (used for PC/104
input/output connections) are not the same width. See Table 2-8.
Table 2-8. Access Plate Dimensions
Access Plate A
Access Plate B
Width
114.53mm (4.509”)
105.62mm (4.158”)
Height
32.51mm (1.28”)
32.51mm (1.28”)
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Top Cover
M3 P0.5 Screws (7)
(Flat Head, 3mm)
Lip formed by
Z-Bracket on
underside of
Top Cover
CompactFlash
Protective Cover
(RFI Shield)
ReadyBox
Enclosure
M3 P0.5 Screws (2)
(Flat Head, 3mm)
RdyBox_05a
Enclosure
Fan (Shown
Installed)
Figure 2-9. ReadyBox Cover Locations
CAUTION
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To prevent damage to the top cover after removing the seven
screws, you must slide the top cover to the left before lifting the
top cover off the enclosure, due to the Z-bracket lip.
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This chapter describes the installation of the ReadyBoard SBC into the ReadyBox along with the various
ReadyBox options. Please refer to the Reference Manual and QuickStart Guide mentioned in Chapter 1,
for the specific ReadyBoard SBC your are installing into the ReadyBox.
ReadyBoard Installation/Removal
Refer to the following table for the specific items listed in the ReadyBox hardware kit and where the
item will be used in the ReadyBox or ReadyBoard installation.
Table 3-1. ReadyBox Hardware Kit
No.
Description
Where Used
1
(1) Power Cord, US
AC input connector for 110 to 120 VAC 60 Hz
2
(1) Power Cord, European
AC input connector for 220 to 240 VAC 50 Hz
3
(1) System Fan,
40x40x20mm, 12V
Installed inside the enclosure for specific ReadyBoards
requiring additional cooling. See Table 2-6.
4
(4) Fan Screws, (Self-tapping,
M4.5, 8mm, Flat Head)
These self-tapping screws are installed thorough the enclosure
wall into the hard plastic of the fan assembly.
5
(4) Standoffs, 0.6" (15mm)
(M3P0.5 thread size)
If you install a second PC/104 type expansion board onto the
first PC/104 or PC/104-Plus card, you will use the 0.6" (15mm)
standoffs between the two boards. The first PC/104 type board
installed on the ReadyBoard requires the 0.8” (20mm)
standoffs provided with the ReadyBoard QuickStart Kit.
6
(2) Brackets, Wall Mount or
Surface Mount
These Wall or Surface Mounts are connected to specific
locations on the enclosure.
7
(4) Mounting Bracket Screws Mounting screws for wall or surface mounting
(1/4-20 UNC, Round Head)
8
(4) Feet, Plastic – Benchtop
or Desktop Use
Mounted to bottom of the enclosure near the four corners of the
ReadyBox enclosure.
9
(4) Screws, Plastic Feet, (No
Washers, M3P0.5, 6mm)
Screws used for the securing plastic feet to bottom of enclosure.
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(8) Screws, Mounting
(M3P0.5, 6mm, Washers)
These screws are used for securing the ReadyBoard to eight
standoffs on the enclosure shelf.
In the event a PC/104 card is installed, only four screws are
used to secure it to the ReadyBoard. The 0.8” (20mm)
standoffs from the ReadyBoard QuickStart kit are inserted into
the PC/104 mounting holes on the ReadyBoard. The
remaining screws are used to secure the PC/104 or PC/104Plus card(s) to the ReadyBoard.
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(3) Cable Tie wraps
These cable tie wraps are provided for securing the wires and
cables inside the enclosure. The cable tie wraps can be used
with the cable tie mounting pads to secure the cables/wires to a
flat surface.
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(2) Cable Tie Mounting,
Plastic (Self-adhesive)
Used to secure the cables/wires with the cable tie wraps to a
flat surface.
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(1) Cable Mounting Bracket
Optional, (Metal)
Used to secure the 44-pin IDE cable under the enclosure shelf.
However, access to the underside of the mounting shelf is
difficult without removing the back cover.
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Tools Required
Use these tools to install and remove the ReadyBoard into or out of the ReadyBox.
• Small to medium Phillips screwdriver
• Anti-static service kit - Use a complete anti-static service kit (or the equivalent) to remove or
install the ReadyBoard. A complete anti-static service kit should include a static-dissipating
work surface, a chassis clip lead, and a wrist or ankle strap.
NOTE
There are two methods of installing the ReadyBoard into the ReadyBox
enclosure, but only one method is described here. Each method has its
merits and ease of installation, but the method described here is the more
basic of the two, and hopefully will be less confusing.
The first method, and the one described here, requires you to fold and lay
the Parallel cable in its path under the ReadyBoard, connecting it to the
board, and then install the ReadyBoard into the enclosure, where you will
connect the remaining cables to the board.
The second method requires you to connect most of the cables to the
ReadyBoard in the correct installation order and then install the board
into the enclosure with most of the cables attached. The Parallel cable
must be installed first, as it must be folded and laid in a path under the
ReadyBoard to the floppy/parallel connector on the edge of the board.
Installing ReadyBoard into ReadyBox
1. Prepare the ReadyBox and ReadyBoard for installation.
♦
If the ReadyBox is already prepared for ReadyBoard installation, with the top cover removed,
the parallel cable in the correct position, and the power cord disconnected, skip to Step 7.
This includes installing the correct size SODIMM onto the ReadyBoard, since you will not
have access to the SODIMM socket once the ReadyBoard is installed into the ReadyBox.
♦
If the ReadyBox is not ready for the ReadyBoard installation, continue with the next step.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard, ensure the power cord has
been removed from the power source. The ATX power supply
inside the ReadyBox will continue to provide standby current to the
connectors until the power cord is disconnected.
2. Disconnect the power cord from the AC power source.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the Top Cover after removing the seven screws,
you must slide the top cover to the left before lifting the Top Cover off
the enclosure, due to the Z-Bracket Lip.
3. Remove the seven screws holding the top cover to the ReadyBox and then slide the cover to the
left as shown in Figure 3-1.
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M3 P0.5 Screws (7)
(Flat Head, 3mm)
RdyBox_01b
Remove Top Cover
Figure 3-1. Removing the ReadyBox Top Cover
4. Move the internal cables out of the way to allow installation of the ReadyBoard. See Figure 3-2.
If this is the first time the ReadyBox is being used for ReadyBoard installation, disconnect the
shipping tie wraps holding the internal cables and move the cables out of the way.
