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[News] Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit ReleaseANN.lu
Posted on 14-Feb-2003 13:52 GMT by Senex107 comments
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Paris, France and Taipei Hsien, Taiwan February 14, 2002. Plexuscom a designer and manufactures of broadband Internet access solutions and appliances has reached an agreement with Genesi Sarl to produce and deliver limited quantities of the PegasosPPC computer for release at CeBIT 2003. Genesi and Plexuscom will share a Booth at CeBIT, 12-19 March in Hannover, Germany. Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC

Paris, France and Taipei Hsien, Taiwan February 14, 2002. Plexuscom a designer and manufactures of broadband Internet access solutions and appliances has reached an agreement with Genesi Sarl to produce and deliver limited quantities of the PegasosPPC computer for release at CeBIT 2003. Genesi and Plexuscom will share a Booth at CeBIT, 12-19 March in Hannover, Germany.

"We are very pleased to work with Plexuscom on the Pegasos," said Gerald Carda, Chief Technology Officer of Genesi. "Through this partnership, we look forward to greater collaboration in development and marketing efforts. Plexuscom’s expertise in development and manufacturing technologies and Genesi's system design and architecture will be combined to promote an exciting alternative platform for the Micro-ATX marketplace.

The two companies share a common vision. That is, to create products that are designed to achieve exceptional performance while reducing per-unit costs and time-to-market, commented John Tseng, President of Plexuscom. "Our first priority at Plexuscom continues to be our customers, and we are confident that by aligning with a partner like Genesi, we will rapidly expand our position globally and customers will benefit from the performance, flexibility and scalability of these new system capabilities."

The Pegasos MicroATX features

The Pegasos MicroPPC is a small, low power PowerPC motherboard with the following features:

Takes Single or Dual PowerPC RISC CPU (G3 or G4)
Supplied with 600MHz IBM G3
Mai Logic Articia with bplan April2 Northbridge
VIA Southbridge
AGP X2 slot
3 X PCI slots
ATA100 with two channels with up to four ATA devices
3 X Firewire
10/100 Mbit Ethernet
Audio I/O
SPDIF Out
4 X USB
Parallel
Serial
PS2 Keyboard
PS2 Mouse
Riser connector
OpenFirmware based BIOS
Supplied with MorphOS, Debian Linux and Mac-on-Linux
Other operating systems in development.

Genesi and the Pegasos, Innovation for the Future

Genesi is a technology development and system integration engineering company located in Frankfurt, Germany, Paris, France and headquartered in Luxembourg. Genesi also operates through wholly owned subsidiaries in the United Sates and the United Kingdom, Genesi USA Inc. and Genesi UK Ltd. In addition to the Pegasos, Genesi has also developed the new Operating System, MorphOS, for PowerPC microprocessors. Designed for the Pegasos, MorphOS is a highly responsive, low overhead, desktop system, which runs hundreds of different applications.

Plexuscom, A Technology Power House

Plexuscom designs, manufactures, markets and delivers broadband Internet access solutions, Information appliance and USB peripherals.

Plexuscom's extraordinary commitment to customer needs is evidenced by its devotion to the production of customized products for diverse regional markets. Plexuscom is dedicated to the development of easy-to-use, reliable, low-maintenance and affordable high-speed solution for worldwide markets.

Plexuscom's strategic objective is to remain a market leader the development, implementation, supply and support of broadband Internet access, information appliance solutions, and USB peripherals.

Contact Information:

Plexuscom Contact:
John Tseng
john.tseng@plexuscom.com.tw
www.plexuscom.com

Genesi Contact:
Raquel Velasco and Bill Buck
bbrv@genesi.lu
www.pegasosppc.com
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 101 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by - GALAXY - on 17-Feb-2003 18:36 GMT
In reply to Comment 100 (zimmy):
No problem, you asked for it, here is the answer. I - GALAXY - wrote this.
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 102 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by anonymous on 17-Feb-2003 21:56 GMT
In reply to Comment 30 (bbrv):
BBRV writes:

"FYI, the CeBIT release is nothing when compared to what will happen next...;-)"

Woo hoo... another soccer team sponsorship?!
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 103 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by bbrv on 17-Feb-2003 23:48 GMT
In reply to Comment 102 (anonymous):
...On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds which on other fields on other days will bear the fruits of victory!

;-)
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 104 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by gz on 18-Feb-2003 19:54 GMT
The problem with the current line of pegasos's is that the prototypes were first ready back in year 2000. we are now in 2003 and the designs (usbx4 and agpx2 for instance) are exactly the same which makes the board so old techwise that in the wintel world it probably wouldn't even be manufactured anymore.

As every day goes by, the pegasos board gets older and less attractive as a solution to anyone who is into something other than geek computing. Same applies to the AmigaOne. I realise it's unrealistic to expect a small and new product to launch with state of the art HW, but the technological gap will be far too big when MOS will be in FINAL state and ready to launch bigtime with current development rate.

If the pegasos is just a developer board, the techgap is acceptable, as a dev platform doese'nt have to be state of the art by no means. But the end product cannot have over 3 years old technology and buses with the current pricing. It simply wont have enough appeal to anyone else than a handful of hardcore addicts.
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 105 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by gz on 18-Feb-2003 20:05 GMT
In reply to Comment 103 (bbrv):
Could you please answer my question (comment 96) as I find the answer to be crucial for my decicion whether I will get a pegasos one day or not.

However whatever the answer and my final decicion will be, I find your project interesting and wish the best of luck to you. :)
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 106 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by JoannaK on 18-Feb-2003 20:15 GMT
In reply to Comment 105 (gz):
Well.. I'm quite sure they are willing to make bosrds better in time. If this current one aren't hi-tech enough for you then obviously you have to wait for announcements of their future products.

If/When they have board good enough for your needs.. I really can't tell. But I'm quite sure BBRV keeps on announcing as they move onward.
Plexuscom and Genesi to Cooperate on PegasosPPC for CeBit Release : Comment 107 of 107ANN.lu
Posted by gz on 18-Feb-2003 20:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 104 (gz):
oops I made a terrible typo about the usb remark in my comment...

I didn't mean it that way, altough I think everyone can get the point which I was after when considering the axpx2 part.

There's nothin outdated in having 4 usb slots in a mobo... I mean't the version of the usb buses ofcourse.

@Joanna K

I know... But I asked spesific answer because bbrv has answered other techie questions on this thread but skipped my question. so I kinda wanted to see if that was deliberate or not. Of course they also might have plans to better the board in the future as MOS and their other hw products mature, but want to keep it hush, hush at the moment because of competition etcetera. There is no way to tell, but there's nothing wrong in asking as a potential customer.

Anyway I find there to be nothing remarkable if agpx2 isn't good enough for me when considering the whopping price of the board. Especially as I'm only interested in a pegasos as a video/graphics workstation. Of course to be realistic I need to keep my focus on the REAL workstations first that already meet my demands (and cheaper) But I'm also keen finding an alternative which a pegasos could be if bettered in the future.

The firewire is very nice but there has to be more. Even If you're just a gaming fanatic, the agpx2 is "below the belt" when considering the price which you are paying for the board in order to play games on an alternate platform. Which again would lead pegasos into a dead end as something more than just a "hobbyist" machine.
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