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Someone's been using their Neurons

Published: 2nd Nov 2001, 06:15:27 | Permalink | Printable

'That's the way to do it', we say to CTL's Neuron website

Following the RISC OS 2001 show, drobe.co.uk reported on Castle Technologies new Neuron product, a product that effectively reduces an ARM-based computer system to a board smaller than half an A4 piece of paper making it ideal for embedded systems.

Are Castle onto a winner? With a website like this we certainly hope so. If you're going to create an online presence then you have got to do it right. The days of bodging together a few fancy words and slides and trying to pass it off as a website are numbered. Thank God. This by the way doesn't mean bloat your site with graphics and flashy nonsense. It takes effort and consideration and most of all, content. Ok, enough of the editorial.

Although Castle appear to insist that RISC OS is their first choice as the OS for the Neuron, there are worries that it'll end up as another piece of linux kit.
"The embedded computer [Neuron] comes equipped with the ultra-reliable RISC OS operating system", explains the site. "It is also optionally able to run UNIX (NetBSD or Linux) operating systems. Ease of programming and a substantial library of application software and hardware make the Neuron100 the embedded solution for a wide range of high performance applications."

Castle have suggested that next year, Castle RISC OS desktop machines could employ Neuron boards and rumours flying around usenet suggest that the Slym computer will use a Neuron board too. The first Neuron will feature that old chesnut, the ARM7500FE CPU with later models using faster StrongARM technology.

What does this mean for RISC OS? Who knows, although I quite fancy a RISC OS powered kitchen. We'll keep you posted.

Chris, Chief insommiac

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Erm... what's so good about the web site? OK, it's better than MDs, but so is a 404 error. Castle's Neuron site looks poor in Oregano. :-/

I would hope that Castle make some 'slimline' desktop models, especially with trendy liquid crystal displays. We need to aim in the same direction as Apple!

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 9:51AM
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The website's a lot better when you actually get into the content, such as [link] - and you have a browser that handles backgrounds properly.


 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 12:58PM
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It might be reastating the obvious that making sure that RISC OS remains the OS of choice for this devices. Whilst it is possible that they can be intergrated into desktop machines, I don't see it as likely, I think they will be used in portable devices such as PDAs. Software for PDAs will be developed on RISC OS desktop machines, thus helping to boost that market.

 is a RISC OS Uservorcampbel on 2/11/01 3:46PM
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Stupid question...

.uk.co ???? Weird!

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 6:52PM
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It's the new TLDs... they are starting to get silly now though..

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 7:33PM
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It's not the new TLDs you silly moose. It's just that some enterprising sod in Columbia (".co") bought the .uk subdomain and is flogging it to gullible spoons in the UK.

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 10:45PM
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What's so great about the site? (Apart from the product of course) All the logos have the wrong size attributes and so are scaled to silly ratios and look very poor.

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 11:05PM
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If you use Oregano then the site looks quite good.

However, am I the only one who finds some of the specs for these boards decidedly unimpressive? Only 2 IDE devices @ only 2mb per second? Up to 128mb RAM?

 is a RISC OS User on 3/11/01 1:46AM
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Scaled wrong? Someone's been using WebsterXL ;-)

 is a RISC OS User on 3/11/01 1:59AM
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The site looks very amateur-1995-ish with Oregano. In fact, it probably looks as bad in any browser.

The boards are not impressive, since they are simply glorified and shrunk-down A7000s.

Castle use .org.uk and .uk.co because castle.co.uk is registered by someone else! I think they should use castle-technology.co.uk (and/or .com) myself, since using .org.uk is a disgrace.

 is a RISC OS User on 3/11/01 10:24AM
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In that case, why don't you come up with something better? I think it's a great design.

The boards are impressive for what they are to be used for. Then there's the StrongARM version.

Why don't you stop being so childish?

 is a RISC OS User on 3/11/01 1:52PM
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You guys are so negative you dont deserve this technology. I just wish some enterprising american would buy up the whole Risc OS technology and develop and market it properly.

 is a RISC OS User on 3/11/01 10:04PM
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If I invent a device for keeping the feet warm, made from wool or cotton, call it a 'sock' and write RISC OS on it, you lot would be *so* happy! No! This sock is a super-sock! Best sock ever made! Look! Its got RISC OS written on it! It *must* be good!

I think I know who needs to grow up and open their eyes, and it's not the people who seem negative towards things like Castle's efforts (and hey, as far as the Neuron goes, it's not that good - only 'advantage' is has over lots of other far smaller more powerful ARM boards is that it runs the 'ultra-realible' RISC OS, which quite frankly, is funny as hell. I still use RISC OS as one of my desktops of choice, but I wouldn't trust my washing machine or toaster to it.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 10:03AM
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If you don't like anything, why don't you just go away?

Quite how you can be so sure that Castle board's are not very good is beyond me. You also seem to be missing the fact that they are offering UNIX-based operating systems as alternatives to RISC OS, so maybe you could stop whining on about it.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 12:33PM
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I'd buy socks with RISC OS written on them. Would anyone else? I'll get my mum to make some if so, and make some money :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 3:48PM
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I don't recall saying I didn't like anything - perhaps you're simply reading what you want to see, rather than what is actually there? I like your non-point about UNIX, too. Crafted like any blind advocate would.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 4:31PM
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If you're so smart, why don't you come up with something better? I bet you're one of those people who complain about fixed-width tables in a Web site - anything to have a whinge and run people down.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 4:54PM
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Scaled wrong - yes viewed on WXL, but it also is noticable on netscrape. But doesn't stand out so badly amongst the rotten PC fonts.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 9:02PM
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I didn't say I was smart - but again, you're proving my point again. What makes you think I *want* to? I don't need to - if I want something better (of which, the choice is huge) I'll just go and use that instead, ta. Now be quiet before you dig yourself deeper.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 10:33PM
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I am not digging myself into anything. Just seems to me that you're not a happy bunny, you don't like what people are doing to rectify the situation so you might as well go and use a Pee Cee.

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 2:01AM
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I'll give up now - teaching people to read over the internet is tricky.

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 9:25AM
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The neuron site looks pretty smart IMHO. But why isn't there a link to it from any of Castle's other pages? How is one supposed to find it other than following a direct link in an article such as this?

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 1:32PM
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Jeez chaps, put the handbags away, the Neuron is'nt going to give a G4 Mac a run for it's money, but that not what it's for, I think despite all the let downs that the RISC OS world has had from all the hardware manufacturers, we should give them the benefit of the doubt until they prove one way or the other if it's a good product.

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 9:46AM
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/me wallaps you round the head with a handbag

 is a RISC OS User on 12/11/01 7:06PM
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SLYM will be using the new Neuron 64Mhz board. First world wide release will be at the BETT 2002 show stand B62. It also has floppy and hard disc control available to it if necessary. From a person who knows!

 is a RISC OS User on 23/11/01 3:36PM
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