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[News] Met@box G3 for A3/4k available 4 weeks after A1200ANN.lu
Posted on 24-Feb-2000 07:40 GMT by Christian Kemp25 comments
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Ziggy writes: Martin Heine posted some Met@box news in c.s.a.misc, saying that the 3/4k-boards will be available about one month after the aj1200, the 2k-version will take about three weeks longer. Read more below. Nothing spectacular, but I thought I might share some pieces of information given by Thomas Rudloff (met@box) in an interview printed in the latest issue of the german magazine "amigaOS":
  • in addition to the flyer I quoted January 31st, a further difference of the amijoe for A2k and A3/4k from the amijoe1200 is that those for 2/3/4k will have a 100MHz-frontsidebus.
  • the 3/4k-boards will be available about one month after the aj1200, the 2k-version will take about three weeks longer.
  • the price for the "k"-boards will be about 100 DM more than the same version of the aj1200 because of the bigger board and the more expensive technology.
  • asked why they use a G3 instead of G4, Rudloff answered: "We can offer today 500MHz-G3-boards, while the situation of supply of the G4 is still not clear. All I can say about this for reasons of NDA is, that the first quarter of this year will bring completely new perspectives." (Original of the second part: "Alles, was ich aus NDA-Gründen dazu sagen kann, ist, daß das erste Quartal dieses Jahres ganz neue Perspektiven bringt.")
  • regarding 68k-emulation: met@box has two emulations in development, optimized for the pipes of the G3/G4. The first one is in a Flash-ROM and will reach about the niveau of a 030 - 040. An update for this emulation will only be necessary in case of any bugs. The second emulation will be loaded from harddisk at booting and brings the full speed. For this one there'll be regular updates for improvement. Current calculations show, that a PPC needs about 3.5 cycles (? - german: "Takt") for the emulation of one 8/16-bit-68k-command; 32-bit-commands are emulated in ca. 1.5 cycles, so that, regarding Thomas Rudloff, already their entrance-model will be better than an overclocked 68060. Important would be the possibility to switch between 68k- and PPC-code, so that a partial port of AmigaOS and applications would be possible. The second generation of emulation is already planned and will be much faster.
Bye, Martin.
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