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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : Video demonstration of the Efika
   posted by adiaux on 31-Jan-2007 8:39:21 (6007 reads)
A real-life demonstration of the Efika hardware has been released, in the form of a video showing Linux, QNX and MorphOS running. The system in the video is an Efika 5200 (MPC5200B/400Mhz, 128MB Memory) with a Radeon 7000 PCI graphics card.

EFIKA Demonstration

At the top of the page, there is a flash-based video player showing the film, but at the bottom of the page there is also a 17MB mpeg4 version of it.
    

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Re: Video demonstration of the Efika
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Not trying to draw ire from the MorphOS crowd here but... I mean... that wasn't much of a showing for MorphOS. Blink and you'll miss it.



Any realistic idea when you can this thing bundled with MorphOS?


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very nice video..


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Yeah, once MOS is out for it properly I'll be getting one :)
Don't need one for linux, but I could do with a MOS machine.. and the remaining Pegasos IIs are still out of my price range :(


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WOW!!!!... i am really impressed by the spesifications!... you know i got a 2ghz x86 with 1gb ram here, that i run linux on, this was cheaper than the ekifa..... i hope for godsake this will not be used with aos4.0... and i also hope not morphos people will have to downgrade from pegasos2 hw for this.... if this is the only choice for the amiga platform then we are into a very dark future..

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Re: Video demonstration of the Efika
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@Legion

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Any realistic idea when you can this thing bundled with MorphOS?


No idea whatsoever. I hope soon, but if it stands between releasing a MorphOS 1.4.5 version for the Efika tomorrow or a MorphOS 1.5 version for all supported hardware a bit further down the spring, then I'd vote for the latter!

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@BinoX

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the remaining Pegasos IIs are still out of my price range :(


Well, the Efika isn't really comparable to the Pegasos 2 performance wise or spec wise, but at $99 (during the spring), who cares? A very affordable way to try out MorphOS!

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Wasn't it $199?


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@Mr.Spackles

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WOW!!!!... i am really impressed by the spesifications!...


Really?

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you know i got a 2ghz x86 with 1gb ram here, that i run linux on,


I've got a brand new Athlon64 X2 Dual Core 5200+, 2x1GB Ram, Geforce 8800GTS. Jealous?

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this was cheaper than the ekifa.....


I bet. But an Efika can be very useful for some things.

For example, in a 24/7 application (a low performance server for instance), the *power savings alone* from using the Efika instead of your 2ghz x86 would pay the full price of the Efika in less than a year (at least for me, measured by swedish energy costs), hence the Efika choice could be easily justified. And with a price of $99, it would only take half a year for the Efika choice to pay off (or 2 Efikas instead of one in a full year ).

Not everything needs 2ghz x86 you know...

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i hope for godsake this will not be used with aos4.0...


I hope it will (among other hardware of course).

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and i also hope not morphos people will have to downgrade from pegasos2 hw for this....


Why would Pegasos owners *replace* their Peg's with the Efika?

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if this is the only choice for the amiga platform then we are into a very dark future..


Well, it isn't (at least it won't be).

But the strength of Amiga is lean computing, the ability to run fine on low power hardware like this one for instance. IMHO it is in this field (and not on desktop) that Amiga can have a commercial future; embedded multimedia applications of various kinds.

OS4 on an Efika together with Hollywood makes far more sense than OS4 on your 2ghz x86!

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@Srbin

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Wasn't it $199?


Today, yes.

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Re: Video demonstration of the Efika
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One question though..
Which version of wipeout was running in that demo???
I hope the original WOS + Warp3D...
I would get The Efika MOS version just to be able to pay that game again..

Here is hoping its that version..

BTW.... does anyone know if AOS4.0 runs Wipeout2097???


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Well, the Efika isn't really comparable to the Pegasos 2 performance wise or spec wise, but at $99 (during the spring), who cares? A very affordable way to try out MorphOS!


Performance wise doesn't bother me too much...

I've never had the chance to use MorphOS yet...

Also hoping to write some apps for AOS4 and MOS...
(I'd quite like to do side by side coding rather than porting later)


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The price is what we need for an OS4 board. The performance is not always the selling point. Just like a show room, they show off the cars that look really cool, but you end up buying the one that is affordable. I hope OS4 hardware will be competitive with this price range. I wouldn't even mind if OS4 ran on this, but if it doesn't it may be important to have a low cost board that any developer can pick up.

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Why is this a news item??????

This has nothing to do with OS4 hardware. Its been said over & over that OS4 will not be ported to the Efika. All this does is take space away from real OS4 news.

More BBRV advertising!


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This has nothing to do with OS4 hardware. Its been said over & over that OS4 will not be ported to the Efika. All this does is take space away from real OS4 news.



Yes, you are correct.
This has not more to do with OS4 than any other of the news we accept.
This news item was considered to be of general interest to the users here on Amigaworld.net, and therefore accepted.

Examples of other news not OS4 related:

PS3 and YDL on PS3

Samantha and Panda

All of the above lacks a license to run OS4.
(Hopefully at least one of them will get one)

I can also dig out more news not OS4 related if needed, inquiries via PM.

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End of subject, keep on topic, as always, feel free to protest via PM

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Edited: Trolling attempt

(re-posted because it was deleted, i have a point of view and i'm going to express it!)

@wizzard_o
I do respect the views of you and everyone else here on this forum.
But please, don't comment on things not mentioned in the news item, that is considered as trolling. /Tomazkid


Hmm, I guess I CANT post my point of view then, Thanks.

Wizz.

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Quote:
WOW!!!!... i am really impressed by the spesifications!... you know i got a 2ghz x86 with 1gb ram here, that i run linux on, this was cheaper than the ekifa..... i hope for godsake this will not be used with aos4.0... and i also hope not morphos people will have to downgrade from pegasos2 hw for this.... if this is the only choice for the amiga platform then we are into a very dark future..

It is supposed to be a low power machine and not a damn gaming monster. From what i saw, it ran perfectly fine with both QNX and MorphOS and thus it would also run OS4 just fine as well.. Why do you need 2ghz for this? Is not like amigaos got any games that need this kind of power.

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So how many of these boards are out there now? It seems we have at least 50,000 units so far plus how many more?


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@sundown

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Why is this a news item??????


Well, on top of tomazkid's explanation (the news being of general interest to the target group of this website, etc); it's highly relevant for the MorphOS part of the Amiga community, it *could be* relevant for the AROS part of the Amiga community (link 1, link 2), and who knows, maybe it can become relevant for the OS4 part of the Amiga community as well, if cards are played out well?

And videos are always better than screenshots. It shows how things are running in reality. Power, performance, responsiveness, etc.

Anyway, no-one has commented on the fact that QNX *evidently* runs on the Efika. IMHO, this is *definitely* worth highlighting a bit, IMHO!

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So how many of these boards are out there now?


A wild guess of mine is that it's around 200-300 boards, depending on how large the first production run was (I think there has only been one first, initial production run of public Efica's). Possibly closer to the first mentioned than to the latter.

"We have shipped the first few hundred Developer EFIKAs. The next batch will begin to ship in three weeks". Add resellers on top of that.

But I'm clueless, I admit!

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It seems we have at least 50,000 units so far plus how many more?


Maybe not just yet!

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