posted by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:30 UTC
IconHow about we end this weekend on a happy note? Something we can all agree on is a good thing, so that we can all be happy and frolic and hand out hugs and kisses? I've got a video for you guys and girls. A production video of how a certain motherboard is being assembled. However, this is no ordinary board. This is the rev. 2.1 versions of the A-eon AmigaOne X1000 - which will be shipped out to beta testers next week.

The video shows part of the production process of the AmigaOne X1000's motherboard, called 'Nemo', which is being assembled by Varisys, a UK company.

This is good news in and of itself, but even better is that after countless delays, the first machines will finally ship to beta testers starting next week (next, as in, the week starting August 8). As far as I know, a select group of people were already playing with previous revisions of the board.

As far as software goes, the AmigaOS developers are currently working on adding Nemo support to AmigaOS; AmigaOS 4.2 will ship with the AmigaOne X1000. In addition, Varisys has Debian Squeeze running on the Nemo rev. 2.1 board, so even if you don't like AmigaOS, this exotic piece of hardware might still appeal to you.

In case you forgot, what makes this an exotic piece of hardware? Well, it comes with a PA Semi dualcore PA6T-1682M running at 1.8GHz. This is probably your only chance to get your hands on a processor made by Apple that's not stuck in a Mac. That alone makes it pretty extraordinary. Add to that the 'Xena' 500MHz XMOS XS1-L2 124, and this board is unlike pretty much anything else out there. I'm not knowledgeable enough to really understand what developers can do with such an XMOS chip, but I'm sure you guys can enlighten me.

All in all though, the AmigaOne X1000 is a true Amiga in that we're not looking at a default Chinese OEM box with a slow Intel Atom processor and an Amiga sticker flung on top sold at three times the OEM price, but at a machine with unique hardware you won't be getting anywhere else. I'm holding on to my hat for the eventual price point, but thank god we still have people willing to take a gamble like this.

I can't wait until I can get my hands on a review unit for loan (nice case, too, but I prefer white). And yes, that was a very subtle hint.

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