Audio In/Out
Cable
RdyBox_12a
USB 2 & 3 Cable
COM3 &
COM4 Cable
Parallel Cable
ATX Power
Supply
Connector
ATX Adapter
Connector
Enclosure
Fan Cable
Power In
Cable to
ReadyBoard
Power On
Cable to
ReadyBoard
Figure 3-2. Separated Internal Cables
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5. Locate the Parallel cable inside the ReadyBox and gently fold it as shown in Figures 3-2 and 3-3,
before continuing.
The Parallel cable must be positioned under the ReadyBoard to reach the floppy/parallel
connector on the far right edge of the board while in the enclosure. See Figure 3-2.
I/O Panel
Parallel Cable
RdyBox_Parallel
26-pin Connector
25-pin Parallel Port
Sharp Curve
Pin-1 Red Stripe
Folded Over at 90° Angle
Figure 3-3. Folding the Parallel Cable
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the static sensitive components on the
ReadyBoard, ensure you follow good Electrostatic Discharge
principles. Components on the ReadyBoard are sensitive to static
electricity and can be easily damaged by improper handling. Do the
following when handling the ReadyBoard:
Always use an anti-static wrist/ankle strap and a grounding mat.
Before you handle the ReadyBoard, touch a grounded, unpainted
metal surface to discharge any static electricity.
6. Ensure you have installed the required SODIMM memory onto the ReadyBoard before
continuing.
Once the ReadyBoard is installed into the ReadyBox, you will not be able to access the
SODIMM socket on the ReadyBoard.
7. Position the ReadyBoard near the eight standoffs on the enclosure shelf at about a 10° angle to
the mounting shelf. See Figures 3-4 and 3-5.
8. Insert the ReadyBoard and its LAN connectors just under the lip of the two LAN ports on the
enclosure wall, behind the I/O panel. See Figure 3-4.
9. Slowly work the ReadyBoard into place, inserting the I/O connectors and LEDs into the
respective openings on the I/O Panel.
When you have the ReadyBoard in position you should clearly see the mounting holes for the
eight standoffs under the board mounting holes, and the LEDs should fit into the openings
provided on the I/O Panel.
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Insert ReadyBoard into enclosure just above standoffs.
ReadyBox Side View
I/O Panel
Ready
B
10° A ng
oard
LAN Port
Lip
LAN1
le
RdyBox_14a
10
°A
ng
le
Figure 3-4. ReadyBoard Positioned Under LAN Ports
Notes: Use screws (4) with washers if not adding
any PC/104 modules to ReadyBoard.
Use 0.8”/20mm Standoffs (4)
for first PC/104 Board.
3M P0.5 Screws (4)
6mm Tread Length
ReadyBoard 700
0.8”/20mm Standoffs (4)
(3M P0.5 Thread)
3M P0.5 Screws (4)
6mm Tread Length
Use 3M P0.5, 6mm screws
with all standoffs.
a
08
x_
Bo
y
Rd
Notes: The screws shown
here to secure the ReadyBoard
and any of its PC/104 modules to the
ReadyBox chassis are 3M P0.5 thread
size and 6mm thread length.
All standoffs have a thread size of
3M P0.5 and accept 3M P0.5 screws.
Figure 3-5. ReadyBoard Over Chassis Standoffs
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10. Insert four M3 P0.5 6mm screws with washers into the standoffs on the enclosure shelf at the four
corners of the board. See Figure 3-5.
11. If you are putting a PC/104 board onto the ReadyBoard, insert the four 0.8” (20mm) standoffs
provided with the ReadyBoard at the four PC/104 mounting locations. See Figure 3-5.
If you are not installing a PC/104 expansion board, insert four M3 P0.5, 6mm, screws with
washers at the four PC/104 mounting locations.
12. Go to the next procedure to connect the remaining cables and to the Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”)
installation procedure if you are installing an optional hard disk drive.
Connecting Remaining Cables
The following procedure illustrates how to install the remaining cables, except for the IDE cable, to the
the ReadyBoard. Refer also to the respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for any variations to board
shown in the example figures when connecting the cables to the ReadyBoard. Skip any cable(s) that do
not apply to your situation.
• Refer to the Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) Installation procedure for the IDE cable, which includes the
IDE cable installation.
• Refer to the Additonal Cooling Fan Installation procedure to connect the additional fan, which
includes the fan power cable. The additional cooling fan is not used unless you need it to keep
the higher speed processors from overheating. Refer to Table 2-6 for more information.
NOTE
Ampro recommends using the cable routing shown in the figures.
This will help to ensure cables and wiring don’t come in contact
with the heatsinks.
1. Connect the Power Switch (two-wire) cable to the Utility connector (pins 1 & 2) on ReadyBoard,
putting the red wire on pin-1. See Figure 3-6.
The Utility connector placement differs slightly on the various ReadyBoards, but all Utility
connectors use a 5-pin header and are in the general area shown in Figure 3-6. Refer to the
respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for any variations, but put the red wire on pin-1.
2. Connect the Power-On and Power In cables to the respective connectors on the ReadyBoard, as
shown in Figure 3-6.
The Power-On (3-pin) connector placement differs slightly on the various ReadyBoards, but all
Power In connectors are located in the same place on the board and use a 4-pin header. Refer to
the respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for any variations.
3. Connect the COM3 & COM4 cables to the Serial B connector on the ReadyBoard, as shown in
Figure 3-6.
All Serial B connectors are located in the same place on the board and use a 20-pin header. Refer
to the respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for the pin-1 location on the board.
4. Connect the USB2 & USB3 cable to the USB2 & USB3 (10-pin) connector on the respective
ReadyBoard. See Figure 3-7.
All USB2 & USB3 connectors are located in the same place on the board and use a 10-pin
header. Refer to the respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for the pin-1 location.
5. Connect the Audio cable to the Audio In/Out (16-pin) connector on the respective ReadyBoard.
See Figure 3-7.
The Audio In/Out (16-pin) connector placement differs slightly on the various ReadyBoards, but
is in the same generally area on the board. Refer to the respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide
for any variations and the pin-1 location.
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USB 2 & 3 and Audio Cables
Not Shown for Clarity
RdyBox_13a
COM3 & COM4 Cable
to Serial B Connector
(20-pin)
Power Switch (two-wire) Cable
to Utility Connector (5-pin)
Power In (4-pin) to
Power In Connector
Power-On (3-pin) to
Power-On Connector
Figure 3-6. Installing Power and Serial Cables
Audio Cable to
Audio In/Out (16-pin)
Connector
RdyBox_13b
USB2 & USB3 to
USB2/3 (10-pin)
Connector
Parallel Connector not shown
for clarity.
