A9home surfaces at user groupBy Chris Williams. Published: 1st Jun 2005, 15:51:50 | Permalink | Printable
Project still under wrapsThe beta version of the A9home will, we're informed, appear in public tonight at the Wakefield Acorn user group. The WROCC's Chris Hughes said earlier today, "The A9home was launched to the world at the recent Wakefield show, but some did not get a chance to see it for various reasons, so we have invited [AdvantageSix] to come back and give not only our members another chance to see the A9home closeup, but it also gives everyone else a chance if they missed it to come and see it closeup as well."
It's expected that this will be the first of various user group outings over the coming months for the A9home, as developer interest in the RISC OS 4 400Mhz ARM9 computer rises. According to various sources, AdvantageSix have been run off their feet since the Wakefield show to build batches of developer only beta versions of the A9home. We gather that those already with the tiny machines are gagged from revealing too much about the secretive hardware, meaning that we'll possibly have to wait until closer to the retail launch before particular details are known.
The UK retailer for the A9home, who will be handling consumer sales and support, CJE Micros, declined to comment further on the machine. We understand that a German RISC OS dealer has also contacted AdvantageSix regarding a mainland distribution of the computer. It's strongly believed that the kit uses the Samsung S3C2440 processor and the SM501 for graphics. The machine is still missing features such as sound support, and is waiting for its 32bit operating system to be completed.
Incidentally, AdvantageSix have updated their A9home website with more information and a PDF of the flyer they handed out at the Wakefield show, which includes prices and other blurb.
Wakefield user group website
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