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    News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    The venerable computing brand is set to release a new board featuring some novel chips.
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    I was into my Amiga's back in the day and still have a pair of 1200's (030/28 and 040/40) with a load of other bits and bobs..

    I think its fair to say that whatever they do wont be long term or hit the mainstream, my memorys rubbish but I can remember Amiga as a brand floating between commodore, escom, gateway and god knows who else back in the day, I even had a mate who had some weird dev paltform stuff when they were on about putting the aOS on STB's yeeeears ago...

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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    Any success will depend on the uptake by developers to support the platform.

    If you can get it to run Office or Office compatible software (OpenOffice for example) then it'll stand a chance. Very few people will want it if it can't do much more than surf t'interweb, as phones, tablets and netbooks can do that, and most of them can run some form of productivity software.....

    I'd love to see the brand back with the PD support it used to receive. It was a revolutionary bit of kit in it's day, which lost it's way for whatever reason.....
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    Ah Amiga I knew ye well.

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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    That XMOS chip sounds like an FPGA. Will do some more reading...

    Edit: Also that case looks familiar - looks like a Fractal R3.
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    Another business owned by fanboys desperate to resurrect the Amiga name.
    It'll go the same way the rest of them went.
    I have fond memories of my A1200 and my families A500 before that, Amiga will remain just that. A memory
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    Interested to see how that 10 million transistor CPU performs. I mean you expect less because it's RISC but even the Atom has over 30 million per core...

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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    "Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance"

    Long-awaited? I gave up waiting years ago. Shame, they can't spell Zorro properly

    I think it's time the Grim Reaper finally laid both the Commodore and Amiga names to rest. This isn't what I remember at all.
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    At least they are doing more than the real Amiga Inc are doing. But it does feel like the Amiga was finally laid to rest some 13 years ago.
    However, I can't see, in a world dominated by Windows machines and Apple, how it'll even get a look in. What market is it aiming for? Not shiny enough for Apple's. Not got the software library for Microsoft's.

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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    I can't understand why they are bothering, as they haven't got a chance of competing with the major players these days.

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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    That XMOS chip sounds like an FPGA. Will do some more reading...
    It's not an FPGA, but it does a lot of things that you'd otherwise need an FPGA or custom ASIC for. For example you can wiggle and read pins directly rather than all the memory mapped peripheral nonsense you have in CPUs and most micro-controllers, making it very nice for real-time stuff.

    On top of that it's got support for multiple threads with zero context switching cost... zero. The XS1-L2 that will be on the 'new Amiga' is a dual-core chip; and it's capable of being connected up into a more or less arbitrary size & shape network of chips.

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    so.. whats the betting this is a "cover", and it ends up in an apple branded home entertainment product?
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    As long as it comes out in Amiga beige...
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    I had an A600, got it for my 11th birthday I was well chuffed! Because I'd been stuck with an Atari 800XL before that, upgraded to 16bit! I had robocop, Rick Dangerous 2 and Lombard RAC Ralley with it.

    Did anyone else own an 800XL? Because I have never met someone who owned one! I had a couple of friends who had the XE though.

    Back on topic, I can't understand why they are bothering either. What is the market for something like this when PC's are cheap and widely available and Apple has the lifestyle computer market pretty much cornered (as far as the masses are concerned).
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    Re: News - Amiga set for a long-awaited reappearance

    The hobbyist/enthusiast market?

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