Figure 3-7. Installing Audio and USB Cables
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Removing ReadyBoard from ReadyBox
1. Prepare the ReadyBox for the ReadyBoard removal.
♦
If the ReadyBox is already prepared for ReadyBoard removal, with the top cover removed,
power turned off, and the power cord disconnected, skip to Step 4.
♦
If the ReadyBox is not ready for the ReadyBoard removal, continue with the next step.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard, ensure the power switch on the ReadyBox is
turned off and the power cord has been removed from the power source. The
ReadyBox power supply will continue to provide standby current to the chassis until
the power cord is disconnected.
2. Initiate a shut down sequence through the OS, or hold the power switch in for 4-6 seconds to turn
power off.
The Power LED should turn off completely when the power is turned off.
3. Disconnect the power cord from the AC power source.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the static sensitive components on the ReadyBoard,
ensure you follow good Electrostatic Discharge principles. Components
on the ReadyBoard are sensitive to static electricity and can be easily
damaged by improper handling. Do the following when handling the
ReadyBoard:
Always use an anti-static wrist/ankle strap and a grounding mat.
Before you handle the ReadyBoard, touch a grounded, unpainted metal
surface to discharge any static electricity.
4. Remove the seven screws holding the top cover to the ReadyBox and then slide the cover to the
left as shown in the Figure 3-1.
5. Disconnect all of the cables from the ReadyBoard before continuing.
Refer to the respective ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for more information.
6. Remove the screws holding the ReadyBoard to the enclosure standoffs.
If there are PC/104 expansion board(s) connected to the ReadyBoard, you will need to disconnect
and remove the PC/104 boards from the ReadyBoard before removing it from the enclosure.
Refer to the respective manuals for the PC/104 expansion boards to disconnect and remove these
PC/104 boards.
7. Once you have removed all of the screws (and PC/104 boards) slowly work the ReadyBoard out
of the enclosure until it is safely clear and place it on a protective surface.
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Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) Installation
A hard disk drive (HDD) tray is provided with the ReadyBox and can be removed from the ReadyBox
for intallation or removal of the hard disk drive. The HDD tray only holds one 2 ½” hard disk drive with
a 44-pin connector and does not require external power.
NOTE
This procedure assumes you have already installed the ReadyBoard
into the enclosure and are preparing the HDD tray for installation of
the hard disk drive (2 ½”). It also assumes you will be folding and
connecting the 44-pin IDE cable to the ReadyBoard before connecting
it to the hard disk drive.
Tools Required
Use these tools to install and remove the Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) into the ReadyBox.
• Small to medium Phillips screwdriver
• Anti-static service kit - Use a complete anti-static service kit (or the equivalent) to remove or
install the hard disk drive. A complete anti-static service kit should include a static-dissipating
work surface, a chassis clip lead, and a wrist or ankle strap.
Removing HDD Tray and Installing IDE Cable
1. Prepare the ReadyBox for the IDE cable installation, which is used for the hard disk drive (2 ½”).
♦
If the ReadyBox is already prepared for IDE cable installation, with the top cover removed,
the HDD tray removed, power turned off, and the power cord disconnected, skip to Step 7.
♦
If the ReadyBox is not ready for the IDE cable installation, continue with the next step.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard, ensure power in the
ReadyBox is turned off and the power cord has been removed
from the power source. The ATX power supply inside the
ReadyBox will continue to provide standby current to the chassis
until the power cord is disconnected.
2. If you have been using the CompactFlash as the drive media, initiate a shut down sequence
through the OS, or hold the power switch in for 4-6 seconds to turn power off.
The Power LED should turn off completely when the power is turned off.
3. Remove the power cord from the AC power source.
4. Remove the seven screws holding the top cover to the ReadyBox and then slide the cover to the
left as shown in the Figure 3-1.
5. Turn the ReadyBox on its side or back and remove the four screws securing the HDD tray to the
ReadyBox. See Figure 3-8.
6. Slide the HDD tray out of the ReadyBox as shown in the Figure 3-8.
NOTE
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Once the HDD tray is out of the ReadyBox, it is much easier to connect
the IDE cable to the ReadyBoard by feeding the cable up or down through
the cable feed opening. Once you have it connected to the ReadyBoard,
then you can position the IDE cable in HDD tray opening, where it is feed
out of the enclosure through the HDD tray opening for connection to the
new hard disk drive (2 ½”).
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Screws (4)
Remove the screws (4) holding
the Hard Disk Drive Tray inside the
ReadyBox.
Figure 3-8. Removing the HDD Tray Assembly
6. Locate the 44-pin IDE cable in the ReadyBox hardware kit and prepare it for connection to the
ReadyBoard IDE connector, as shown in Figure 3-9.
NOTE
Ampro recommends two extra folds in the IDE cable, but this is not
required. This allows the IDE cable to be moved in and out of the
tray space more easily.
The IDE cable must be folded with a sharp curve at the end for connection to the ReadyBoard
IDE connector with a 90° fold added to the cable, allowing it to lay in the HDD tray. After it is
connected to the ReadyBoard connector, the free end of the IDE cable is passed out through the
HDD tray opening. From there it can be connected to the HDD (2 ½”) and will retract more
easily into the HDD tray opening because of the folded portions of the IDE cable.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the static sensitive components on the ReadyBoard, ensure
you follow good Electrostatic Discharge principles. Components on the
ReadyBoard are sensitive to static electricity and can be easily damaged by
improper handling. Do the following when handling the ReadyBoard:
Always use an anti-static wrist/ankle strap and a grounding mat.
Before you handle the ReadyBoard, touch a grounded, unpainted metal surface to
discharge any static electricity.
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7. Connect the sharp curved portion of the IDE cable onto the IDE connector on the board, matching
pin-1 on the board/connector with the Red stripe of the IDE cable. See Figure 3-10.
NOTE
You can feed the curved portion up through the cable feed opening
in the enclosure shelf near the IDE connector, or you can feed the
folded portion down through the cable feed opening before
connecting the IDE cable. Either way, it is your choice!
Refer to the ReadyBoard’s Reference Manual or QuickStart Guide for connector and pin
locations.
8. Feed the free end of the IDE cable with the folded section out of the enclosure through the HDD
tray opening. See Figure 3-10.
