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[News] ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia boothANN.lu
Posted on 02-Dec-2002 22:01 GMT by Jens Schönfeld22 comments
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The recently founded company Creative Development will presumably show a new USB card for classic Amiga computers at the AMIGA + RETRO COMPUTING show at the booth of Vesalia. "Ultrabus" has got four USB ports, and can be used in Zorro Amigas as well as on the clockport of an Amiga 1200. In Zorro mode, a flash memory with 512k capacity can hold the complete USB stack, so USB devices are available right after a cold boot. This enables booting from USB storage devices.
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 1 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by T_Bone on 02-Dec-2002 21:11 GMT
Wow, USB cards for Amiga are popping up like mushrooms in the rain :)
Amiga? Dead? Bah!
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 2 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Gerrit on 02-Dec-2002 21:23 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (T_Bone):
And Yet Another USB Stack. How lame.
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Posted by Peter Gordon on 02-Dec-2002 21:28 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Gerrit):
But this one can boot USB devices from a cold boot! How cool is that? I was kind of umming and arring about the Spider and the Highway, but this seems even better :)
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 4 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by JoannaK on 02-Dec-2002 21:33 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Gerrit):
Why such negative attitude.... I think it's good some people are still trying.
What I like to see would be more/better support to various USB devices.. Like Printers, Scanners, game controllers etc.. Having Mass storage devices is good but those other thingies are morre important to me.
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Posted by Peter Gordon on 02-Dec-2002 21:46 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (JoannaK):
Oh wait... he said stack not card... yeah... it seems they aren't using poseidon, which is a shame.
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Posted by Doobrey on 02-Dec-2002 22:03 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (T_Bone):
>Wow, USB cards for Amiga are popping up like mushrooms in the rain :)
Just like the multitude of clockport serial cards did years ago,followed by a wave of A1200 ZorroII busboards, then more recently the PCI busboards.. and now news of 2 different ColdFire accelerator projects!
Wonder what the next "wave" of hardware will be?
Oh well,it`s nice to see competition in a small market like the Amiga, it gives us something to point at to prove it`s still alive to all those MS droids, sorry I meant Windows users.
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 7 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Some Farker on 02-Dec-2002 22:08 GMT
Well...I dunno. Will it format my hard-drive if I use it? I mean, that's *the* benchmark for USB controllers, right?
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 8 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by q on 02-Dec-2002 22:32 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Some Farker):
And how many USB-controllers have formatted YOUR hd?
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 9 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by q on 02-Dec-2002 22:35 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Peter Gordon):
I'm not sure that's a shame - it is probably the cost for having USB-storage, that is capable of cold-booting (it seems that the whole USB-stack is included in the controllers flash-memory).
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 10 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Janne on 02-Dec-2002 22:38 GMT
isn't Creative Development a old company that was sleeping ???
(or have I mixed them up with some oldie)
btw. what is it for USB Card 1.1, 2.0, 1.0
and where can one read more about it :-)
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 11 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Darrin on 02-Dec-2002 22:49 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Janne):
Try clicking on their link, then select the language, then look under their products and then click on the listed item ;-)
A quick introduction to the most important technical data:
4 individual USB ports
all ports independently protected (thermal/short-circuit)
USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible (no highspeed mode)
512KB FlashROM in Zorro mode
AutoBoot from USB storage devices possible
usual input devices usable right after boot
simple software updates
TripleBus system
can be connected either to Zorro bus, clock- or expansion port
offers one clock- and expansion port in Zorro mode
compatible with most individual Computers expansion ports
compact, Amiga conform USB Stack
highly efficient and compact
developer documentation included, very clean/nice API
advanced documentation also available (e.g. for porting)
transparently integrating input devices into the system
additional features (buttons/keys etc.) usable for existing software after boot with simple commodity
additional drivers already under development and easily installable
support for other cards under development/possible
prepared to support USB 2.0 highspeed mode if offered by other cards
highly efficient bus logic, updateable without hardware modification
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Posted by T_Bone on 02-Dec-2002 23:09 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Gerrit):
> yet another usb stack, how lame.
But it's in flash memory available for cold boot! that's pretty damn cool! I think it's pretty clever. It's nice to see cute stuff like this appear for the Amiga. I'm all set with my Highway and Norway, but it's nice there's a market for this stuff, and that it's available.
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 13 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 03-Dec-2002 01:21 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (q):
Well, I can think of one USB stack that I am not going to buy that will not have a chance to format my drive ;-)
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Posted by Lando on 03-Dec-2002 01:35 GMT
This card looks very interesting. As has been said, the fact that USB devices will be available from a cold boot gives it a big advantage over Highway/Subway, Thylacine or Spider. I'm looking forward to seeing it!
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 15 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Lando on 03-Dec-2002 01:37 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Darrin):
>prepared to support USB 2.0 highspeed mode if offered by other cards
Wonder why they say this? I mean, if it is able to support USB 2.0 then why not support it right away instead of waiting for other cards to support it first?
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Posted by M.Mancini on 03-Dec-2002 05:33 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (Lando):
Hi,
The mentioned preparations for USB 2.0 Highspeed are regarding to the USB Stack itself. On Classic Amigas and their very limited buses you will surely never see a real USB2.0 controller, the lack of bandwidth doesn't justify this.
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 17 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Michael Böhmer on 03-Dec-2002 07:27 GMT
Hi JoannaK (comment 2),
printers are already supported by Poseidon / HIGHWAY / SUBWAY from the very beginning. In fact it was the third real we wrote (after mice / keyboards).
Scanners can be supported not in general due to vendor specific protocol. Anyhow, Chris has added a rawwrap.class to allow easier programming of drivers (like for BetaScan). And Felix Schwarz has a marvelous software package for it.
Hm, gamecontrollers... they are also supported by Poseidon with the latest update, at least if HID compliant. The main problem is that most games bang the hardware directly, and if not, they wouldn't be able to understand an analogue joystick (ever played Great Giana Sisters *not* with a Competition Pro ? :))
Hope this helps,
Michael Boehmer
Fa. E3B
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 18 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by Atheist2 on 03-Dec-2002 09:02 GMT
I've always wanted to boot off a Compact Flash card.
A2000, Zorro II, right? Can it work in a Zorro II slot?
Amiga! Who needs a hard drive?
ARC 2002: Creative Development at Vesalia booth : Comment 19 of 22ANN.lu
Posted by lopez on 03-Dec-2002 09:33 GMT
it is difficult to choose USB card for Amiga with that but I'have got a friend of mine with a highway card : it works very well.
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Posted by M.Mancini on 03-Dec-2002 11:39 GMT
In reply to Comment 18 (Atheist2):
Hi Atheist,
if you were asking about UltraBUS, the answer is simply YES.
The Zorro mode refers to Zorro2.
Regards...
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Posted by Tango-Mango on 03-Dec-2002 13:59 GMT
In reply to Comment 19 (lopez):
It's getting to be *very* difficult to choose a Zorro USB card now! Anyone have any suggestions as to which ones work best with a Z4 busboard on an A1200?
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Posted by Michael Böhmer on 03-Dec-2002 14:45 GMT
In reply to Comment 21 (Tango-Mango):
Hi Tango-Mango,
please look on
http://www.e3b.de/usb/kompatibel_e.html
for a list of busboards which have been tested by us / our customers with the HIGHWAY card. The Z4 is reported to work.
You can also look on our Yahoo group, there are people which have the HIGHWAY working now in their systems; feel free to ask there if someone has already
experiences with you brand.
Hope this helps,
Michael Boehmer
Fa. E3B
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