AmigaOne A1222 updateTalking about communicating, I receive a lot of requests for information about the release date for the AmigaOne A1222. At AmiWest 2017 and Amiga32, in agreement with Hyperion Entertainment, I was able to present the first public showing of the AmigaOne A1222 running a pre-release beta version of AmigaOS 4.1. I was able to demonstrate that AmigaOS4.1 is very stable on the A1222 which also fully supports the latest RadeonHD 3.x, including the new 64-bit VRAM feature, along with Warp 3D Nova and Warp3D-SI. However, I did reveal that work was still ongoing on the Audio and Ethernet drivers and well as FPU optimsation. The A1222 has not been totally cut-off from cyberspace since the AmigaOS 4.1 beta iso included a driver for an inexpensive USB-to-Ethernet device which allowed the A1222 to connect to the web. A number of the beta testers, including me, have been using the device for online access and I even wrote and posted an earlier blog using the device/driver. The USB-to-Ethernet device was a good stop-gap measure but obviously not suitable for the final AmigaOne A1222 release.Remote Desktop on AmigaOne A1222 to Windows PCI’m actually writing this blog using a combination Odyssey and Remote Desktop on my AmigaOne A1222 to test out a new on-board Ethernet driver written by AmigaOS 4.1 developer Rene’ Olsen. 🙂 .I’m pleased to report that Rene’s driver appears to be very stable and works well. I’ve downloaded multiple copies of the latest Enhancer Software v2.x beta archives and installed numerous programs and utilities from AMIStore and transferred gigabytes of data over my LAN without any problems.Running OWB on AmigaOne A1222Even better the driver appears to be on par and perhaps a little faster that the standard OS4 network driver for my RTL8139 Ethernet card. Incidentally, Rene’ also wrote the driver for the USB-to-Ethernet device so I suppose it’s no surprise that the initial release of his Ethernet driver works so well. I’ve attached a couple of screengrabs showing Remote Desktop and Odyssey on my A1222, two programs which are always a good tests of network performance. The driver has now been issued to the A1222 beta testers for thorough stress testing. Rene’ received some help from Justin Hibbits who was recommended to Steven Solie by Alex Perez. Alex is another A1222 & X5000 beta tester who has a particular fondness for Linux. Justin is a committer at FreeBSD who, according to Steven, is looking for help with the FreeBSD port. If any Linux motivated A1222 beta testers want to help Justin complete FreeBSD for Tabor/A1222 please make contact and I will pass on your details. We already have the Atlantis and Pathfinder Tabor boards working 24/7 building Debian SPE thanks to the work of John Paul Adrian Glaubitz.
Source: Trevor’s Amiga Blog
The New Compatible A500(+) case is the perfect replacement case for your aging yellowed Amiga 500 case. Manufactured with the same quality standards as the New Compatible A1200 cases, it comes with extended support for Apollo boards as well as USB/HDMI/SD cards ports. No more hassle opening the case to replace or connect anything. Treated Anti-UV, it will stay fresh and as new for the next 50 years.
Source: New Compatible Case for Amiga 500 & Plus | Indiegogo
First up the future of C64 got a shade brighter today, as official production started on Gideon’s long awaited Ultimate 64 boards. The photos look awesome and you can see more of them now in the 1541 Ultimate Facebook Group. The latest news is that some 500+ boards should be produced between now and the end of April, and the website will open up pre-orders periodically during this period. More boards should be created to fill remaining demand afterwards. These boards are not for sale as of yet, as further testing takes place to help ensure the FPGA based modern 64 motherboards are as solid as possible before release. You can find out more on the official Ultimate 64 website.
Source: Indie Retro News: C64 Weekly Roundup – Ultimate-64, 4KB Crappy Games, IK Ultimate and more!