To IDE HDD (2 ½”)
Red Stripe
(Pin-1)
Sharp Curve for
ReadyBoard
Connector
RdyBox_IDEcable
Double Folds
Recommended
(Not required)
Right Angle or
90° Fold
Figure 3-9. Folding the IDE Cable
RdyBox_13c
Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”)
Red Stripe (Pin-1)
IDE Cable
IDE Connector
Cable Fold
Cable Feed Opening
Figure 3-10. Attaching the IDE Cable
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Installing Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”)
1. If the HDD tray is not already removed from the ReadyBox enclosure, do so before continuing.
2. Remove the four screws holding the HDD tray assembly together. See Figure 3-11.
3. If you want the HDD shock mounted, place the lower rubber shock mount into the tray base and
lay the hard disk drive (2 ½”) into the shock mount.
If you do not shock mount the HDD, there are four screw holes for mounting the HDD to the
HDD tray base. However, no screws are provided as these are typically provided with the HDD.
4. Connect the 44-pin IDE cable to the hard disk drive (2 ½”) by lining up the pin-1 indicator on the
disk drive with the red strip on the IDE cable.
Refer to the pin-1 label or marker on the underside of the hard disk drive (2 ½”). You may need
to connect a jumper or change a jumper position if indicated on the drive.
NOTE
The hard disk drive (2 ½”) does not require external power because
the 44-pin cable provides +5V and ground to the drive.
5. Place the upper rubber shock mount onto the HDD (2 ½”) and place the upper tray onto the shock
mount.
Ensure the IDE cable is held between the two halves of the HDD tray before inserting the screws
and tighten the assembly.
6. Install the four screws into the respective securing holes.
M3 P0.5 6mm Screws (2)
(with washers)
Upper Tray
Cover
Upper Rubber
Shock Mount
44-pin IDE
Connector
(Not shown)
2 ½”Hard
Disk Drive
Lower Rubber
Shock Mount
RdyBox_07a
HDD Tray Base
M3 P0.5 Flat Head
4mm Screws (2)
Figure 3-11. Hard Disk Drive (2 ½”) Tray Exploded View
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Re-Installing the HDD Tray
To reinstall the HDD Tray with the hard disk drive (2 ½”) installed, simply reverse the removal
procedure, ensuring the IDE cable is moved into the tray opening without damage.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the IDE cable ensure it moves freely inside the HDD tray
opening while you re-install the HDD tray.
1. Gently slide the HDD tray into the tray opening and ensure the IDE cable moves freely into the
tray opening. See Figure 3-12.
2. Turn the ReadyBox on its side or back to install the four screws to the HDD tray. See Figure 3-12.
3. Ensure the IDE cable is not twisted or rubbing against any sharp corners inside the enclosure.
You can use cable ties or clamps to secure the IDE cable, so that it is safely out of the way.
4. Replace the top cover by sliding it on and the re-installing the seven screws.
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5. Restore power and check the operation of the hard disk drive.
2 ½” Hard Disk Drive Tray
Screws (4)
Re-install the screws (4) to secure
the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Tray inside
the ReadyBox.
Figure 3-12. Reinstalling the Hard Disk Drive Tray
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CompactFlash Card Installation
This brief procedure describes how to remove the protective cover over the CompactFlash opening and
installing the CompactFlash card into the slot opening provided in the I/O panel. Refer to the
ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for specific CompactFlash jumper settings and compatibility.
Tools Required
Use these tools to remove and install the CompactFlash card onto or off of the ReadyBoard Model.
• Small to medium Phillips screwdriver
• Anti-static service kit - Use a complete anti-static service kit (or the equivalent) to remove or
install the CompactFlash card. A complete anti-static service kit should include a staticdissipating work surface, a chassis clip lead, and a wrist or ankle strap.
Installing the CompactFlash Card
1. CompactFlash (CF) Card installation preparation:
♦
If the ReadyBox is already prepared for CompactFlash installation, including removal of the
CF cover, with power turned off and the power cord disconnected, skip to Step 5.
♦
If the ReadyBox power is connected and operating, continue with next step.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard, ensure the power switch on the
ReadyBox is turned off and the power cord has been removed from the AC
power source. The ATX power supply will continue to provide standby current
to the chassis until the power cord is disconnected.
2. Initiate a shut down sequence through the OS, or hold the power switch in for 4-6 seconds to turn
power off.
The Power LED should turn off completely when the power is turned off.
3. Disconnect the power cord from the AC power source.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard or the CompactFlash card, ensure you
discharging yourself and following good Electro Static Prevention principals
before touching either one. The ReadyBoard and the CompactFlash card are
sensitive to static electricity and can be easily damaged by improper handling.
Do the following when handling either one:
Leave the CompactFlash in the anti-static bag until you are ready to install it.
Always use an anti-static wrist/ankle strap and a grounding mat.
Before you remove a CompactFlash from the anti-static bag, touch a grounded,
unpainted metal surface to discharge any static electricity.
4. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the CompactFlash cover and place the two screws in a safe
place for use later. See Figure 3-13.
5. If necessary, inspect the socket for bent pins or debris on the pins of the CompactFlash socket.
6. Remove the CompactFlash card from its protective bag, handling the CompactFlash card
by its edges.
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RdyBox_10a
M3 P0.5 Flat Head
4mm Screws (2)
Removing
Protective
Cover
Figure 3-13. Removing CompactFlash Protective Cover
7. Insert the CompactFlash card into the opening provided by matching the pin-1 orientation of the
CompactFlash card with the arrowhead on the I/O panel. See Figure 3-14.
The CompactFlash card edge and pins are keyed to install into the socket in only one orientation.
Pin-1 one should be down and to the right as shown in the Figure 3-14.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard and CompactFlash card, do not
force the CompactFlash card into the slot. If you have to force the
CompactFlash card into the slot, it is not installed correctly.
The CompactFlash sockets on the ReadyBoard series have enough
flexibility in the socket to expand when the CF is installed incorrectly.
8. Push the CompactFlash card into the opening until it is firmly into the socket and mates with the
pins. See Figure 3-14.
Lip or
Catch Edge
Keyed
Slots (2)
RdyBox_09a
Pin-1
Indicator
Figure 3-14. Installing the CompactFlash Card
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9. If your application or environment requires protection of the CompactFlash card, for security or
EMI value, you can re-install the protective cover over the CompactFlash card. See Figure 3-13.
Reconnecting the protective cover will provide full EMI protection.
10. Refer to the ReadyBoard QuickStart Guide for any required jumper settings for the CompactFlash
card, before restoring power to the ReadyBox.
Removing the CompactFlash Card
To remove the CompactFlash card from the ReadyBoard through the ReadyBox opening, simply
reverse the installation procedure and follow all of the safety precautions listed.
Additional Cooling Fan Installation
The installation of an additional cooling fan in the enclosure is only required when the ReadyBox is
used with specific ReadyBoard models. Refer to Table 2-6 for the ReadyBox-ReadyBoard SBC
combinations requiring this additional fan.
