Someone's been using their NeuronsPublished: 2nd Nov 2001, 06:15:27 | Permalink | Printable
'That's the way to do it', we say to CTL's Neuron websiteFollowing 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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