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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 (26918 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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Re: Entry Level Design Details from ACK Controls and Amiga
Posted on 5-May-2007 3:20:02
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So really what you were looking for was more or less a mid level system. Unfortunately, demand hasn't fallen within that realm. Requests have always been for something low cost or something high end.


I think some of it has do to with how you define mid level. What you are calling entry level, I would call an embedded application board...a board that is designed to run a specific set of applications without need of reserve power for future software releases. What you are calling mid level, I am calling minimum acceptable spec for a home system. What is low cost? I mean...$498 is cheap for a PPC system, but it is horrifically underpowered. In the world of Amiga, we have always lived by the idea of mips over Mhz (or Ghz), and while 1250 is about 4 times that of the most powerful Amiga accelerator, the single core Athlon XP processors are 15-20 times that. I know that we do not need a lot of power to run OS4, but what about flash and java - both of which are needed and should be on the must do list for developers...you are playing mp3's and surfing, and you hit a web site heavy on java and flash...what happens then? Is a 500Mhz 603e powerful enough? food for thought...I know that we don't have adequate support for Java and flash now but what happens when we do? Emulation of other systems and game systems could make use of the hardware power surplus.

I remember how fast and responsive my A3000 with a CSPPC/060 + CVPPC felt and I may end up buying an entry level box (because I could not afford $1500), but I wish it had been a $599 or $699 entry level system with a bit more under the hood.

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Re: Entry Level Design Details from ACK Controls and Amiga
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