Tools Required
Use the tools listed here to install the additional cooling fan into the ReadyBox.
• Small to medium Phillips screwdriver
Installing the Additional Cooling Fan
1. Prepare the ReadyBox for installation of the additional cooling fan.
♦
If the ReadyBox is already prepared for the additional cooling fan installation, including
removal of the top cover, with power turned off and the AC power cord disconnected,
skip to Step 5.
♦
If the ReadyBox power is connected and operating, continue with next step.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard, ensure the power is turned off in the
ReadyBox and the power cord has been removed from the AC power source.
The ATX power supply will continue to provide standby current to the chassis
until the power cord is disconnected.
2. Initiate a shut down sequence through the OS, or hold the power switch in for 4-6 seconds to turn
power off.
The Power LED should turn off completely when the power is turned off.
3. Disconnect the power cord from the AC power source.
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the ReadyBoard, ensure you discharging yourself and
following good Electro Static Prevention principals before touching either one.
The ReadyBoard and the CompactFlash card are sensitive to static electricity and
can be easily damaged by improper handling. Do the following when handling
either one:
Leave the CompactFlash in the anti-static bag until you are ready to install it.
Always use an anti-static wrist/ankle strap and a grounding mat.
Before you remove a CompactFlash from the anti-static bag, touch a grounded,
unpainted metal surface to discharge any static electricity.
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4. Remove the seven screws holding the top cover to the ReadyBox and then slide the cover to the
left as shown in the Figure 3-1.
5. Locate the additional fan in the ReadyBox hardware kit and the four screws included with the fan.
There should be a short two-wire cable connected to the fan assembly with a 2-pin connector on
the end.
6. Place the fan assembly on the inside of the enclosure with the airflow indicator (arrow) pointing
out of the enclosure. See Figure 3-15.
The fan has an arrow embossed on the fan housing indicating the direction of the airflow.
7. Use the four self-tapping screws to secure the fan to the inside of the enclosure. See Figure 3-15.
8. Connect the 2-pin connector to the free 2-pin connector from the ATX power supply adapter.
Air Flow Out
Fan Power Cable (2-pin)
RdyBox_11a
Self-Tapping M4.5
Flat Head Screws (4)
Figure 3-15. Installing the Additional Cooling Fan
Removing the Additional Cooling Fan
To remove the additional cooling fan from the ReadyBox enclosure, simply reverse the installation
procedure and follow all of the safety precautions listed.
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Overview
This chapter describes the connectors provided by the ReadyBox that connect to the ReadyBoard while
in the ReadyBox enclosure.
The ReadyBox connectors are listed in the following order:
• IDE hard disk drive (2 ½”) Interface
• Parallel Interface
• Serial Interfaces (Serial 3 and 4)
• USB Connectors (USB 2 and 3)
• Audio Interface (Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
• Power Switch
• Power Interfaces
♦
ATX Power Supply
♦
Power In connector
♦
Power On connector
NOTE
Ampro Computers, Inc. only supports the features/options tested and listed
in this manual. Some of the components used in the ReadyBox may
provide more features or options than are listed for the ReadyBox, but
some of these component features/options are not supported in the box and
may not function as specified in the component documentation.
NOTE
Refer to the specific ReadyBoard SBC Reference Manual and QuickStart
Guide for more information concerning the connectors and cables not
listed in this chapter.
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IDE HDD (2 ½”) Interface
The ReadyBox provides one IDE cable assembly for a 2 ½” IDE hard disk drive (HDD) and one
CompactFlash slot for the CompactFlash socket on the ReadyBoard SBC.
The EIDE interface supports the following features:
• Standard 44-pin 2mm header
• Supports one 2 ½” IDE hard disk drive in the drive tray (shock mounts and hardware provided)
• No external power required (+5 volts provided at pins 41, 42)
Table 4-1 gives the signals for the IDE 44-pin, 2mm cable.
Table 4-1. Primary IDE Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions
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Pin # Signal
Description
1
RESET*
Low active hardware reset (RSTDRV inverted)
2
GND
Digital Ground
3
PDD7
Primary Disk Data 7 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
4
PDD8
Primary Disk Data 8 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
5
PDD6
Primary Disk Data 6 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
6
PDD9
Primary Disk Data 9 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
7
PDD5
Primary Disk Data 5 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
8
PDD10
Primary Disk Data 10 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
9
PDD4
Primary Disk Data 4 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
10
PDD11
Primary Disk Data 11 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
11
PDD3
Primary Disk Data 3 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
12
PDD12
Primary Disk Data 12 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
13
PDD2
Primary Disk Data 2 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
14
PDD13
Primary Disk Data 13 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
15
PDD1
Primary Disk Data 1 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
16
PDD14
Primary Disk Data 14 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
17
PDD0
Primary Disk Data 0 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
18
PDD15
Primary Disk Data 15 – These signals (0 to 15) provide the disk data signals.
19
GND
Digital Ground
20
NC-Key
Not Connected - Key pin plug
21
PDDREQ
Primary Device DMA Channel Request – Used for DMA transfers between
host and drive (direction of transfer controlled by DIOR* and DIOW*). Also
used in an asynchronous mode with DMACK*. Drive asserts IDRQ0 when
ready to transfer or receive data.
22
GND
Digital Ground
23
PDIOW*
Primary Device I/O Read/Write Strobe – Strobe signal for write functions.
Negative edge enables data from a register or data port of the drive onto the
host data bus. Positive edge latches data at the host.
24
GND
Digital Ground
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Description
25
PDIOR*
Primary I/O Read/Write Strobe – Strobe signal for read functions. Negative
edge enables data from a register or data port of the drive onto the host data
bus. Positive edge latches data at the host.
26
GND
Digital Ground
27
PDIORDY
Primary I/O Channel Ready – When negated extends the host transfer cycle of
any host register access when the drive is not ready to respond to a data
transfer request. High impedance if asserted.
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PDCEL
Primary Cable Select – Used to configure IDE drives as device 0 or device 1
using a special cable.
29
PDDACK*
Primary DMA Channel Acknowledge – Used by the host to acknowledge data
has been accepted or data is available. Used in response to DMARQ asserted.
30
GND
Digital Ground
31
IRQ14
Interrupt Request 14 – Asserted by drive when it has pending interrupt (PIO
transfer of data to or from the drive to the host).
32
NC
Not connected
33
PDA1
Primary IDE ATA Primary Disk Address (0 to 2) – Used to indicate which
byte in the ATA command block or control block is being accessed
34
PD33/66
UDMA 33/66 Sense – Senses which DMA mode to use for IDE devices.
