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The Icon Bar: General: Why was there never a rriscos computer based on this board?
 
  Why was there never a rriscos computer based on this board?
  highlandcattle (14:13 9/12/2005)
  fwibbler (18:18 9/12/2005)
    highlandcattle (18:57 9/12/2005)
      monkeyson2 (14:00 10/12/2005)
        Andrew Ellis (18:58 17/12/2005)
          blasts of the xtre (18:46 3/12/2006)
 
van Engelen Thomas Message #72571, posted by highlandcattle at 14:13, 9/12/2005
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Hey,
What I don't understand is that companies like riscstation made computers based on simtec's 7500+ based board but why did they never used this board seems like a big step up from a regular RiscPC with USB and PCI support meaning that if drivers are avail you could use any graphics card you want. Now with Simon's Geforce 2 driver avail would we be able to have a fully working Risc PC advance? Assuming th OS would be made working on that
here's the link:
http://www.simtec.co.uk/products/EB110ATX/

[Edited by highlandcattle at 14:14, 9/12/2005]
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fwibbler Message #72579, posted by fwibbler at 18:18, 9/12/2005, in reply to message #72571
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RiscStation did indeed build a machine around this board. It was (provisionally) called the RiscStation Evolution and it would have been a fine machine in it's day.
It may even still exist. (I did actually see the machine once)
Aparently it ran Linux very well.

The problem was that RISC OS (4) was not in the same state that it is now. It would have required a huge amount of work to get RISC OS to work on it and therefore a huge amount of money.
RiscStation were unable (or unwilling (not sure which)) to comit the large amount of money to RISC OS Ltd, needed to get the work started.
Therefore it never happened.

[Edited by fwibbler at 18:19, 9/12/2005]
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van Engelen Thomas Message #72580, posted by highlandcattle at 18:57, 9/12/2005, in reply to message #72579
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Does the machine need 32bit OS?
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Phil Mellor Message #72599, posted by monkeyson2 at 14:00, 10/12/2005, in reply to message #72580
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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I don't think so, but RISC OS was very dependant on two chips - VIDC and MEMC. The ARM7500 had these onboard, so RISC OS computers using these chips were fairly easy to get working (RiscStation R7500, Mico, A7000, etc).

The StrongARM didn't have them, so would have required the OS to be rewritten - which is why Evolution never ran RISC OS. Microdigital tried to replicate the functionality of VIDC and MEMC using programmable chips (FPGA) for the Omega - which added much delay to the project.

[Edited by monkeyson2 at 14:01, 10/12/2005]
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Andrew Ellis Message #72760, posted by Andrew Ellis at 18:58, 17/12/2005, in reply to message #72599
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What actually happend to micro digital and the omega. You can't access the websit anymore, and unless I missed something they seemed to disappear quietly?

I don't think so, but RISC OS was very dependant on two chips - VIDC and MEMC. The ARM7500 had these onboard, so RISC OS computers using these chips were fairly easy to get working (RiscStation R7500, Mico, A7000, etc).

The StrongARM didn't have them, so would have required the OS to be rewritten - which is why Evolution never ran RISC OS. Microdigital tried to replicate the functionality of VIDC and MEMC using programmable chips (FPGA) for the Omega - which added much delay to the project.

[Edited by monkeyson2 at 14:01, 10/12/2005]

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Sion Message #95186, posted by blasts of the xtre at 18:46, 3/12/2006, in reply to message #72760
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Suppose you were an idiot. Suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

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Apparently, RiscStation are still trading but are no longer developing hardware anymore.
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