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Hardware News   Hardware News : ACube Systems announces the Summer Follies - Updated!
   posted by Flystone on 25-Jul-2008 6:19:34 (9819 reads)


ACube Systems is happy to announce the Summer Follies, an incredible promotion on the Sam440ep boards.

From today and until September 30th 2008 included, we offer a Sam440ep board 533 Mhz at a price of 299,00 Euros (+ VAT and shipping fees). This is a discount of Euro 160.00 on the normal price.
(Read more!)


More information on this offer as well as the technical specification of the board and the purchase details will be found here: ACube Systems Summer Follies

    

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Re: ACube Systems announces the Summer Follies
Posted on 25-Jul-2008 8:01:46
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wow! great discount!
i'd have one in an instant if it ran os4!


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@spotUP

Yea, me too, if it ran OS4!

/me can't stop wondering if this is all connected:
Why would Hyperion announce OS4.1 without any hardware?
Why would ACube run such a promotion campaign now, right after Hyperion announced OS4.1..?

I think it's connected, and I like it


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Re: ACube Systems announces the Summer Follies
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I am really tempted to add that sum to my credit card. If I could run OS4.x on it, I wouldn't have to think... well, we all think the same.

Grrrr!

Steve

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Re: ACube Systems announces the Summer Follies
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If it ran OS4, i'd sell my Pegasos and use the funds to get one


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@xeron

Quote:
If it ran OS4, i'd sell my Pegasos and use the funds to get one


You'd really do that even though your Pegasos runs faster?*


*Based on minimum speed of P1 600MHz model with average being P2 1GHz.

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Re: ACube Systems announces the Summer Follies
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What's not mentioned here, is that it's not only the price drop, but the inclusion of AROS on shipping.
So it may not run Amiga OS4, but it runs a Amiga OS like type, and right out from the box...

(If only the UAE integration bounty had been done...)


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@Hypex

Yep.


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@hardwired

If I had any kind of interest in AROS at all, i'd buy a PC to run it. Hence, i don't want the SAM unless it runs OS4.


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@spotUP "if it ran os4!"
@Deniil715 "if it ran OS4!"
@stevieu "If I could run OS4.x on it"
@xeron "If it ran OS4"

Well, well, well... it can!

Even though AInc can try to dictate what hardware gets to be called an "Amiga", they can't prevent people from buying SAMs and running OS4 on it if the SAM isn't sold as an "Amiga".

Any 3rd party coder could write and release patches/drivers to load/run OS4 on the SAM (except Hyperion maybe, due to the court case).

As long as the user isn't using a pirated copy of the OS, it doesn't make any difference what hardware runs it.

A better alternative would be for ACube to buy Eyetech LLC (the legal entity, not the stock), that way they'd get the rights granted by the A1 partners agreement and thus could legally sell the SAM as an AmigaOne.


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Which also wouldnt work for a variety of reasons

1) Eyetech is a ltd (not LLC) (minor niggle), they have no stock to buy, and it presumes that Eyetech wish to be bought

2) One of the reasons Eyetech quit was due to the Micro A1, and AInc's objections over it (resulting in various threats by AInc as I understand it). The main objection being that Eyetech didnt have permission to release another board under the A1 name.

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Well I for one will be seeing if I can afford one :)


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Let us know if OS4 works on it!! ;)


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Wow that is a nice deal.

You can read this a number of ways:
- OS4 is coming for this board
- their costs have come down
- they are sitting on too many boards
- they are clearing out stock for the next generation

The next generation of this board could use AMCC's upcoming 460EX chip: AMCC 460EX
This chip has added PCI-Express support, 1-channel SATA support, 256K L2 cache, and speeds up to 1.2Ghz.

I tend to believe it is either OS4 coming or a next-gen board.

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Anyone going to ask if they can have 160 euro off the price of the 667MHz board?

tiffers

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Quote:
- they are clearing out stock for the next generation

http://www.acube-systems.biz/eng/news.php?id=29

Quote:
Introducing Sam440ep-flex


ACube Systems is happy to announce the new Sam440ep-flex board.
Based on the successful Sam440ep design, the new board allows a better expandibility, thanks to its FlexATX form factor.
The Sam440ep-flex board features the same technical specifications as the Sam440ep, offering 3 PCI slots and 1 mini PCI slot, while keeping a compact design (215 x 170 mm)
The optional ZigBee module will allow remote monitoring and control, and sensory network applications (Home Automation, Building Automation and Industrial Automation)

Complete feature list:

FlexATX Form Factor (215 x 170 mm)
CPU SoC AMCC 440ep - 667 Mhz
DDR DIMM 100 slot, max 512 MB (or in alternative 512 MB DDR soldered onboard)
USB 2.0 OHCI/EHCI NXP PCI controller
Audio Cirrus Logic CS4281 and Realtek ALC655 Codec
Silicon Image 4 Serial ATA ports
Pericom 8150B PCI Bridge
PCI Slots - 1x 32 bits, 66 Mhz - 2x 32 bits, 33 Mhz
mini PCI Slot - 32 bits, 33 Mhz (optional)
2 integrated Ethernet 10/100 ports
FPGA Lattice XP with 80 pin I/O expansion connector
ZigBee module (optional)
RTC with backup battery
UBoot

Availability: August 2008

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at the moment SAM is just an overpriced dust collector. If I want to run Linux i will pick a cheap PC Hardware, this SAM board doenst make any sense for me.

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@Totally_Blind_Mule

True, the only thing thats happened at the moment is AROS being released for Sam440...

One thing I was wondering... wonder if its worth buying the board now, as the A1's didn't get OS4 for a while either... or was OS4 allways planned for the A1 anyway?

(Didn't people have to use Linux on the board for around a year?)

Also could this happen... Or is this really fantasy (probably hehe)... when OS4.1 is released it runs on the Sam440 but its just not advertised...?

Just some ideas.

-------------------------------

Also funny how this is released under AmigaOne news... theres something for the conspiracy theorists...

Last edited by DBAlex on 25-Jul-2008 at 01:01 PM.


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Release OS 4.x for it now and a bunch of us will buy it! Otherwise deep discount or no why waste the money?

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I think it's connected, and Ilike it

I kissed a girl and I liked it.



...

Or it could be because AROS just got ported to SAM...

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Nice for those that haven't got a Sam yet, but where can we current Sam owners get a hold of the Debian Linux netinstall CD?

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