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PDA0
Primary IDE ATA Disk Address (0 to 2) – Used to indicate which byte in the
ATA command block or control block is being accessed
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PDA2
Primary IDE ATA Disk Address (0 to 2) – Used to indicate which byte in the
ATA command block or control block is being accessed
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PDCS1*
Primary Slave/Master Chip Select 1 – Used to select the host-accessible
Command Block Register.
38
PDCS3*
Primary Slave/Master Chip Select 3 – Used to select the host-accessible
Command Block Register.
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Reserved
Reserved
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GND
Digital Ground
41
+5V
+5 volts +/-5%
42
+5V
+5 volts +/-5%
43
GND
Digital Ground
44
NC
Not connected
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground. The signals marked with * = Negative true logic.
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Parallel Interface
The ReadyBox provides a parallel port connector on the I/O panel with a 25-pin ribbon cable that
connects to the floppy/parallel connector on the specific ReadyBoard.
The ReadyBox provides the standard D-shell 25-pin (DB25) parallel connector, which supports the
following protocols:
• SPP (Standard Printer Port)
• Bi-directional SPP
• ECP (Enhanced Capabilities Port)
• EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port)
Refer to the specific ReadyBoard Reference Manual for more information and to the following table for
the parallel port pin assignments.
Table 4-2. Parallel Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions
Pin # Signal
Description
1
Strobe*
Strobe* – This is an output signal used to strobe data into the printer. I/O pin
in ECP/EPP mode.
2
PD0
Parallel Port Data 0 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
INDEX*
Index – Sense detects the head is positioned over the beginning of a track
PD1
Parallel Port Data 1 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
TRK0*
Track 0 – Sensing detects the head is positioned over track 0.
PD2
Parallel Port Data 2 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
WPRT*
Write Protect – Senses the diskette is write protected.
PD3
Parallel Port Data 3 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
RDATA*
Read Data – Raw serial bit stream from the drive for read operations.
PD4
Parallel Port Data 4 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
DSKCHG*
Disk Change – Senses the drive door is open or the diskette has been changed
since the last drive selection.
7
PD5
Parallel Port Data 5 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
8
PD6
Parallel Port Data 6 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
9
PD7
Parallel Port Data 7 – This pin (0 to 7) provides parallel port data signals.
10
ACK*
Acknowledge * – This is a status output signal from the printer. A Low State
indicates it has received the data and is ready to accept new data.
DS1*
Drive Select 1 – Select drive 1.
BUSY
Busy – This is a status output signal from the printer. A High State indicates
the printer is not ready to accept data.
MTR1*
Motor Control 1 – Select motor on drive 1.
PE
Paper End – This is a status output signal from the printer. A High State
indicates it is out of paper.
WDATA*
Write Data – Encoded data to the drive for write operations.
SLCTIN
Select In – This output signal to the printer is used to select the printer. I/O pin
in ECP/EPP mode.
STEP*
Step – Low pulse for each track-to-track movement of the head.
3
4
5
6
11
12
13
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Description
AUTOFDX* Auto Feed* – This is a request signal into the printer to automatically feed one
line after each line is printed.
DRVEN0*
Floppy Drive Density Select 0 –
15
ERR*
Error – This is a status output signal from the printer. A Low State indicates
an error condition on the printer.
16
HDSEL*
PINIT*
Head Select – Selects the side for Read/Write operations (0 = side 1, 1 = side 0)
Printer Initialize* – This signal used to Initialize printer. Output in standard
mode, I/O in ECP/EPP mode.
DIR*
Direction – Direction of head movement (0 = inward motion,
1 = outward motion).
Printer Select – This is a status output signal from the printer. A High State
indicates it is selected and powered on.
17
PTSLCT
WGATE*
Write Gate – Signal to the drive to enable current flow in the write head.
18
GND
Digital Ground
19
GND
Digital Ground
20
GND
Digital Ground
21
GND
Digital Ground
22
GND
Digital Ground
23
GND
Digital Ground
24
GND
Digital Ground
25
GND
Digital Ground
26
NC
Not Connected
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground. The signals marked with * = Negative true logic.
The Parallel port signals are shown first, followed by the floppy drive signals for any given
pin number.
NOTE
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The floppy and parallel ports share the same connector on any of the
ReadyBoard models, so you will see the parallel port signals shared with
floppy signals in the signal pin descriptions of the table.
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Serial Interface
The ReadyBox supports 4 serial ports, Serial 1 (COM1), Serial 2 (COM2), Serial 3 (COM3), and Serial
4 (COM4). The ReadyBoard provides two of four standard D-shell 9-pin (DB9) connectors on the board
for Serial 1 (COM1) and Serial 2, (COM2). The ReadyBox provides the other two standard DB9
connectors for Serial 3 (COM3) and Serial 4 (COM4) with cables connecting at the ReadyBoard Serial B
header for Serial 3 (COM3) and Serial 4 (COM4) ports.
• The ReadyBox supports two of the four standard D-shell 9-pin (DB9) connectors
♦
Serial Port 3 (COM3) supports RS232/RS485/RS422
♦
Serial Port 4 (COM4) supports RS232/RS485/RS422
Refer to the specific ReadyBoard Reference Manual for more information
NOTE
The RS232 and RS485/RS422 modes must be selected in the ReadyBoard
BIOS Setup Utility. Generally, the RS232 mode is the default selection
(Standard) for any serial port.
1 2 3 4 5
Standard DB9 Serial
Port Connector (Female)
Rear View
6 7 8 9
RdyBxRS485Con
To implement the RS485 mode on Serial port 3 or 4 (COM3 or COM4), you must tie the correct pins
together for each port. For example; on Serial port 3, tie pin 2 (RX3-) to 3 (TX3-) and pin 7 (TX3+) to 8
(RX3+) at the DB9 serial connector for Serial port 3 or 4 as shown in Figure 3-1. The RS422 mode uses
a four-wire interface and does not need any pins tied together, but you must select RS485 in BIOS Setup.
Figure 4-1. RS485 Serial Port Implementation
Tables 4-3 and 4-4 give the pins and corresponding signals for Serial Ports 3 (COM3) and 4 (COM4).
Table 4-3. Serial 3 Port Connector Pin/Signal Descriptions
Pin #
Signal
Description
1
DCD3
Data Carrier Detect 3 – Indicator to serial port 1 that external modem is
detecting a carrier signal (i.e., a communication channel is currently open). In
direct connect environments, this input will be driven by DTR1 as part of the
DTR/DSR handshake.
