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Hardware News   Hardware News : New PCI board for A1200: Mediator 1200 TX
   posted by DJS on 22-Feb-2008 19:15:44 (7771 reads)
Elbox Computer, the company that introduced the PCI standard to Amiga, is pleased to announce the latest Mediator model -- MEDIATOR PCI 1200 TX -- the successor of the MEDIATOR PCI 1200 SX.

New firmware embedded in CPLDs of MEDIATOR 1200 TX allows significant speed-up of graphic card operations when hardware 2D and 3D acceleration is used in single-processor systems (68k or PPC). The new firmware operation modes are supported by the new Mediator OS3.x System Files provided on the enclosed MM CD. Native PowerPC support will be provided in the upcoming update of AmigaOS 4.0.


MEDIATOR PCI 1200 TX, like its predecessor, has 6 PCI slots, busmastering in all PCI slots, Power Management Interface, ATX and AT power connectors, and provides 3.3V auxiliary supply to all PCI slots.

MEDIATOR PCI 1200 TX is dedicated for A1200 in D-BOX 1200, Mirage 1200, E/BOX 1200 (Power, Winner), EZ-Z4 and Infinitiv tower cases.

Included with the MEDIATOR PCI 1200 TX is the Mediator Multimedia CD with new versions of drivers for Sound, TV tuner, Ethernet 10Mbps, Fast Ethernet 100Mbps and Graphic PCI cards.

For the list of currently supported PCI cards see Mediator Driver Guide.
For more info, see Mediator PCI 1200 TX website.



Pricing and availability

The Mediator PCI TX will be on sale from 27th February 2008 with suggested retail price EUR 195.95 (plus local taxes and shipping costs).

To locate an authorized distributor or purchase product in Elbox Online Store visit website.


Upgrading Mediator 1200 SX to the new Mediator 1200 TX will be possible. The TX Upgrade program for Mediator 1200 SX users will be announced at a later time.
    

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Re: New PCI board for A1200: Mediator 1200 TX
Posted on 22-Feb-2008 20:55:02
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And, the number one question expected - will DMA on Mediator work under OS4 properly now, or not?
If so, I'm sure several will welcome this.

Last edited by wegster on 22-Feb-2008 at 08:59 PM.


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Followed by:
- where is Shark?


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Cool i guess :)

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DMA did not work, because Hyperion did not won't to support hacks.

The question is can this new card do DMA transfer whit out video-memory hacks, if not will ELBox support video memory hacks on AmigaOS4.


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do i see a dragon coming? come on elbox........release

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Poster: wegster Date: 22-Feb-2008 15:56:29

Followed by:
- where is Shark?


That's easy, the same place the Dragon is.. On my Giant Vapor list


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Nice to see anything from elbox these days :)

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Native PowerPC support will be provided in the upcoming update of AmigaOS 4.0.


The suggests a renewed co-operation with Hyperion.

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@Rob

Yes it might suggest Hyperion is getting hardware documentation


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Good work Elbox!
More choices for classic users, problem with 3.3V solved

PCI IDE cards 3.3V Mediator 1200 NO No 3.3V support in PCI hardware

Hayperion will suport this for sure!

Will 1200 LT and 1200 be upgradeble? What about Mediators 3000 and 4000?


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And what about ATI drivers and support for this cards
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Advantages :

-3.3V support (so some cards maybe usable under amiga
-You can use atx power suplly not just at
-You can wake up your amiga by LAN signal
-Maybe gfx card accelerated, but somebody proof it, until then it is only the same marketing bla bla from elbox.

Disadvantages:

- It is not using real dma, just the gfx card hack. (same as the earlier models)
-max 8MB memory window. It reveals everithing, so i doubt it is faster than earlier models.

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do i see a dragon coming?


No. Dragon does not use a PCI slot.

http://web.archive.org/web/20060309072106/http://ext.neostrada.pl/elbox_news/inspection-1.jpg

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Disadvantages:

- It is not using real dma, just the gfx card hack. (same as the earlier models)
-max 8MB memory window. It reveals everithing, so i doubt it is faster than earlier models.


Sadly this is due to limitations of the expansion slot and there is not much Elbox can do about that.

I doubt that it would be realistic to retro-fit DMA access between your acclerator and the PCI bus board.
I doubt that Elbox would be able to interface it with the Blizzard PPC miniPCI either, for the same reason that Hyperion can't support the GREX.

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I'm not overly excited by this... but alas, it's nice to see support for OS4 and vice versa.

I won't shell out for another Mediator, I know that much

Steve

P.S - The link to the 'Mediator Driver Guide' in the news item isn't linking correctly.

Last edited by stevieu on 23-Feb-2008 at 12:41 AM.


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- where is Shark?


Never going to happen. It's more than 6 years since it was announced, the market is a fraction of what it was (and it was small then!), the product is out of production and wouldn't meet ROHS specs.

The Shark is dead.

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P.S - The link to the 'Mediator Driver Guide' in the news item isn't linking correctly.

The correct link Mediator Driver Guide


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@Rob

I would have thought that the cards could have done DMA to chip mem, at least. Since chip mem isn't in use for graphics at that point, using it for ethernet, USB and sound might kinda almost make sense.

And if an accelerator had come along that mapped 4/8MB (depending on whether the user wants to use PCMCIA memory) of FAST mem as Zorro-II memory, that would have rocked. But alas.


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I wonder if putting 1MB or so of memory directly on the Mediator, and using it as a DMA buffer rather than messing with the gfx board memory, would have solved all these issues... It should atleast avoid the need for a gfxboard just to be able to use a whatever-board.

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