A75 is ARM7500FE ruggableBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th May 2004, 17:17:27 | Permalink | Printable
The power of ARM7The moderately hyped A75 machine from STD has been revealed as being an ARM7500FE based computer, running RISC OS Adjust and 'Embedded RISC OS Adjust'. Measuring 44mm x 214mm x 250mm, STD claim, "the A75 is designed to withstand the rough-and-tumble of industrial life."
"There are a range of options, and some other interesting tidbits: for instance, two units can be fitted side-by-side in a 1U rackmount enclosure - it's as wide as a single magazine page and just slightly taller than my USB mouse, according to an ad in Qercus," writes Iconbar, which broke the news earlier this afternoon.
The A75 features the usual I/O ports, including USB and networking, and can also be made fully solid state by using Flash based memory. STD believe that RISC OS, coupled with BASIC V, will provide a "rapid solutions development" system and the machine is ideal for engineers and contractors who want to bring a reliable computer to a site to perform work and other tasks.
Earlier this week, STD refused to comment on exactly what applications the A75 would be used in.
"Based around a similar environment to that of the BBC microcomputers used for many years in education, a significant proportion of current practicing engineers will find that they already have the skill-set to develop simple solutions to complex problems using the A75," STD, aka Advantage Six, argues.
Explaining that perhaps the A75 isn't completely suitable for home desktop use, STD's website continues: "The A75 is the first ARM-based machine to integrate a custom build of Embedded RISC OS Adjust (4.39). Standard RISC OS Adjust (4.39) is also available. The pricing of the A75 is dependant on quantity, options and configuration. The A75 is available to OEM customers, direct from Advantage Six."
The A75 website
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