Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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What is Xena Xcore?
by Raffaele on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 10:16 UTC
Raffaele
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@ Kroc Camen

From my humble point of view Xena is a co-processor aimed at dealing with big quantities of I/O streaming data and make some digital processing on it.

It could be used to leave free the main PPC processor and so the CPu will be aimed directly at dealing with OS and software, while the data stream passes directly in DMA...

Xena is limited in programmability, not just as like as FPGA, but a sort of it, so you can write emulation for other chips (like ancient Amiga Chipset ECS or AGA, for those who desire emulation, or even decode VoIP streaming on the fly)...

Xena has a dedicated Xorro Slot, that is a PCI slot modified to be used for high I/O data streaming on multiple channels, and you can use it to connect with other Xena chips and create a cloud of processors for distributed computing.

It is just the fanatasy of the users and the developers that could make use of this new chip, the same way the ancient Amiga inspired developers to gear the ancient Chipest at its maximum and created incredible things such as for example Newtek Dynamic Hi-Res, that made available 4096 colors in High resolution 640x512, or like Oktalyzer, a sound software that combined the stereo 2 channels 4 voices 8 bit features of Paula Amiga Audio Chip to make it became 2 channels 2 voices but raised to 14 bit!!!

Fanatsy is your limit.

With Amiga computing is fun again!

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