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Xemplar was founded in 1996 as a 50/50 joint venture between Acorn and Apple to sell to the UK Education Market. In 1998 Acorn was looking to sell its 50% and seeking a buyer. In January 1999 Apple bought out Acorns 50% for £3 million. This ended Xemplar's involvement with Acorn and RISC OS based products.
One of the Acorn products that Xemplar successfully sold into UK schools was the NetStation, which was rebranded as the Xemplar Matrix NC.
Here are some pictures:
Matrix NC running NCOS 1.11
Matrix NC, with an Acorn AKF60 monitor, connected to a LAN with a Windows NT4 server. The NC has the MicroLynx Topcat boot code in its ROM and searches for a suitable server at start up to load its boot structure and provide local storage.
Matrix NC (front)
The front of the Matrix NC with the Power on/standby switch at the front, the smartcard slot in the middle and the power and standby LEDs next the the Xemplar logo.
Matrix NC (back)
The back of the Matrix NC showing the ports. From left to right they are:
In the middle the top of the case forms a tab with a hole in it to enable the NC to be securely locked to the desk.
Matrix NC with cover off
Matrix NC with the top cover removed showing the motherboard. The motherboard is the same board as used in Acorn's NetStation, but this Matrix NC has a 16MB SIMM in the middle and the OS ROMs in the lower left are for NCOS 1.11. On the right is the NetProducts 10BaseT Ethernet Adaptor .
|Motherboard||NC 1 Main Board|
|Motherboard part no.||2103,000 Issue 1|
|Memory Controller||ARM7500 (IOMD)|
|Memory||16MB EDO SIMM|
|Video Controller||ARM7500 (VIDC20)|
|NIC||NetProducts 10 BaseT Ethernet Adaptor|
|OS||RISC OS-NC 1.11|
|OS Date||24 Feb 1998|