Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

They are announced HPC "Knights Ferry" part at International Supercomputing Conference. They intended to ship devkits in 2q 2010. So hardware should be fine.

Yes, but how much are those going to cost? I don't the problem was actually producing the hardware, but producing it at a reasonable cost to be used as a GPU in computers (~$100).

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viton Member since:
2005-08-09

but producing it at a reasonable cost to be used as a GPU in computers (~$100).

Reasonable? $100 is a cost of 1 dinner in a good place.
Mainstream GPU is $200+
This is HPC part and I can't believe it will cost lower than $1500 TESLA.

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Raffaele Member since:
2005-11-12

Reasonable? $100 is a cost of 1 dinner in a good place. Mainstream GPU is $200+ This is HPC part and I can't believe it will cost lower than $1500 TESLA.


Well, regarding AmigaONE X-1000 there are unfortunately a quantitiy of additional costs...

It will made available by A_EON who will offer the user with these features:

A 500 GB Hard Disk, 2GB DDR2 RAM, ATI PCI-e Graphic Card, custom Case and Amiga Custom keyboard...

Now HD, Graphic Card and RAM will be tested before the item will be sold to be sure that these will work flawlessly with AmigaONE X-1000.

Lets made some calculations:

A 500 GB Hard disk costs nowadays from 60 to 90 Euro depending from the country you purchase it.

2 GB DDR2 RAM modules cost around 70 to 90 Euro.

ATI graphic Card PCI-e of good quality is about 120 euro.

Custom case complete with Amiga logo (and mainly the one choones by A_EON that could carry more than eight 3,5 HDDs devices) as all luxury cases costs around 140 to 200 Euro.

Amiga custom keyboard with all Amiga keys costs just as like as a good logitech Keyboard, 40 to 60 Euro...

So there is almost 400/500 euro of things that contribute to rise the price of AmigaONE X-1000, so the motherboard alone should be really priced around 1000 euro only (despite of the fact it is sure an expensive price, this is aligned to many Amiga products that are a very hobbyist niche market.

Remember that first AmigaONE from Eyetech was priced at 800 euro in 2001 when Euro valued almost 1/3 more than today, and it featured only an 800 MHZ G4 CPU)...

Unfortunately it seems that the motherboard of AmigaONE X-1000 will be not sold alone, but complete of all these facilities, to be sure that the user will suffer not machine hang-ups and then make complaints about the computer, plus it must be added the Case and the keyboard that sure are not sold at a bonus price.

What a shame... If I had could choose to get a X1000 motherboard alone, even priced at 1000 euro, I had had purchased one.

Edited 2010-06-26 16:52 UTC

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