Amiga and the Amiga One editorial
Author: Vidar Langberget.
Posted : 2000-11-09 00:00:00.0
Amiga announced the Amiga One specification a few weeks ago. Now, we have had some time to reflect on the situation.
Lets make a short summary of the facts:
Amiga One minimum specification
CPU: a choice of the x86, PPC, SH-4, MIPS, ARM
Graphics: Matrox next-generation graphics chip (probably G800).
Sound: EMU10K1 chip (same chip used in SB Live cards)
Drives: 10+ GB HD, DVD/CD player (both)
RAM: minimum 64 MB
Expansion: 2 free PCI slots, Firewire,
Other: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, 56k modem, USB 1.0
Eyetech will release the first products based on this specification: The Amiga One 1200 PPC and the Amiga One 4000 PPC. These are add-in cards for the Amiga 1200 and the Amiga 4000 respectively. They will make use of PPC accelerator cards aimed at the Mac market. These models will dual boot AmigaOS 3.9, and the new Amiga DE. These cards can also be run without any A4000 or A1200 motherboard, but then without the Amiga OS 3.9 compatibility. Estimated release date is Q1 2001.
bplan Gmbh is a German company, and they will make stand alone Amiga One computers with PowerPC processors.
Other manufacturers are in discussions with Amiga regarding other machines adhering with the Amiga One specification. We probably wont see these other machines until Q3 2001.