posted by Eugenia Loli on Tue 3rd Dec 2002 07:17 UTC
IconTerra Soft Solutions, Inc. will announce tomorrow world's first consumer priced ATX form-factor PowerPC motherboard with full Linux support. Terra Soft, also creators of Yellow Dog Linux, will be selling both the PPC motherboard and a fully equipped computer that will be capable of running YDL 2.3. This will give a new face to the consumer Linux landscape, as Linux effectivelly gets its own platform rather than getting installed side by side with other OSes. Check inside for two pages with pictures of the hardware, information and an interview with TerraSoft's co-founder, Kai Staats.

The solution will enable individuals to build custom systems with components readily available through retail and online outlets. Resellers too may purchase the Teron motherboard from Terra Soft and build custom PowerPC Linux solutions for their unique, local customers.

Terra Soft has partnered with Mai Logic, Inc., an advanced integrated circuits and systems design company, developer of the Articia series chipsets and Teron series development reference platforms, to deliver both stand-alone motherboards and fully integrated, assembled systems.

Dan Burcaw, co-founder and CTO, Terra Soft states, "Mai has developed a straight-forward, open-source friendly design with support for inexpensive x86 video, audio, and PCI cards; PPCBoot firmware, and extensive, ongoing in-house Linux bring-up and testing. We are proud to stand behind this solution."

In the mid-to-late '90s, Apple, IBM, and Motorola worked toward a PowerPC Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP). In 2000 IBM released complete board specs and a generic design for this platform, known as 'POP' (PowerPC Open Platform). Mai Logic's Teron series boards are designed from the IBM specifications. (editor's note: Running MacOS9/X via Mac-On-Linux is technically possible).

"It has been a pleasure to work with the Mai team. They are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated to supporting their products. We are confident our two companies will provide a thoroughly documented, well supported, evolving series of ATX PowerPC motherboards for many years to come," offers Kai Staats, co-founder and CEO of Terra Soft Solutions.

In this relationship, Terra Soft is distributor of the Teron series motherboards for both end-user and retail sales. Terra Soft offers both stand-alone motherboard-CPU sets and complete systems. Qualified Value Added Resellers may purchase motherboards with intent to build complete systems, custom designed and supported for their local customers.

"We are excited with the opportunity to introduce the Teron systems with tremendous flexibility and low cost to many who have been waiting for a long time now," says Jason Hou, CEO of Mai Logic, "By leveraging Terra Soft's outstanding relationships within the Linux community, we hope to offer Mai Logic's innovative solutions to customers worldwide."

Mai Logic's Teron CX PowerPC motherboard is a fully ATX compliant form-factor with serial, parallel, PS/2, USB, ATA 100, and PCI on-board:

- IBM PowerPC (TM) 750 CXe CPU
- Mai Logic Articia S chipset w/133 MHz bus
- Three 32-bit 33MHz PCI slots
- One AGP/PCI (66 MHz AGP 2X or 33/66 MHz PCI) slot
- Two 168-pin DIMM slots on board
- Supports up to 2GB, 72-bit (ECC) SDRAM
- Dual ATA 100 drive ports
- Dual USB, PS/2, and com/serial (RS232) ports
- Single parallel port
- Support by Yellow Dog Linux

Boards and complete systems are expected to ship in January 2003.

Table of contents
  1. "Teron, Part I"
  2. "Teron, Part II"
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