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The Icon Bar: News and features: BBC Bs, 100bTs and other quickies
 

BBC Bs, 100bTs and other quickies

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 12:09, 29/1/2002 | , , , , , , ,
 
The BBC Micro article is now up on silicon.com to go with the Electron article published earlier. BTW, the design of the silicon.com website means that some RISC OS browsers appear to hang, but worry not, give it a while and they will unfreeze.

Castle now have some tech specs up about their 100bT podule. Looks like you won't be hooking it up to your old A310 even for giggles, and the caveat "It (is) highly unlikely that the full Line Data Rate will ever be achieved on any networking system" is present, but the words "This upgrade is one of a new series of products to be spun off from Castle's NEURON Embedded Computer developments" sound very promising...

ARM1ARM have released their preliminary results for last year, and guess what, it's all growth and profits (45% growth in annual revenues to £146.3m, 42% increase in pre-tax profits to £50.3m). More info in ARM's news section. This ties in nicely with a real piece of history being auctioned off on Yahoo's auction site - an ARM Evaluation System. With 4MB of memory and an ARM 1 processor available from a BBC micro, we could be looking at the ancestor of the Archimedes range.
 
  BBC Bs, 100bTs and other quickies
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  Guest (20:03 29/1/2002)
    Richard Goodwin (09:21 30/1/2002)
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        Richard Goodwin (11:24 30/1/2002)
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                Jason Tribbeck (17:18 30/1/2002)
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                      Anonymous (17:04 31/1/2002)
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Richard Walker Message #89965, posted at 17:59, 29/1/2002
Unregistered user I've kept an eye on ARM for a while, and I must ask... how on earth did Acorn manage to do so badly, when ARM (a sub-set of Acorn, at one point!) are doing so well?!

Then again, that's perhaps like asking how Acorn managed to throw away their 90% share of the UK educational computing market... :-(

Anyway: onward and upward. 100baseT sounds great!
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Guest Message #89966, posted at 20:03, 29/1/2002, in reply to message #89965
Unregistered user Ex-acorn employees selling their old hoodwinked junk. Tsk.
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Richard Goodwin Message #89967, posted at 09:21, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89966
Unregistered user If it wasn't for old hoodwinked junk, we wouldn't get to see half the cool stuff we've seen recently (Phoebe anyone?). One man's hoodwinking is another's preserving for prosperity ;)
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Guest Message #89968, posted at 10:28, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89967
Unregistered user As an ex-Acorn employee, I've got prototype ARM1 board #2. Needless to say, it's not for sale!

And there's no 'could' in it being the ancestor of the Archimedes range - there's explicit support for ARM1 in the kernel :)
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Richard Goodwin Message #89969, posted at 11:24, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89968
Unregistered user Well it was obvious to me, but without someone coming along an saying so I have to be careful these days ;)
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Guest Message #89970, posted at 11:27, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89969
Unregistered user Man find skip. Man empty skip. Man sell contents. Man rich. Man piss off other man who's already sold all the crap he had in his loft. Anyone wanna buy some pegs?
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Guest Message #89971, posted at 11:36, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89970
Unregistered user What sort of pegs?

Was the ARM1 actually used in any commercially produced machines apart from the AES?
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Guest Message #89972, posted at 13:27, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89971
Unregistered user It might have been used in the PC ARM Development system too, which seems to be the ISA equivalent. There's a later version of this card called Springboard, but that uses an ARM2.
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Jason Tribbeck Message #89973, posted at 17:18, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89972
Unregistered user That could've been the Brazil system - or Brazil could've been the OS on SpringBoard.
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Jason Tribbeck Message #89974, posted at 21:00, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89973
Unregistered user Actually, Brazil /was/ the OS. Ho hum.
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Guest Message #89975, posted at 22:10, 30/1/2002, in reply to message #89974
Unregistered user Wasn't Brazil just an ARM version of TubeOS? (ie, just a simple thing that passes OS calls to the 1st processor to execute)
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Anonymous Message #89976, posted at 17:04, 31/1/2002, in reply to message #89975
Unregistered user Has anyone heard of another 100MB network card? I thought someone else was working on one.
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Guest Message #89977, posted at 23:19, 31/1/2002, in reply to message #89976
Unregistered user Oregan made one for their NCs. Had an Mpeg2 decoder on it, too.
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