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The Omega build up begins!

Posted by fwibbler on 09:41, 27/11/2002 | , , , ,
 
Yes indeedy! In a shock news bulletin yesterday, Microdigital announced that the production of the Omega computer has begun!
Microdigital have also given a release date, more or less. Machines should on their way in time for Christmas.

But wait... There's more. Much more!
Daughterboards for the X-Scale and the Floating point co-processor cards are also being made and should reach Microdigital in about four weeks time.
Shipping of the X-Scale processors should begin sometime in January with the ArmTwister technology and, get this, a 32bit operating system!!!
A bit like waiting for a bus eh?
Read the official announcement here.

Credit to the Drobe Launchpad for getting there first, by updating their website at a quarter past two in the morning. Grrrr!

Source: Drobe
 

  The Omega build up begins!
  Phlamethrower (10:37 27/11/2002)
  johnstlr (13:15 27/11/2002)
    andrew (14:21 27/11/2002)
      moss (14:45 27/11/2002)
        andrew (15:47 27/11/2002)
          moss (16:08 27/11/2002)
            guestx (16:15 27/11/2002)
              takkaria (16:45 27/11/2002)
                Simo (17:02 27/11/2002)
                  Chris Williams (17:19 27/11/2002)
                    tribbles (09:02 28/11/2002)
                      ams (21:28 28/11/2002)
                        Phlamethrower (22:01 28/11/2002)
                          takkaria (22:03 28/11/2002)
                            Yogi (13:12 13/12/2002)
 
Jeffrey Lee Message #91481, posted by Phlamethrower at 10:37, 27/11/2002
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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cafdfahfa uf haofhasbiofhnf sfhehfviohfsfhpsif

gah!

I *knew* I should have looked at the MD news page yesterday! I kept meaning too, but kept forgetting as well :(

"a 32 bit operating system"

Yay! Castle/Pace are sharing RO5 with people :)

FPU daughterboard! W00t!

1(.2)GHz XScale! W00t!

Now I just need £2000 so I can buy an Omega and Iyonix :o

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Lee Johnston Message #91482, posted by johnstlr at 13:15, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91481
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Note that MD say "hopefully a 32-bit operating system" and they also don't specify RISC OS. ARM Linux anyone? ;)

The announcement is good news but don't go speculating - if they make Xmas then we've not got long to wait for full details.

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Andrew Message #91483, posted by andrew at 14:21, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91482
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Too late now MD and Castle - I lost the will to live a long time ago.
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John Hoare Message #91484, posted by moss at 14:45, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91483

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How helpful.
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Andrew Message #91485, posted by andrew at 15:47, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91484
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Yeh I'm about as excited as putty I'm afraid. I just see it as a necessity now rather than anything to look on in awe.
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John Hoare Message #91486, posted by moss at 16:08, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91485

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Well, let's hope it has the desired effect :-)
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GuestX Message #91487, posted by guestx at 16:15, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91486
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A cluster with nodes at £179 a pop (including local memory and disk) might be more interesting. As it is, Microdigital are certainly trying to be the new "old Acorn" - look at all those options!
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Andrew Sidwell Message #91488, posted by takkaria at 16:45, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91487
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Grrrr!

Shouldn't that be "Grrrr!!1!"?

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Simo Message #91489, posted at 17:02, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91488
Unregistered user It sounds like Castle are learning to share - ROL are going to be selling a 32-Bit C/C++, Microdigital are getting a 32-Bit OS....

This may kill the Iyonix though, especially if it does get RO5 and 1.2GHz XScale with FPA - a 306MHz SA110 for 26-Bit apps is a lot faster than the RPC700 speed of Aemulor, and a 1.2GHz XScale is a lot faster than a 600MHz, even with the slower memory.

So when the Omega was originally going to be ready in January, they meant 2003! ;o)

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Chris Williams Message #91490, posted at 17:19, 27/11/2002, in reply to message #91489
Unregistered user So many assumptions. Looks like everyone will be in for a surprise when the machine appears. One way or another.

Chris.

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Jason Tribbeck Message #91491, posted by tribbles at 09:02, 28/11/2002, in reply to message #91490
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Does anyone know why they took their photos through a wire mesh?

Are the m/boards likely to explode in flash photography or something ;-)

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Annraoi Message #91492, posted by ams at 21:28, 28/11/2002, in reply to message #91491
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First off the fastest xScale at the moment is 733MHz. A 1GHz version may appear in the future. The 1.2GHz device Microdigital refer to is Samsung's Halla (ARM-10) this device is NOT an xScale (although it will be ARM V5TE). MD have only said they would be "talking to Samsung about it".

Has MD released any Omega's to developers yet ? As MD say (and I quote) "The main news is that the Omega is now in production", that being the case there should be some Omega's made available to developers. Otherwise all the new software will be tested only on Iyonix and that surely would leave the Omega at somewhat of a disadvantage

Regards

Annraoi

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Jeffrey Lee Message #91493, posted by Phlamethrower at 22:01, 28/11/2002, in reply to message #91492
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Especially since Iyonix has now been released :o
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Andrew Sidwell Message #91494, posted by takkaria at 22:03, 28/11/2002, in reply to message #91493
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Damn you!

You beat me to it!

[at least I got there first on the forums :p]

andy/takka.

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Yogi Message #91495, posted at 13:12, 13/12/2002, in reply to message #91494
Unregistered user Heh-heh-heh-heeeh Boo-Boo! But WHAT Christmas?
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