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Announcement   Announcement : ACube Systems
   posted by mordock on 11-Jan-2007 7:29:30 (13564 reads)
Bassano del Grappa (Italy) 10/01/2007 - Alternative Holding Group, Soft 3 and Virtual Works created today ACube Systems Srl, a company born to take care of the production and commercialisation of the Sam440ep product line.
Sam440ep will be the first manufactured motherboard. The heart of Sam is the PowerPC 440, a System On Chip (SoC) made by AMCC under a licence from IBM.


The main characteristic of a SoC system is the presence, together with the CPU, of a number of integrated peripherals which allow to build a complete system with a huge savings of both development and debug time, with less components and space used on the PCB. This also results in a significant cost reduction for the customer.
As a consequence, the board doesn't need the classical northbridge / southbridge combination because a part of their functionalities are implemented in the CPU, and the balance is provided by other components and devices.
The availability is planned for the first quarter of 2007.
The new company will continue to do research and development for current projects for the embedded and desktop markets.
More news will be made available in the next weeks through the company website www.acube-systems.biz.
    

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Re: ACube Systems
Posted on 11-Jan-2007 14:16:51
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heh, and how many hoops do you have to go through to get it up to a home computer type standard? also if it was wanted to go for hw that is about to become obsolete people would have gone for mac hw


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I think my Gamecube would beat it running desltop apps...for 1/4 the price...

The gamecube is not a computer. Can you even hook up a keyboard+mouse to the gamecube?

But anyways to get back on topic.... I sure look forward to hearing more updates soon and i especially want to hear any updates regarding OS4 port progress. Good luck!

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I think my Gamecube would beat it running desltop apps...for 1/4 the price...


Nintendo subsidizes their hardware with game licensing and sales. Get a grip.


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A step in the right direction. Best of luck!


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Nintendo subsidizes their hardware with game licensing and sales. Get a grip.


Yeah all that and the fact they have mass production runs of all their hardware... It's amazing how some people seem to think in our small market, that a magic wand can be waved and hardware can be produced as easily and economically as a multi million dollar business like Nintendo.


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I am not sure if this was the hardware news whose "source" was supposed to surprize us.

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I am not sure if this was the hardware news whose "source" was supposed to surprize us.


No it was confirmed in that thread that this news is unrelated. Ack seems to have a tendency to say such stuff from time to time. Take it with a pinch of salt !


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Well said. What is more needed is an official statement about OS4 working on it or being licensed to work on it. Then there would be a real reason to cheer.

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The gamecube is not a computer.
Can you even hook up a keyboard+mouse to the gamecube?


Yes. There are PS/2 adapters for the controller ports. Also, you can use SD cards in the memory card ports with an adapter and tweak the POT on the laser to read DVD-R discs.

...and yes...

a PPC AROS port is sort of in the works...

oh and it's $50 - $60 used in GameStop or $99 new.

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Yeah! That's a great idea. I want to do something similar too. - Lars

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Poster: Deniil715 Date: 11-Jan-2007 7:58:52
Oh I want one!
I'm going to build it into a suitcase
Does anyone know how much power it consumes??


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I am not sure if this was the hardware news whose "source" was supposed to surprize us.

Is not.. That was ACK and he cancelled his announcement yet again and said that he would not give any updates before hardware was finished and OS4 was running on it.

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Yeah all that and the fact they have mass production runs of all their hardware... It's amazing how some people seem to think in our small market, that a magic wand can be waved and hardware can be produced as easily and economically as a multi million dollar business like Nintendo. :


Why not take advantage of cheap hardware that already exists and will only get cheaper?

GC homebrew is already running on the Wii via Action Replay and an SD card adapter ($12). Or use this: http://us.codejunkies.com/shop/product.asp?c=US&cr=USD&cs=$&r=0&l=1&ProdID=389

A $12 chip lets you boot your own software from DVD-R on the GC and the same is in development for the Wii.

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@Lou

how do resolve the 40Mb Ram and crippled Ethernet though?

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When you write a standalone app that uses that much, then I'll worry. I love this argument. Amiga programmers have been writing apps for years for 512K of RAM and suddenly the platform changes and suddenly every app is a resource hog, as is the OS.

As for cripled ethernet, it's peak is 27Mbps which is more than enough bandwidth for online play as most broadband upload speed is at 256kbps anyway and you have over 10 times that much available.

Once the Wii hardware is exposed, then the 54Mbps wi-fi and wired adapter will be available there and an extra 48MB of RAM.

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Most of the time, my A1 uses only a small fraction of its 512 MB. However, I can remember the frustration of trying to do image processing on high resolution images using ImageFX on a 2MB Amiga. You want to do processing on large data sets, you need large amounts of RAM, it's that simple. Even computer games these days end up with megabytes of textures and other data.

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It looks like a good fit for an A1200 successor.


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I think my Gamecube would beat it running desltop apps...for 1/4 the price...



Wait....there is a case idea for a SAM or an Efika! Thanks Lou...I'll buy a GC - and gut it!

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Well done guys! Keep us updated with fresh news


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Wait....there is a case idea for a SAM or an Efika! Thanks Lou...I'll buy a GC - and gut it!

And run what on it exactly? This is an Amiga forum so what's with all this crap with regard to the Gamecube about?

SAM will no doubt be capable of running OS4

Efika will run MorphOS...

and Gamecube will run.... who cares? But not OS4 which is what we all want to run!

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And run what on it exactly? This is an Amiga forum so what's with all this crap with regard to the Gamecube about?


I am sorry I guess you didn't see the humor in it. I could care less about a gamecube too. I was mearly saying that I'd gut it out and use the GC as a case. I was just as confused as to why the Gamecube nonsence was brought up as well.

.... ah... nevermind.

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