2
RX3
Receive Data 3 – Serial port 3 receive data in
RX3-
RX3- – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Receive Data 3 -.
TX3
Transmit Data 3 – Serial port 3 transmit data out
TX3-
TX3- – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Transmit Data 3 -.
4
DTR3
Data Terminal Ready 3 – Serial port 1 indicator that port is powered,
initialized, and ready. Used as hardware handshake with DSR1 for overall
readiness to communicate.
5
GND
Ground
6
DSR3
Data Set Ready 3 – Indicator to serial port 1 that external serial
communications device is powered, initialized, and ready. Used as hardware
handshake with DTR3 for overall readiness to communicate.
3
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Pin #
Signal
Description
7
RTS3
Request To Send 3 – Indicator to serial output port 3 is ready to transmit data.
Used as hardware handshake with CTS3 for low level flow control.
TX3+
8
9
TX3+ – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Transmit Data 3 +.
CTS3
Clear To Send 3 – Indicator to serial port 3 that external serial communications
device is ready to receive data. Used as hardware handshake with RTS3 for
low level flow control.
RX3+
RX3+ – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Receive Data 3 +.
NC
Not connected
Table 4-4. Serial 4 Port Connector Pin/Signal Descriptions
1
DCD4
Data Carrier Detect 4 – Indicator to serial port 1 that external modem is
detecting a carrier signal (i.e., a communication channel is currently open). In
direct connect environments, this input will be driven by DTR1 as part of the
DTR/DSR handshake.
2
RX4
Receive Data 4 – Serial port 4 receive data in
RX4-
RX4- – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Receive Data 4 -.
TX4
Transmit Data 4 – Serial port 4 transmit data out
TX4-
TX4- – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Transmit Data 4 -.
4
DTR4
Data Terminal Ready 4 – Serial port 1 indicator that port is powered,
initialized, and ready. Used as hardware handshake with DSR1 for overall
readiness to communicate.
5
GND
Ground
6
DSR4
Data Set Ready 4 – Indicator to serial port 1 that external serial
communications device is powered, initialized, and ready. Used as hardware
handshake with DTR1 for overall readiness to communicate.
7
RTS4
Request To Send 4 – Indicator to serial output port 4 is ready to transmit data.
Used as hardware handshake with CTS4 for low level flow control.
TX4+
TX4+ – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Transmit Data 4 +.
CTS4
Clear To Send 4 – Indicator to serial port 4 that external serial communications
device is ready to receive data. Used as hardware handshake with RTS4 for
low level flow control.
RX4+
RX4+ – If in RS485 or RS422 mode, this pin is Receive Data 4 +.
NC
Not connected
3
8
9
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground. RS232 signals are listed first followed by
RS485/RS422 signals.
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USB Interface
The ReadyBox supports four USB ports, USB0, USB1, USB2 and USB3. The ReadyBoard provides
two of four standard USB connectors on the board for USB0 and USB1. The ReadyBox provides the
other two standard USB connectors for USB2 and USB3 with a cable to connect at the ReadyBoard USB
header for USB2 and USB3.
The ReadyBox provides two of the four standard USB connectors
• USB2 (4-pin)
• USB3 (4-pin)
The ReadyBox can also support, through the specific ReadyBoard, the following items when connected
to the USB ports:
• USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 standard devices
• USB hard disk drives
• USB CD-ROMs
• USB floppy drives
• USB keyboard and mouse
Refer to the specific ReadyBoard Reference Manual for more information.
Table 4-5. USB 2 Port Pin/Signal Descriptions
Pin #
Signal
Description
1
+5V
+5V
2
USBP2-
Universal Serial Bus Port 2 Data Negative
3
USBP2+
Universal Serial Bus Port 2 Data Positive
4
GND
Ground
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground
Table 4-6. USB 3 Port Pin/Signal Descriptions
1
+5V
+5V
2
USBP3-
Universal Serial Bus Port 3 Data Negative
3
USBP3+
Universal Serial Bus Port 3 Data Positive
4
GND
Ground
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground
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Audio Interface
The ReadyBox provides three audio connectors in the I/O panel that connect to the ReadyBoard SBC
through the 16-pin Audio In/Out connector. Refer to the Reference Manual for the specific ReadyBoard
SBC for more information.
• Stereo Line In
• Stereo Line out
• Microphone (mono) in
Table 4-7. Audio Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions
Connector
Signal
Description
Audio In/Out
Pin #
Audio
In/Out
NC
Not Connected
1, 2, 3, 4, 8,
12, 13, 14
LINE_OUT_L
Line Out signal left channel
5
LINE_OUT_R
Line Out signal right channel
6
GND_AUD
Audio ground
7
LINE_IN_L
Line in signal left channel
9
LINE_IN_R
Line in signal right channel
10
GND_AUD
Audio ground
11
MIC_IN
Microphone signal in
15
GND_AUD
Audio ground
16
Line Out
Line In
MIC In
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground.
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Power Interface
The ReadyBox provides an ATX power supply to power the ReadyBoard installed in the enclosure. The
power supply provides the standard ATX power supply voltages, but not all of these voltages are used on
the ReadyBoard products. The ReadyBoard products only require one externally supplied +5 volts DC
+/- 5%. The ReadyBox provides two connectors Power In and Power On for connection to the
ReadyBoard product. The Power In connector uses a 4-pin header with 0.200” (5.08mm) spacing.
ATX Power Supply
Table 4-8 gives the pinouts and signals for Power Supply connector.
Table 4-8. ATX Power Supply Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions
Pin # Signal
Description
Pin # Signal
Description
1
+3.3V
+3.3 volts DC +/- 5%
11
+3.3V
+3.3 volts DC +/- 5%
2
+3.3V
+3.3 volts DC +/- 5%
12
-12V
This -12V is are for BUS power
only (optional)
3
GND
Ground
13
GND
Ground
4
+5.0V
+5.0 volts DC +/- 5%
14
PS-ON* Enable signal to ATX power supply
5
GND
Ground
15
GND
Ground
6
+5.0V
+5.0 volts DC +/- 5%
16
GND
Ground
7
GND
Ground
17
GND
Ground
8
PW-OK Power Ok or Good signal
from ATX Power supply
18
-5.0V
-5.0 volts DC +/- 5%
9
5VSB
+5.0 suspend voltage
(+5V, 100mA Standby)
19
+5.0V
+5.0 volts DC +/- 5%
10
+12V
+12V used for Bus power
(optional)
20
+5.0V
+5.0 volts DC +/- 5%
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground. The +12 and +3.3 voltages on a typical ATX power
supply output connector are used for the PCI and ISA bus.
