Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2007 19:49 UTC
Amiga & AROS As promised, Amiga Inc. has released the specifications of the low end Amiga machine which will be available this summer. It will have the Flex-ATX form factor, with a Freescale PC8349E SoC (400MHz to 667MHz depending on requirements and price target), one DDR2 DIMM slot for a maximum of 1GB of memory, and more. It will cost USD 489. Manufacturing partner and final ship schedule will be following soon. The device is supposed to run AmigaOS 4, but the recent developments may interfere with that.
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the ack board.
by _df_ on Mon 30th Apr 2007 22:14 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

Not too surprised they went with the ACK board instead of the SAM board (sam being 10 layer + expensive).

there isnt a lot of difference between this at 400mhz and the 400mhz efika (more or less the same cpu core, 603e). The MPC8349E is a little better off as a SoC than the MPC5200.

at least the ack board has a half decent sound chip on it and gigabit ethernet (be interesting to see how taxing gigabit frames are on its 400mhz). Curiously the 8349 does have an "embedded security engine".

for those who wish to compare cores;
efika's MPC5200
http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=MPC5...

ACK's MPC8349E
http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=MPC8...

At least the ACK board is memory expandable...

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RE: the ack board.
by -ujb- on Mon 30th Apr 2007 23:11 in reply to "the ack board."
-ujb- Member since:
2005-10-21

The 8349 might be slightly better than the 5200 but does cost a lot more. Abot twice the price.
In the end an e300 based processor is not suitable for a desktop sytem of today. The efika has a chance because it is compromise less cheap in its design (targe price for teh Efika is 100 US$ once in mass production - and that price *is* attractive then).
This ACK board would be interesting if it was really cheap, but ~500 is quite an ammount.
It will fail.

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RE[2]: the ack board.
by _df_ on Mon 30th Apr 2007 23:20 in reply to "RE: the ack board."
_df_ Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree ujb. As a FYI, Freescale sell the reference board for the ACK design as a NAS board. That alone tells you its 'upper limit' for the 400mhz board.

When/if efika hit $100usd I'll consider it as underpowered as it is. $500 for ack is too expensive. $200 for the ack is more believable.

all these freescale SoC ppc cores are not much more than router/embeddable cores that sacrifice power to run at 1watt.

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RE: the ack board.
by aliquis on Tue 1st May 2007 00:58 in reply to "the ack board."
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Yeah but the efika is only like 150 euro or something which is kind of what I would expect anyone being intrested in spending in an amiga platform, 150 euro isn't much of a deal, 500 dollar is to much for people who don't give a shit.

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