Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jan 2010 23:21 UTC
Amiga & AROS It seems like only yesterday, but in fact it's already six months ago. July last year, we published our review of AmigaOS 4.1 running on ACube's sam440ep motherboard, and here we are, six months later, and Hyperion has released AmigaOS 4.1 Update 1. This free update brings with it quite a number of new features, and since I still have the sam440ep on my desk, I could test the new features first-hand.
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RE[4]: Needs a niche....
by 7valleys on Fri 29th Jan 2010 03:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Needs a niche...."
7valleys
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2008-09-22

I hve no problem with XMos, it's interesting stand alone technology, but what I can't fathom is what is the purpose of the expensive microprocessor board A-Eon wants to graft to it. I mean they

1) aren't on the bus and can't really access memory
2) can't do floating point
3) Would take 256 of them to reach the computing power of a good core 2 duo.

Somebody really hasn't thought this out, beyond this are cool let's stick them onto our machine.

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RE[5]: Needs a niche....
by TheDAX on Fri 29th Jan 2010 08:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Needs a niche...."
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2010-01-05


1) aren't on the bus and can't really access memory
2) can't do floating point
3) Would take 256 of them to reach the computing power of a good core 2 duo.
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1)The on board X-mos can act as a memory server to the expansion card.

2)The machine might draw extra Mips from the X-mos tech, and extra Flops from GP-GPU, at the user demand. Furthermore 2nd generation X-mos chips were hinted at this year conference, that will include an FPU.
The Xorro slot will accept expansion cards populated with these too.

3)Again no, 256 of them generate 105.000 mips which is more than a Core I7 (quad) Extreme which tops at 76.000 Mips. The PS3 Cell including all SPUs tops at 25.000 Mips, Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Million_instructions_per_second#Millio...

I am afraid you are also jumping to conclusions, as after many investigations and speculations people far more informed had to realize they don't actually know how the X-Mos tech, "merges" with Amiga at both software and HW level.
A representative from Hyperion stated that is "very tightly integrated" into the system, so it would be better to wait for the details.

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