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Hardware News : ACube Systems
Posted by keisangi on 2007/1/11 10:40:00 (3286 reads) News by the same author
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Bassano del Grappa (Italy) 10/01/2007 - Alternative Holding Group, Soft 3 and Virtual Works created today ACube Systems Srl, a company born to take care of the production and commercialisation of the Sam440ep product line.

Sam440ep will be the first manufactured motherboard. The heart of Sam is the PowerPC 440, a System On Chip (SoC) made by AMCC under a licence from IBM.

The main characteristic of a SoC system is the presence, together with the CPU, of a number of integrated peripherals which allow to build a complete system with a huge savings of both development and debug time, with less components and space used on the PCB. This also results in a significant cost reduction for the customer.
As a consequence, the board doesn't need the classical northbridge / southbridge combination because a part of their functionalities are implemented in the CPU, and the balance is provided by other components and devices.
The availability is planned for the first quarter of 2007.
The new company will continue to do research and development for current projects for the embedded and desktop markets.
More news will be made available in the next weeks through the company website www.acube-systems.biz

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Published: 2007/1/11 10:50  Updated: 2007/1/11 10:50
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 Re: ACube Systems
Published: 2007/1/11 11:37  Updated: 2007/1/11 11:37
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 12/03/2006
From: Essex, UK
Comments: 418
 Re: ACube Systems
Excellent news that you are still on target, I would like to take this opportunity to say that we at Total Amiga magazine are fully behind you and look forward to reviewing this product
Published: 2007/1/11 11:51  Updated: 2007/1/11 11:51
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 11/27/2006
From: Somerset, UK
Comments: 357
 Re: ACube Systems

Good stuff.
Published: 2007/1/11 11:56  Updated: 2007/1/11 11:56
Just popping in
Joined: 01/03/2007
Comments: 34
 Re: ACube Systems
I want one . . . . But when?

Published: 2007/1/11 11:57  Updated: 2007/1/11 11:57
Joined: 11/29/2006
Comments: 414
 Re: ACube Systems
Things are progressing very fast!
Published: 2007/1/11 12:01  Updated: 2007/1/11 12:08
Just popping in
Joined: 11/27/2006
From: UK
Comments: 191
 Re: ACube Systems
good news!

can we edit the link so we remove the last '.' though

Thanks for pointing that out
Published: 2007/1/11 12:06  Updated: 2007/1/11 12:06
Just popping in
Joined: 12/01/2006
From: Odense, Denmark
Comments: 221
 Re: ACube Systems
All we need now is an officiel OS4 licence announcement and there'll be bananas all over the place
Published: 2007/1/11 12:42  Updated: 2007/1/11 12:42
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 11/27/2006
From: Somerset, UK
Comments: 357
 Re: ACube Systems

Maybe you can upgrade that creaky old Amiga 500 you have.
Published: 2007/1/11 14:17  Updated: 2007/1/11 14:17
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 11/27/2006
From: Germany
Comments: 306
 Re: ACube Systems
nothing new then except a new name? or do i miss something?
unfortunately amiga/os4 is not mentioned and the new homepage is not up yet.
let's still hope the best to get these things resolved.

Published: 2007/1/11 15:24  Updated: 2007/1/11 15:24
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 11/22/2006
Comments: 414
 Re: ACube Systems
nothing new then except a new name? or do i miss something?

The other information that I got from this news item, is that they're still on schedule. Remember around October that they stated a desired 1Q 2007 release? well, its 2-3 months later, and after a long period of silence this "estimated availability" date hasnt changed. Thats cause for a mini celebration, given that all other hardware makers (for os4) are experiencing delays.

Amiga Inc paid Hyperion to do a port to an older AMCC chip, the 403EP I think it was. This was the previous generation of the chip that Samantha uses. I wonder if much of that work can be used in the Sam440EP OS4 port? The drivers for the SATA, sound and graphics already exist as I understand it.
Published: 2007/1/11 15:47  Updated: 2007/1/11 15:47
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 12/02/2006
From: Poland
Comments: 346
 Re: ACube Systems
OK, nice
...but more info would be nicer

- working prototype (not reference board but SAM)?
- OS4 licence?
- working OS4?
- are all tests done?
Published: 2007/1/11 16:55  Updated: 2007/1/11 16:55
Amigans Defender
Joined: 11/26/2006
From: Canada
Comments: 986
 Re: ACube Systems
A step in the right direction. Best of luck!
Published: 2007/1/11 17:18  Updated: 2007/1/11 17:18
Home away from home
Joined: 11/20/2006
From: Norway
Comments: 3092
 Re: ACube Systems
The fact that they established a new company really shows how committed they are to make this work, good for them.

My understanding is that they need to cut cost on board, removing some layers and stuff not needed for OS4 community, to make this a really selling product.
Published: 2007/1/12 10:23  Updated: 2007/1/12 10:23
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 11/27/2006
From: SYS:Prefs/
Comments: 374
 Re: ACube Systems
Keep rocking! We are waiting for the next big news
Published: 2007/1/12 11:30  Updated: 2007/1/12 11:30
Just popping in
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Comments: 4
 Re: ACube Systems
My understanding is that they need to cut cost on board, removing some layers and stuff not needed for OS4 community, to make this a really selling product.

Should they? This board is mainly aimed at the embedded market and it is nearly perfect for its purpose.
Published: 2007/1/12 20:45  Updated: 2007/1/12 20:45
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 11/24/2006
Comments: 460
 Re: ACube Systems
It needs some work on the English translation but the site looks pretty good.

Da Rude!
Published: 2007/1/13 17:44  Updated: 2007/1/13 17:44
Home away from home
Joined: 11/26/2006
From: a dying planet
Comments: 4676
 Re: ACube Systems
Yeah...train's running again, great
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