Radeon Graphics: The Move To PolarisFebruary 3, 2018
Over the last few years, AmigaDeveloper.com Team member Hans De Ruiter has been working steadfastly on keeping the Enhancer Software in pace with the hardware developments of AMD’s latest Radeon graphics cards.Since the first Enhancer Software release in 2016, there have been fourteen updates to the RadeonHD driver. The driver has been expanded to support the exciting Warp3D Nova system and to be compatible with many more Radeon graphics cards running the Oland chipset.AMD are continually updating the range of cards available and using newer more advanced chipsets. To keep the Enhancer Software in pace of AMD’s advancements, we have had to significantly invest in more development.In retail channels of late, the Southern Islands cards are now no longer available with the exception of Oland based R7 240 variants. Such is the relentless march of technology in the wider computing world that the AmigaDeveloper.com team need to keep afoot of.
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If you weren’t able to tune into BlackBerry’s Q3 fiscal 2018 earnings call, you can now listen to the replay. Given the last call was held at the end of the September, a few of the same topics come during this one but there are a number of new highlights as well that BlackBerry CEO John Chen touches on such as BlackBerry QNX design wins with ten automotive suppliers in the quarter, new patent licensing agreement signed with Teletry and business wins with approximately 3,000 enterprise customer orders. Q3 H
Source: Listen to the replay of BlackBerry’s Q3 Fiscal 2018 earnings call | CrackBerry.com
BBM – What Changed This Week and Why.
First, to our very loyal users we are sorry for any confusion this week. Thank you for being patient and allowing us to set the record straight on the details and user impact necessitated by the coming split of BBM into three separate services: BBM Enterprise for all devices; BBM Consumer for BBOS and BB10; and BBM Consumer for Android, iOS and Microsoft devices.Why We Are Making Changes: For several years, BBM has been serving two very distinct and different audiences: enterprise customers, many of whom require military-grade security for their text, voice and video conversations; and consumer users interested in a free service that offers sticky features like games, shopping, music, news, payments and more.
Source: BBM – What Changed This Week and Why | Inside BlackBerry
BlackBerry will team up with automotive company Delphi to provide some much needed support for self-driving cars — but the project won’t have anything to do with old-school smartphone service. The two companies signed a commercial working partnership that will bring BlackBerry’s QNX operating system to Delphi’s self-driving car platform. BlackBerry’s auto OS is already found in infotainment centers from several carmakers, most notably Ford’s Sync system. The partnership will bring the QNX OS to Delphi’s proposed Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform, which the company calls a “fully integrated automated driving solution,” slated for release in 2019. Delphi hopes to offer the CSLP platform to automakers that don’t develop their own autonomous system as an aftermarket self-driving option.
Source: BlackBerry teams with Delphi for cybersecurity for self-driving cars
After the big success of the Vampire 600 V2 and Vampire 500 V2+, Apollo Team is proud to announce their next generation FPGA device: the Vampire V4. The Vampire V4 is made with a standard “one design to fit them all” and comes in three flavors depending on customer need:The Vampire V4 Standalone SystemThe Vampire V4 for Amiga Classic compatible withAmiga 1000/500/2000/CDTVAmiga 600 with kippa’s adapter (if produced)The Vampire V4 for Amiga 1200This new Vampire V4 packs many upgraded specifications and brings Amiga Classic systems to another new performance paradigm thanks to its new Altera Cyclone 5 A5 FPGA and fast DDR3 memory.The Vampire V4 standalone system will be a complete new Amiga system powered by the 68080 CPU core and the complete SAGA chipset (AGA compatible).Vampire V4 is powered by:FPGA : Altera Cyclone V A5 (77k LE, 28nm technology)RAM : 512MB DDR3 (up to 1GB/s)And supports:FastIDE with 40/44-pin connectorsDigital Video-out up to 720p@60HzDual Kickstart-flashrom (for safety)MicroSD StorageCertification: Vampire V4 is CE, WEEE and RoHS compliant
Source: Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4 – Apollo Accelerators
The AmigaOne is the only computer in the world to include this very powerful and flexible user programmable co-processor. Developers that are looking to develop…..
Source: The Xorro Rev 1.0 Project Board for AmigaOne X1000 and X5000 – Generation Amiga