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Announcement   Announcement : iMica Computers Update (pronounced eye-me-car)
   posted by clusteruk on 21-Dec-2009 14:47:34 (4109 reads)
Ever since I launched the iMica computer system I have had one goal in mind, and that is to create a standard base reference platform for Aros and a new low cost platform for the Amiga fan, not to replace existing classic 68k systems but to compliment them. Well some time has passed and I have been quiet but that is now going to change in 2010.

I have two pieces of immediate news for those who have been watching the iMica and saying they will be interested when it has proper native drivers. Firstly, as you know we started by supporting the development of native network drivers, but now we have stepped up a gear and contracted certain developments to fulfil the goals for iMica.

Audio Drivers

The iMica computer now has native AHI drivers for the HDaudio chip sets that support the iMica motherboards so no longer does it need the SoundBlaster Live cards and therefore frees the PCI slots for other projects being worked on. Also, modifications are being made for these drivers to support a number of modern netbooks and laptops and some motherboards that are based on Intel Atom designs. This work has been completed by Davy Wentzler of Audio Evolution fame http://www.audio-evolution.com/, please take a look at his recording studio if you have not already.


Official Workbench included

From next year all iMica’s will ship with Workbench 3.1 and Workbench 1.3, this will allow not only your 68k applications to run using Picasso screen modes as well as native but also your games and those amazing demos that run on Workbench 1.3 OS with sound.

Built your own iMica

If you have already built your own iMica style system or purchased a netbook without sound support in Aros, we want to enable you to access our sound drivers. However, they have cost money to develop and while we try to recoup our investment we are making a small charge for these drivers if not purchasing an iMica system of 10. Once money for developments is recouped we will put these payments into further Aros drivers and non fashionable development not covered by bounties.

There are a number of other improvements that are also being worked on, more on this in the New Year. All I can say is that iMica is here to stay and get better.

iMica will be available in the new year from 199 Euros, powered by IcAros 1.2 and also Ubuntu 9.10 via a dual boot option if you must.

http://www.clusteruk.com/
http://www.icarosdesktop.org/
    

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Re: iMica Computers Update (pronounced eye-me-car)
Posted on 21-Dec-2009 16:29:16
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Just to be clear, the main Janus-UAE emulator for the workbench 3.1 does not have sound but the older version we use for games and demos does.


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Cool! Is the 3.1 inclusion courtesy of a license made possible thanks to the settlement?

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Lets just say it was a big part of it.


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In what language is there an "R" sound on the end of "iMica" ?


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I am very happy that you are including WB 3.1 !

Who did you get a WB 3.1 license from?


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Muhahahaaa! The mainstream is stuttering, Amiga is rising again !!!


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In what language is there an "R" sound on the end of "iMica" ?

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@chaoslord

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In what language is there an "R" sound on the end of "iMica" ?


It is a silent "R"


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"R" also gets put in odd places in the southern US, as in "oil" pronounced as "oral." This reminds me of a story... I took my car to the garage. The mechanic said I needed to give it some "oil" (pronounced with the above-mentioned southern "r"). When I did, my wife saw me and yelled, "Get your lips off that thing!"


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Quote:
In what language is there an "R" sound on the end of "iMica" ?


It's the other way around: in England, there's no 'R' sound at the end of 'car'.

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@ncafferkey:

You've not been to the South West of England much, have you? :)

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Great news!

Steve, do you have list of supported netbooks?

Or at least a list of PCI product id's that are supported so that people can check support before purchase?

For example: my main PC uses GeForce 8200 chipset, but when I check lspci, it displays that the nvidia audio card is handled by "snd-hda-intel" driver. Maybe AROS driver would also work with chipsets other than Intel's?


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@Deadwood

I hope to have this information in the next few days, but not all are going to be supported. I have paid for the framework and iMica, and I will pay for one or two netbooks, but that will be it until money roles in or others contribute.

From what I understand in some cases it will just be a productID to be added but in others there will be codecs needed which are more time consuming. The key thing is that it is easier for him to do if he has access to the hardware somteimes.


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Sticks and stone's my break my bones but names will never hurt me."

You say "eye-me-car", I say" imika", let's not call the whole thing off!

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I would pronounce it "eye-me-cah" or "eye-my-cah". No idea how you get it to end in a "car"!


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@ClusterUK
Workbench is licensed from Hyperion?

Looking forward to see a hardware compatibility list.


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iMica's hdaudio driver works also on Acer Aspire One A150 netbook!

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Is there any chance of Davy taking up this bounty too?

http://www.power2people.org/bounty_036.html

Maybe the small amount of money currently donated is not very attractive, but it would be very good for Icaros VE. If he shows any interest towards it I might consider a donation.

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