Castle move to Cambridge rumouredBy Chris Williams. Published: 1st Dec 2005, 18:17:05 | Permalink | Printable
Speculation knows no boundsSpeculation is growing over the future of Castle and the restructuring the company is considering following the closure of its Tematic division. It is claimed by sources that the Iyonix manufacturer is in the process of moving from its Framlingham base to a location in Cambridge.
Punters at the Guildford show observed that the Castle stand was manned by bosses Jack Lillingston and John Ballance, with support staff Will Ling and Stacey Scruby noticeably absent. The company is exhibiting at all three venues in this month's road show while Will Ling is believed to be working on a separate project.
In his editorial for this month's issue of RiscWorld, Aaron Timbrell said, "Nothing has been seen or heard of Will Ling for some time, and Stacey was absent from the recent Guildford show. I have heard two different explanations for this, firstly that she was ill and secondly that she was pregnant."
Aaron also speculated that some of the the ex-Tematic staff have formed their own consultancy company, while at least one is believed to have joined Ant Ltd.
Discussing the changes at Castle, he added: "Let's hope that CTL are able to weather the storm. History indicates that they will, as the company has an excellent track record of surviving periods of instability. I just wonder what impact all of the changes might have on any planned future projects, such as an Iyonix II?"
The 38-year-old RISCOS Ltd director, who also manages the VirtualAcorn brand and is away from the VA office until Monday, drew attention to the recent claim by R-Comp that under a thousand Iyonixes had been sold to date. At the RISC OS 5 computer's launch in November 2002, the Castle team reportedly said they wanted to sell 500 units by Christmas, but on the machine's first anniversary, the company said the Iyonix had "beaten all of our expectations".
Castle were unavailable for comment.
Update at 11:59 2/12/2005
The accuracy of the 600-1000 figure for the number of Iyonixes sold to date has been disputed. The Aemulor team, who lock their software down to each Iyonix using the machines' network chip MAC address, say the range of addresses provided to them from users would appear to exceed 1000. Also, a number of Iyonix products, including the entry level system and the DIY kits, are shipped without bundled software - which could result in a figure much greater than 600.
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