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Announcement   Announcement : Entry Level Design Details from ACK Controls and Amiga
   posted by DaveyD on 30-Apr-2007 19:11:19 (20508 reads)
Entry Level Design Details from ACK Controls and Amiga
Entry level product ready for Customers Summer 2007

Issaquah, Wash USA – Fonthill, ON Canada April 29, 2007 – ACK Controls and Amiga, Inc. are pleased to announce the base hardware design that will address the needs of the Amiga market as well offering expansion into other markets.

“The first product release is designed for flexibility and meeting the needs of the Amiga user, as well as offer a design that takes advantage of available hardware”, said Adam Kowalczyk President of ACK Systems


This new system will be offered at a suggested retail price of $ 489.00 and be a complete offering excluding monitor in a finished design that will provide customers with everything they need to get started.

  • Flex-ATX form factor motherboard based on the Freescale MPC8349E SoC. (400MHz to 667MHz depending on requirements and price target)
  • 1 (one) DDR2 DIMM slot expandable to 1GB using unregistered DIMMs.
  • 1 (one) 66MHz PCI slot for use with readily available graphics cards.
  • 2 (two) 33MHz PCI slots for additional expansion.
  • 2 (two) 10/100/1Gb Ethernet Ports.
  • 4 (four) Hi Speed USB ports.
  • 2 (two) serial ports.
  • 4 (four) SATA ports provided by a Silicon Image Sil3114 controller.
  • Onboard sound provided by a C-Media CMI8738.
  • Socketed EEPROM for U-Boot firmware.
  • Atmel ATC2408A serial EEPROM (1kb of non-volatile storage)
  • Dallas DS1339 RTC with battery holder.
  • Standard ATX power supply connector.

“Amiga is please to be working with ACK Controls and believe that by using flexible designs and aggressive manufacturing practices we will be able to deliver to our customers a great product at a great price”, said Bill McEwen of Amiga, Inc.

Manufacturing partner and final ship schedule will be following soon.

About Amiga
Amiga, Inc. is the world’s premier provider of multimedia enabling technologies. For almost two decades its award-winning software has been a mainstay for motion picture studios, multimedia creators, and digital entertainment enthusiasts around the world. Today Amiga builds on this legacy leading the way in multimedia development by providing developers with hardware-independent technologies for writing and porting applications to new platforms and interactive devices. For more information visit www.amiga.com.

About ACK
ACK Software Controls, Inc. specializes in the area of embedded controls design for use in automation systems where low-power consumption and reliability is an absolute must. Concentrating on design for manufacturing with local manufacturing facilities has allowed ACK to quickly and cost-effectively develop solutions for customers with low-volume requirements. By integrating hardware, firmware, and device driver engineering capability in-house, ACK can provide complete turn-key solutions to customers.
    

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Boot_WB 
Re: Entry Level Design Details from ACK Controls and Amiga
Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:13:34
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Hey - what's up with that - I posted this news item first. Damn queue jumper.

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dan.hutch 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:14:29
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So, what's it going to run? OS5? Vista?

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Seer 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:16:23
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@Boot_WB

Sorry bout that, can't cross the boss now can I

If it's any comfort your news item was posted for about a second or so.

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Toaks 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:22:30
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@dan.hutch

Ack has stated that it will run OS4 several places allready.


@amigainc etc

i won't invest in theese boards until the lawsuit is over/solved but other than that, looks quite ok and bundling all in one box is a good idea and the price is nice if they can keep it at that unlike the a1c and XE and SE which all where near double the price of what was announced.

I'm curious about the highend machine though.

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swoodall 
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Good for them to post the planned motherboard specs as promised, but if they are selling "a complete offering excluding monitor in a finished design that will provide customers with everything they need to get started" I expected to hear also: what case does it come in, how much memory equipped, what graphics card, how much HDD, what keyboard, speakers? I would rather have a naked board and build myself, but just the motherboard isn't what I expected to hear described as "a complete product".

Scott Woodall

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Boot_WB 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:24:29
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@Seer
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If it's any comfort your news item was posted for about a second or so.


Yes, I saw the link, but when I clicked on it I was told "this story does not exist". Ironically, that statement seems quite fitting

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Chris_Y 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:27:51
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@swoodall

I was about to whinge that it needed a PCI graphics card, becuase of course they aren't that easy to get hold of these days, but you just reminded me that it will be shipping with one anyway, so I revoke my whinging

Good price for a complete system.

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i won't invest in theese boards until the lawsuit is over/solved

The same here.

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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:28:49
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The only thing to do to help Hyperion to develop Amiga os 4.0 now and in the future and to prevent the failure of AMIGA OS 4.0 as we know it today is not to buy this hardware ( that's my opinion and i hope it is also yours )

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Benji 
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@toaks

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Ack has stated that it will run OS4 several places allready.


So what? BBRV makes the same claim.

Nothing will happen until legal issues are resolved - and even then it sounds like if Hyperion lost then OS4 development is effectively abandoned.

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nicholas 
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So what OS will this run?

More importantly will $489==489 as per usual, or will we actually pay the real cost of 245 here in the UK?

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Plaz 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:29:59
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I wonder how far down the production line the new boards are already? Another 2 weeks or months away from first shipments?

Plaz
(I hate a run-on sentence.)

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kriz 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:30:32
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Hyperion is the programmers of OS4, they are the original developers of OS4. Who on earth is going to maintan and continue develop this ? Amiga Inc. ? Or one man ACK ?

I say no to Amiga Inc.

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@nicholas

Quote:
So what OS will this run?


IANAL - but I guess if they dont own it they cant claim to make in run on "their" hardware, else they might end up in court...

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Plaz 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:32:42
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@Nicholas

Just for you, go ahead and add that EU200 surcharge.

Good question though. I hope it's a true exchange rate for those with euros.

Plaz

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Androxyn 
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Wish there had been more details, but the price is sure nice for a full OS4 ready system.

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Hagbard_Celine 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:33:14
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Please Guys, do not support them.

Please bring back the old Commo Management. Please

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Plaz 
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Quote:
Quote:
i won't invest in theese boards until the lawsuit is over/solved

The same here.


Solved favoralbly for all I might add..... Me too.

Plaz

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DrBombcrater 
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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:36:24
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Ugh. PCI graphics, one memory slot, and a 400MHz processor with no L2 cache and a crummy 64-bit memory bus? That's not a computer, that's a calculator with delusions of grandeur.

But better than nothing I suppose. Just barely.

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Posted on 30-Apr-2007 19:42:29
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i hope they cannot sell (if they produce something first..) nothing.
Amiga Inc is the death of the rest of "Amiga" spirit.
Hope you all boycott them

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