Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jan 2010 13:44 UTC
Amiga & AROS After days of wild speculation and ridiculously fast-growing threads on AmigaWorld.net, we finally know most of what we need to know about the new Amiga. This is not just a random PowerPC evaluation board that you can stuff in a generic case - no, this is an all-new system with a custom motherboard, and some very, very interesting innovations - like a fully customisable co-processor. Twenty-five years after the introduction of the first Amiga, this is one heck of a machine.
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Calm down
by matako on Tue 5th Jan 2010 20:52 UTC
matako
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2009-02-13

Everybody seems to get totally fixated on the XCore chip. It is just an auxilliary hardware resource which will hopefully differentiate X1000 from more generic, mainstream systems. This is good, I believe the market actually needs something like that, it will generate a lot of interest and is a good selling point.

However the yet to be announced PPC CPU (or most likely Soc, judging from the suspicious lack of chips on the mobo) and the appropriate PCIe gfx card are the main performance setters here.

Which reminds me... when Amiga came out in 1985 its 1979 CPU was really not all that revolutionary any more. MC68000 running at 7Mhz was seen more of a popular choice back then. A solid, affordable chip that still managed to outperform most x86 processors of the time but nothing that special or unique.

It was that unique blend of custom hardware and software that gave the original Amiga the edge. Perhaps, just perhaps a slightly oddball hardware of X1000 may do it once again, but it all depends on what people will do with it.

You don't really need a revolutionary hardware to do something amazing - you just need to do amazing things with it!

Edited 2010-01-05 20:58 UTC

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