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Old 30 April 2007, 21:20   #1
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Amiga inc reveal new entry Amiga computer - $489usd

Details of new Entry Level Computer!

Issaquah, Wash and 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 (1 kb 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.

http://www.amiga.com/news/index.php?art=27
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A real BEAST of a computer. Come on...
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Notice the website says it will ship Summer 2007. What odds that will slip?
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A real BEAST of a computer. Come on...
erm, Low Level Entry, it does say that...

They aren't exactly Asus or intel etc, small potential userbase + low production run = higher prices.
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Old 30 April 2007, 21:53   #5
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Lookie what all you can buy for the same or less:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site//olspage...&type=category

With your choice of modern OS.
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erm, Low Level Entry, it does say that...

They aren't exactly Asus or intel etc, small potential userbase + low production run = higher prices.
I know we're talking about the current Amiga market and the prize tag on this thingie is not at all bad when compared to amounts people are ready to spend on PowerUp PPC cards. But it just seems a bit silly that according to Amiga Inc. similiar machines are to secure a leading role in today's computer industry.
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Lookie what all you can buy for the same or less:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site//olspage...&type=category

With your choice of modern OS.
Yes, its wonderful, but for those who are tired and jaded of Windows, perhaps you may just want to concede that maybe, just maybe, someone else may want to run the latest version of the Amiga OS?

I mean, I appreciate that some people here only ever touched an Amiga for the games, but if you look under the bonnet as they say, and use the OS, you'll find its a neat little OS which doesn't give you half the headache Windows does.

Its for those who care, those who don't will continue to run Amiga Emulators safe in ignorant bliss. It your choice and I salute you on that, go ahead, just don't knock someone else's choice.
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I was going to write a lengthy reply, but in the interest of de-escalation I'll keep it short so it doesn't sound like I really want to argue.

I was merely expressing that I really don't see the point anymore. But please, please don't take me too seriously.
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"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."

Does this mean we get a nice generic PC case to put it in... What about PSU RAM HDD CDROM (DVDROM in a Dream). PCI graphics? come on not in 2007 please!
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Old 30 April 2007, 23:16   #10
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a case (no pun intended) of way to little..... way too late.... infact not at all.... how can you declare that "we have a product.... in a year from now!" please.... its so sad its not even funny....

if only half of this time was used in making an x86 compatible system (instead of ppc *pointless propriety chipset* LOL) we could of all had an option to run an amiga OS by now... and they would of made money instead of lawsuits! and hot air with vapourware companys!

bah.... amiga.inc : all you ever wanted, never to be delivered!

what sickens me is that i can buy a laptop with more power / games and productivity and still get change compaired to that some what overpriced ppc junk... i mean.... 500 bucks for a PCI graphics solution!?!?!??! get the f*ck outa here fucktards!!!!!
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Dont hold back Zetr0 - just say what you really mean... ;-)
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[...] get the f*ck outa here fucktards!!!!!
I like the selective censorship.
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Old 30 April 2007, 23:32   #13
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I honestly tried to resist it... i really did....bu after i got done typing the $500 it was all down hill from then on...... i am suprised i didn`t slew another 1000 words LOL....

@eLowar

LMAO
I supose one is an expletive of an act where as the other is a statement of nature... truth is.... i got carried away.... there was some foaming at the mouth too.... maybe some drool....
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Old 30 April 2007, 23:38   #14
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1 (one) 66MHz PCI slot for use with readily available graphics cards.
Readily available? I thought PCI graphics cards were older than the hills?
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Old 30 April 2007, 23:47   #15
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lets see

ISA

ISA 2

Extended ISA

PCI 1.x

PCI 2.x <--------here is where the 66mhz pci sits....

PCI 64bit

AGP 1,2,4

AGP 2,4 8

PCI-E

PCI-E - SLI

PCI-E - Crossfire

hmmmm for a new and MARKET LEADING EDGE... its a total f*cking LIE as its total backwards technology!!!!!!
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and 66mhz cards rarer still
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They could be PCI-X? This is a 66MHz 64-bit PCI slot, and there are a lot of embedded chips for this standard.

I have to say that it is absolutely going to suck ass. My NAS drive has better specs!
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The funny part is that i don't notice what OS will it be running?

How strange...
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FIVE.
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DOLLARS.

For four to six hundred blazing megahertz. Half a grand for eight-year-old technology. This is a joke, right? Even running UAE will be an uphill battle for this hilariously overpriced pile of crap.
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Which OS' will it be running? Classic AmigaOS' up to 3.9? 4.0?
Will it emulate classic hardware (all the custom chips incl. AGA)?
Will it run classic and more recent applications and games?

I guess the answers are... NO-NO-NO, but whoever has some details about that please enlighten me!
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