Apricot VX FT

Motherboard Layout
Motherboard Revision History
Motherboard Revision Summary

The 486s Are Here! (VX FT Byte article)

Disk Drives
Ethernet Options
Additional Options
Rear Panel
Product Code Prefix

Information sourced from Mitsubishi Electric's Insight CD pages.


VX FT was the first Apricot product designed specifically as a server for network applications. The design caters for a wide variety of customer configuration options and expansion options.

Bus Architecture MCA
Processor Intel 80386DX-25
Intel 80486DX-25
Video VGA On-board
Memory 1 MB to 16 MB on-board
Floppy Disk Drive 3.5" and/or 5.25"
Hard Disk Drive up to 5x 5.25" full height (SCSI)
Networking Ethernet on-board
Security On-board
Expansion Options 4x 16-bit slots (1 with Video Ext.)
4x 32-bit slots

Ed. This was most likely the very first 486 machine. Similar to IBM's 486 Power Platform this system also builds on an existing 386 design (see the planar, it's more of a hack than anything).

Hard Drives

MB Make Model Type Part Number
100 Quantum LPS105S SCSI TI47183
380 IBM 0661 SCSI TI47712
510 Maxtor LXT-535SY SCSI TI48282
1,000 Seagate ST41200N SCSI TI43546
1,300 Seagate ST41600N SCSI TI48283
2,000 Seagate ST42400N SCSI TI49121
150 Archive Viper SCSI TI43550
525 Archive Viper SCSI TI49434
1.3GB Archive Python SCSI TI49433

Ethernet Options

On Board Thin and Thick Ethernet.

Additional Options

Apricot LOC Technology security.

Rear Panel

Product Code Prefix

TI VX FT 386/486DX-25 (Titan)
TN VX FT & FTs 486-25 (Scorpion Rev E)

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