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Software News   Software News : New eFlasher available
   posted by DJS on 27-Mar-2004 13:08:16 (1211 reads)
Elbox Computer is happy to announce availability of the new eFlasher program for the eFlash 4000 Zorro III card. Version 1.4 of the eFlasher program and version 1.0 of the eFlashConfig script have been released today for all registered users of the eFlash 4000 cards.

The eFlasher program is the tool developed for the eFlash 4000 Zorro III cards. It helps to manage FlashROM memory contents of the eFlash 4000 card. It installs AmigaOS ROM Updates and other modules, which can be started from the eFlash 4000 memory during the Amiga boot process.

The eFlasher program features:

? supports the BoingBag-1 and BoingBag-2 AmigaOS ROM Updates,
? works with any resident modules,
? supports multiple modules in one file,
? AmigaOS updates done during the Amiga boot process are detected by the Setpatch automatically.

eFlashConfig is an easy to use script to enable managing contents of memory in FlashROM of the eFlash 4000.

About the eFlash 4000 card:

eFlash 4000 is an autobooting Zorro III card with extremely fast 32-bit design, fitted with 8Mb of FlashROM memory.

The on-board FlashROM allows storage of programs, which are run at the computer's boot-up process. Every resident-capable programs, libraries, devices, and AmigaOS ROM Updates can be stored in the FlashROM memory of the eFlash 4000 card and executed without reboots on a cold Amiga start. This dramatically reduces the boot time of classic Amigas.

The on-board FlashROM allows storage of programs, which are run at the computer's boot-up process. Every resident-capable programs, libraries, devices, and AmigaOS ROM Updates can be stored in the FlashROM memory of the eFlash 4000 card and executed without reboots on a cold Amiga start. This dramatically reduces the boot time of classic Amigas.

The eFlash 4000 card can also initialise PCI cards installed in Mediator-equipped A3000 and A4000 computers before the AmigaOS system starts. The computer could be booted from mass storage devices connected through various PCI controllers, e.g. Spider Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cards and Ultra-ATA/133 PCI controllers, when drivers are available.

Users of the AmigaOS4.x operating system will have an additional benefit: the eFlash 4000 card will give them a possibility of definite shortening of the system's start time by executing the AmigaOS code from the FlashROM memory.

Thanks to the extremely fast design and the linear memory addressing, the eFlash 4000 card can be also used as a very fast non-volatile memory for storing the data, whose reading is time critical. FlashROM memory installed on the eFlash 4000 card allows also direct execution of programs stored in this memory without the necessity of copying programs code to the system Fast memory.

The FlashROM memory installed in the eFlash 4000 Zorro III card is directly available in the Zorro III Amiga memory space. This FlashROM memory can be read at the full speed of the 32-bit Zorro III bus.

The access time to the FlashROM memory of the eFlash 4000 Zorro III card is over ten times faster than the access time to FlashROM of the Flash Zorro II cards. It is not only because Zorro III protocol is much faster than offered by Zorro II. It is also because the FlashROM of the eFlash 4000 card is directly readable in one megabyte of linear memory space with the 32-bit datapatch, while in Flash Zorro II cards the FlashROM is readable through sixteen kilobytes memory window with the 8-bit datapatch.


If your Amiga is equipped with Zorro III bus, the eFlash 4000 card is the best FLASH solution for you!
    

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