Far Eastern RISC OS 4 ROM source foundBy Chris Williams. Published: 5th May 2004, 12:44:56 | Permalink | Printable
Everything's going to be OKIThe future of RISC OS 4 on ROM is secure says developer RISCOS Ltd., now that a supplier of suitable OTP (one time programmable) ROMs has been found. The chips, manufactured by OKI but discontinued two years ago, were originally used to produce RISC OS 4.02 releases, and can be used now to produce batches of RISC OS 4.39 (aka Adjust).
The first batch of 150 copies of Adjust were sent to customers on Flash ROMs, which can be reprogrammed at a later date, unlike OTP ROMs - RISCOS Ltd. has pledged that Flash ROM Adjust users will be entitled to "a free Flash upgrade to the next version of RISC OS Adjust within 6 months of purchase".
"A chance conversation at a recent Trade Fair led to the discovery of a large unused batch of ROMs held by a Far East manufacturer," explained RISCOS Ltd.'s managing director, Paul Middleton. "A sample ROM has been received and it is expected that the full supply of ROMs will be received in the UK and cleared through customs by the end of May."
And for the silicon squeamish, like this editor, there's always the softloading Select scheme if the idea of re-fitting ROMs brings back bad memories of hacking that old A5000 to bits.
ROM announcement - pricing details, etc. as archived by Iconbar
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