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hardware OS4   hardware OS4 : New Hardware Designs from ACK Software Controls, Inc. and Amiga, Inc.
   posted by Flystone on 23-Apr-2007 6:45:24 (43285 reads)
Issaquah, Wash and Fonthill, ON – April 22, – After months of designs and negotiations Amiga, Inc. and ACK Software Controls, Inc. are pleased to announce that new hardware is on its way for Amiga users.


link to press release


The announcement speaks of two designs:

Quote:
The first is a consumer entry design that will offer a complete product with a target price point of $500.0


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while the second will be of a power design that would have a target price point of $ 1,500.00



According to Bill McEwen (CEO of Amiga Inc) this deal and the previously named products have been months in the making.

Quote:
ACK and Amiga have spent many months working on designs and working with various manufacturers to create great products with a competitive price point. We will be working with the Amiga retailers over the coming weeks to solidify launch and support plans



The press release also indicates further information is on the way during the following week, so stay tuned for more info.

Quote:
Manufacturing and final price information along with product launch schedules will be following in the next week.



Credits for this news item goes also to Insanity Tomazkid
    

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Finally


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damnit, all my fine quotes for nothing (I was also creating a news event) grr.
oh well
congrats amigans and kuudos to Adam and Amiga Inc.


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@Insanity

Added those and gave you credits for it


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wub you tomas


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I'll believe it when it's available for sale. To date, AInc and ACK share much in common- failure to deliver much the 'community' wants, regardless of what's been said/promised etc.

And of course, this begs the question- what of SAM then?


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How sweet it is. For those who didn't believe, perhaps it is now time for those 20 answers from Bill.

Just spent my $1800.00 a week ago - darn.


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Is it time to exhale a decade plus sigh of relief???

Could we really, finally have a new Amiga here?

Somebody slap me or hand me a paper bag to hyperventilate in!!!


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Amiga Inc...

has
a
pulse?

Are things turning around...?


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I hope....
I want a new amiga hardware!
"..off to the ACK website?" I don't know the web link"
Now I start to work...


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WOW!

I hope that new hardware is coming really!
And i never thought that the first new official Hardware comes from ACK...


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Yes yes, finaly..

But with that news my A1 just droped in price :/

Nah I'm still happy

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I tried Googling their website and found nada...


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From the "unofficial list of potential OS4 hardware" thread on aw.net:

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Maker: ACK Software Controls

No official license for OS4

Board: PowerVixxenTL

- ATX formfactor board called the PowerVixxenTL (not to be confused with the PowerVixxenLT which is the a1200 expansion).- It will come with a 1.7GHz 7448 for $1000-1200 usd, or with a 1GHz 750GL for $650 usd.
- Theres two versions of this board. Theres the stripper version, which has no onboard PATA/SATA/USB. That functionality is added with a combo card. The stripper board has a 66MHz PCI slot especially for this card. The newer design has a south bridge which will give onboard PATA/SATA/USB, but I dont think this design is quite ready yet.
- IIRC both boards will have PCI-Express (1x lane in the stripper board I believe, and possibly more for the PVTL with southbridge).
- The stripper board is more or less ready, but with some small technical problems.
- Both boards have 2x gigabit ethernet, and are based on the Tundra Tsi 109 northbridge.

More information I gleaned from an IRC log:
[15:48:28] {jahc} what functionality was the soutbridge going to provide again? PATA+SATA+USB+PCI-express?
[15:51:35] {ack} PATA / SATA / USB / AC97 / PCI and it's connected to Host bridge using PCI Express 4x (+bridge on Tsi109)

Board: PowerVixxenLT

- Based on a PowerPC 5200B SoC (System on Chip). Aproximately 400mhz.
- May have onboard Radeon mobility graphics, or a MiniPCI connector for graphics
- Plugs into an A1200, OR can run standalone by itself. An upgrade for PCI slots etc is expected to come out later
- May take DDR RAM
- Has onboard PATA, with Silicon Image 0680 chipset
- USB of some description
(these details are all typed off the top of my head)


I submitted this information myself, and its a mess. It was obtained from IRC over a few months, and I picked out the bits and pieces of information from my logfiles. I'm guessing that the two designs referenced in this news item are going to closely resemble the above specs. But it will be good to hear the official latest up to date specs next week. I wouldnt be surprised if they have seen improvements. For instance, the highend board might possibly have onboard SATA now (this is pure speculation on my part though).

Note: the prices are higher in the Amiga Inc news item than what was previously mentioned. Could this be for OS4 added on?

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I will beleive it when I see it, I reserve the right to be just a bit sceptical.

New HW on the way, does that mean a new design and new prototypes or does it mean that AOS4.0 will be availble for SAM??

springs to mind here :)

But atleast its good to hear something from A Inc.


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I really hope that Hyperion's deal with ACube wasn't exclusive, otherwise it's going to be just a bit awkward...

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It can't be! ACK is really the last manufacturer I'd have expected something from
Anyway, I'll believe it . Adam has already a track record of breaking promises at the last minute...I hope not this time, it would really be silly to have a license without hardware!!!
'cause this is the main news item: a license!!!

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We need more than designs.

We need real HW.
We need AOS that can be bought.

We need those to work together, preferably legally.

...




Untill then. YAWN!






btw. did these CPU cards come vailable:
http://amigaworld.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3047

Last edited by KimmoK on 23-Apr-2007 at 09:21 AM.


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Quote:
“I have been working on these designs with Amiga for almost 12 months"


Can't be the Powervixxen LT then...

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