|Posted on 19-May-2000 07:17 GMT by Christian Kemp||56 comments|
In an attempt to gain further information regarding the release date of the AmiJoe I have been in contact with a variety of places. Read more below.
Blittersoft UK informed me that the units were ready and waiting on Haage & Partner (presumably for a license for the PPC 68k emulator+warpup). Bill Mc Ewen mentioned in a speech a short while back that they were working though with Met@box to lower the cost of the Amijoes to be around the 250$us or so mark by using as many standardized parts as possible. This still left the question of when it would come out so i then contacted met@box themselves, in which their international rep ("Susan") replied: "Please keep an eye on the website. I have no further info at present". Does anyone know anything more on this matter regarding its release?
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|Posted by MagicSN on 19-May-2000 22:00 GMT|
|In reply to Comment 17 (Cybes):|
Concerning comment 17: AFAIK this plan (doing
an own PPC Kernel + 68k Emulation) was just
at the beginning and has been dropped long
ago (But I do not have new information currently). They
thought about this last November. They saw I
think in the meanwhile that another PPC Kernel
won't bring enough software (especially if it
only would run on the new cards, and not on the
About the H&P Emulation: It was demonstrated on
different shows and Amiga meetings by H&P. I
also have (not the latest version, though) a
version on my harddrive, and it runs fine.
It runs at around 040 speed for most applications,
but remember I only have a 150 MHz 604e. Well,
maybe 40 MHz 040 speed for a lot of apps... some
even reach 060 level, but these are only very
few ones (StormC Compiling, basically). H&P
estimate that on a G3 (especially when it has
a 2nd level cache and decent RAM bus speed)
it reaches 060 speed. The Emulation should not
be too hard to port to a new hardware. It was
earlier mentioned "around 3 weeks". And this
would also mean all current PPC Apps should run
(WarpUP Apps run native on the Emulation, and
I guess ppc.lib Apps could run on the Emulation,
though I never tested if this really works).
Of 68k and WarpUP programs all I tested worked
though. The Emulation also includes FPU and
(partial) MMU Emulation. It already has a ROM
(though this currently resides on harddrive),
so it is well prepared for a FlashROM-based
G3-Card. At the time i was involved in the
negociation between the firms (about the price
of the Emulator) M@tabox was thinking of an
own PPC Kernel (but they never got something
running AFAIK, and I doubt they did later).
I think the delay is mainly as M@tabox is
"playing Poker" about reducing the price as
much as possible. But I think it is really
time to lie the cards on the table now. Else
they might loose more than they can win.
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