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Hardware News   Hardware News : Software and hardware update for the C-One
   posted by Wiesel on 22-Nov-2008 1:13:53 (2046 reads)
The C-One is unique with it's architecture until today: The central components can re-configure each other while the machine is running. If you wanted to do this with a traditional computer, you'd have to exchange PCI cards or even the processor while it's turned on. The process took a few seconds, reminding the user of the speed of computers of the 80's. Although the C-One always aimed at resembling computers of that decade, that kind of speed is not acceptable for a current machine. FPGA developer Tobias Gubener has re-written the startup-procedure of the C-One (comparable to the BIOS of a normal PC) from scratch to overcome this.

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The new software is called "Newboot" and it's free to every C-One owner. It is not necessary to work on the C-One's hardware, as it's just a flash upgrade. Still, the performance of the new startup is stunning. Instead of the elderly 80's design, the C-One now welcomes you with a graphical menu and almost triple speed. While browsing through the menus, the FPGAs on the board are re-configured a number of times without the user even noticing. With Newboot, the C-One has made the final step to everyday-usability after a development time of five years.

With the FPGA Extender card that's available since yesterday, the C-One even overcomes the limitation of emulating only 8-bit systems. Tobias Gubener has ported Dennis van Weeren's Minimig as a first demonstration of the new capabilities: In addition to VIC-20, C64 and Amstrad CPC, the C-One can now run 32-bit systems like the Amiga. The FPGA capacity of the C-One is increased almost by a factor of five with the extender board! The technical data in short:

* Cyclone 3 FPGA in 65 nanometer technology
* 16 MByte Ram with up to 333 MByte per second data rate
* stereo delta-sigma audio converter
* two crystals for exact PAL and NTSC clocks
* high-bandwidth interface to the C-One
* simple Installation without soldering
* price: 99,- EUR (*)

New C-One boards are sold with the extender-card pre-installed for 333,- EUR (*). You can find more pictures and information on the website of the C-One.

(*) recommended retail price including German sales tax of 19%. Prices at our retail partners may vary. For mail ordering, shipping may be added.
    

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RobertB 
Re: Software and hardware update for the C-One
Posted on 22-Nov-2008 5:06:32
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New C-One boards are sold with the extender-card pre-installed for 333,- EUR

I'm glad I bought my CommodoreOne years ago (minus extender) for $225 US.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
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Wiesel 
Re: Software and hardware update for the C-One
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Robert Bernardo wrote:

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I'm glad I bought my CommodoreOne years ago (minus extender) for $225 US.


Good for you! Have you tried Newboot yet? it's really worth it, and it only takes a few minutes to install.

Jens

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Hypex 
Re: Software and hardware update for the C-One
Posted on 28-Nov-2008 12:10:46
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The C-One is unique with it's architecture until today: The central components can re-configure each other while the machine is running. If you wanted to do this with a traditional computer, you'd have to exchange PCI cards or even the processor while it's turned on.


I'm not sure I understand this. Until today? It is old already? Apart from that, on what computer can you pull the PCI cards and processor while it's running? The OS software hasn't been shutdown! Apart from the obvious risk of upsetting the electronics wouldn't the computer just crash instantly?

Even pulling an IDE harddrive out of my AmigaOne while it's running will upset OS4! I think I've missed the boat on this one.

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