Table 4-9. ATX Power Interface to Power Adapter Pin Configuration
Pin # Signal
To Adapters & Cable
Pin
#
Signal
To Adapters & Cable
1
+3.3V
Not connected
11
+3.3V
Not connected
2
+3.3V
Not connected
12
-12V
Not connected
3
GND
Not connected
13
GND
Not connected
4
+5.0V
To Power-In, pin-1 +5V
14
PS-ON*
To Power On, pin-3 PS_ON
5
GND
To Power-In, pin-3 GND
15
GND
Not connected
6
+5.0V
Not connected
16
GND
To Power On, pin-2 GND
7
GND
To Power-In, pin-2 GND
Fan Ground
17
GND
Not connected
8
PW-OK Not connected
18
-5.0V
Not connected
9
5VSB
To Power-On, pin-1 5VSB
19
+5.0V
Not connected
10
+12V
To Power-In, pin-4 (not used on all
ReadyBoards) and Fan power
20
+5.0V
Not connected
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground.
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Power Switch
The ReadyBox provides a Power switch to control the power state of the ReadyBoard product. The
power switch is a momentary push button switch with a 2-pin cable assembly for attaching to the
ReadyBoard product Utility connector.
NOTE
This switch cable must be connected to the correct pins on the Utility
connector to control the power state of the ReadyBoard product.
Table 4-10. Utility Interface Pin/Signal Descriptions
Pin #
Signal
Description
Power Switch connection
1
PS_0n
Power On Output
Red wire of 2-pin connector
2
GND
Ground
Black wire of 2-pin connector
3
RST_SW
Reset Switch Output
Not used
4
+5V
+5 Volts
Not used
5
SPKR+
Speaker + Output
Not used
Notes: The shaded area denotes power or ground.
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Appendix A Technical Support
Ampro Computers, Inc. provides a number of methods for contacting Technical Support listed in the
Table A-1 below. Requests for support through the Virtual Technician are given the highest priority,
and usually will be addressed within one working day.
• Ampro Virtual Technician – This is a comprehensive support center designed to meet all your
technical needs. This service is free and available 24 hours a day through the Ampro web site at
http://ampro.custhelp.com. This includes a searchable database of Frequently Asked Questions,
which will help you with the common information requested by most customers. This is a good
source of information to look at first for your technical solutions. However, you must register
online before you can login to access this service.
• Personal Assistance – You may also request personal assistance by going to the "Ask a Question"
area in the Virtual Technician. Requests can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You
will receive immediate confirmation that your request has been entered. Once you have
submitted your request you can go to the "My Stuff" area and log in to check status, update your
request, and access other features.
• Embedded Design Resource Center – This service is also free and available 24 hours a day at the
Ampro web site at http://www.ampro.com. However, you must be registered online before you
can login to access this service.
The Embedded Design Resource Center was created as a resource for embedded system
developers to share Ampro's knowledge, insight, and expertise gained from years of experience.
This page contains links to White Papers, Specifications, and additional technical information.
Table A-1. Technical Support Contact Information
Method
Contact Information
Virtual Technician
http://ampro.custhelp.com
Web Site
http://www.ampro.com
Standard Mail
Ampro Computers, Incorporated
5215 Hellyer Avenue
San Jose, CA 95138-1007, USA
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Index
access plate dimensions
PC/104 Expansion I/O boards..........................13
additional cooling fan
specific ReadyBoard models............................10
Ampro Products
CoreModule™ Family .......................................3
EnCore™ Family ...............................................4
ETX Family .......................................................3
LittleBoard™ Family .........................................3
MiniModule™ Family........................................3
ReadyBoard™ 550.............................................2
ReadyBoard™ 560.............................................2
ReadyBoard™ 700.............................................2
ReadyBoard™ 710.............................................3
ReadyBoard™ 800.............................................3
ReadySystem™ ..................................................2
CompactFlash Card possible damage .................. 29
connectors
connector list......................................................8
contents list
ReadyBox.........................................................15
cooling fan requirements
additional enclosure fan ...................................10
dimensions ........................................................... 10
Environmental specifications................................. 9
LEDs
IDE activity........................................................9
Power .................................................................9
PC/104 Expansion I/O boards
access plate dimensions ...................................13
preventing CompactFlash Card damage .............. 29
ReadyBoard
SODIMM installation reminder .......................18
ReadyBox
access covers....................................................14
access plate dimensions ...................................13
additional cooling fan installation..............10, 30
ATX adapter ....................................................42
ATX power supply...........................................42
Audio cable connection....................................20
audio interface..................................................41
cable installation ..............................................20
COM port connection ......................................20
CompactFlash Card installation .......................28
compact size.......................................................7
contents list ......................................................15
controls ..........................................................8, 9
dimensions .......................................................10
discounting shipping tie wraps.........................17
EPIC architecture ...............................................5
features...............................................................7
ReadyBox
folding parallel cable ....................................... 18
hard disk drive (2 ½) ....................................... 23
hardware list .................................................... 15
I/O Panel............................................................ 8
installing parallel cable.................................... 18
LED indicators .................................................. 9
mechanical dimensions.................................... 11
mounting locations .......................................... 13
parallel port connection ................................... 36
power cable connection ................................... 20
power switch.................................................... 43
power switch connection ................................. 20
preventing cable damage ................................. 20
product description ............................................ 6
ReadyBoard installed at 10° angle................... 18
ReadyBoard installed under LAN port lip....... 18
removing top cover.......................................... 16
standoffs .......................................................... 20
serial ports ....................................................... 38
tread size.......................................................... 20
USB port connection ....................................... 20
weight .............................................................. 10
see also supported features
supported features
access covers ................................................... 14
additional cooling fan ................................ 10, 30
ATX power supply .......................................... 42
audio connectors.............................................. 41
CompactFlash Card installation....................... 28
CompactFlash slot opening ....................... 14, 34
hard disk drive IDE (2 ½).......................... 23, 34
IDE activity indicator (LED) ............................. 9
internal ATX adapter....................................... 42
internal ATX connectors ................................. 42
internal audio cables ........................................ 41
internal cabling ................................................ 33
internal IDE cable............................................ 34
internal parallel cable ...................................... 36
internal power switch cable ............................. 43
internal serial port cables................................. 38
internal USB cable........................................... 40
parallel port connector ..................................... 36
power indicator (LED) ...................................... 9
power switch.................................................... 43
serial port connections ..................................... 38
USB port connections...................................... 40
thermal cooling
additional cooling fan ...................................... 10
web sites
reference material .............................................. 1
weight .................................................................. 10
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