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The Icon Bar: News and features: Castle and Tematic merge [updated]
 

Castle and Tematic merge [updated]

Posted by Phil Mellor on 20:40, 10/1/2004 | , , , , , , ,
 
"Castle Technology Ltd and Tematic Limited today confirmed that Castle and Tematic merged in the fourth quarter of 2003. The combined business will trade under the Castle Technology Ltd name with a new "Tematic Division", focused on offering full design and engineering resources to customers wishing to licence RISC OS for use in their new products.

The Tematic Division will continue to be based in Cambridge and will develop and support an embedded version of RISC OS which has been designed for use in the new generation of smart multimedia products for the high volume consumer electronics market."

This move is the next logical step for the two companies. Tematic developed the Iyonix hardware with Castle, although at the time of the launch you'd only have known this by following the underground rumour mill. Castle and Tematic announced a joint venture with Tematic when they bought RISC OS from Pace. The Tematic logo has been prominent on the Castle web site since its relaunch, as well as the documentation you'd get when buying an Iyonix.

With the operating system and hardware development aspects now tied together, and a mix of once-Pace, once-Acorn engineers, Castle really do seem like they're becoming the New (or, if you prefer, the Old) Acorn.

Update: It's been noticed on our forums that Castle have modified the minature graphics on their logo to better reflect the company and its products.

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  Castle and Tematic merge [updated]
  Phlamethrower (22:37 10/1/2004)
  jmb (00:07 11/1/2004)
    epistaxsis (02:08 11/1/2004)
      ad (11:44 11/1/2004)
        SparkY (12:58 11/1/2004)
          ad (13:17 11/1/2004)
            monkeyson2 (13:44 11/1/2004)
              stdevel (14:38 11/1/2004)
                [mentat] (14:52 11/1/2004)
                  fwibbler (15:12 11/1/2004)
                    Phlamethrower (16:05 11/1/2004)
 
Jeffrey Lee Message #92716, posted by Phlamethrower at 22:37, 10/1/2004
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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embedded + RISC OS = RON, or RON-like devices?

</speculation>

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JMB Message #92717, posted by jmb at 00:07, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92716
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Just wait for the RO powered washing machines to start hitting the market :P
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keith dunlop Message #92718, posted by epistaxsis at 02:08, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92717
epistaxsis

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lets hope so

Got to be better than unstable pocketPC crap and less bloated than the embedded *nixes

Oh and the Fraunhofer institute in germany has a very cool internet connected fridge.

you scan your shopping in as you load the fridge - when you run out it contacts the equivalent of tescos.com and places an order.

Very groovy

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Andrew Duffell Message #92719, posted by ad at 11:44, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92718
ad

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I actually prefer the old logo, but... it's only a logo :P
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Gavin Message #92720, posted by SparkY at 12:58, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92719
Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
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The logo changed a while back (possibly when they merged, now that we know they have)...
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Andrew Duffell Message #92721, posted by ad at 13:17, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92720
ad

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What does the diamond represent? I would have expected them to use the Tematic star, but maybe there is meaning behind it which is a bit more subtle.
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Phil Mellor Message #92722, posted by monkeyson2 at 13:44, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92721
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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The ARM powered logo?
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Stuart Tyrrell Message #92723, posted by stdevel at 14:38, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92722
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Tematic have an alternative logo, with a diamond above the 'i'. See http://www.castle-technology.co.uk/castle/front.html
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I don't have tourettes you're just a cun Message #92724, posted by [mentat] at 14:52, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92723
[mentat]Fear is the mind-killer
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B@st@rd! I was about to post that. Well, maybe the Tematic logo is going to change since the merger (to the one featured on the castle site)?
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fwibbler Message #92725, posted by fwibbler at 15:12, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92724
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Eee! It's gripping stuff this ;-)
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Jeffrey Lee Message #92726, posted by Phlamethrower at 16:05, 11/1/2004, in reply to message #92725
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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I would have thought the diamond was meant to be an IC.
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