Updated Iyonix SpecificationsBy Chris Williams. Published: 30th Oct 2002, 13:41:22 | Permalink | Printable
Will work for press releasesJust to make sure Drobe keeps up to date (after all, that's why you read us), we have some updated information about Iyonix. It doesn't say a whole lot - for the full scoop you'll of course have to visit the SE Show on Saturday but it is information that was relased by Castle on the 26th. Without futher ado:
Castle explain that the Iyonix has an "entirely new motherboard, designed from the bottom up". Among other things, This means it doesn't have the bottle neck that has so held back RiscPC performance in some areas.
They go on to say that it supports "up to 1GB DDR (Double Data Rate) RAM, an industry standard PCI graphics card, PCI controller (supporting USB) and a full range of I/O options."
The OS (RISC OS 5) will be supplied in flash ROM, so it can be easily updated. The case itself, is a custom adapted solid metal chassis jobbie, with a front facia feature the machine's name. It's also a tower, as you will probably have guessed from the flash animation on the Iyonix website.
Castle finally detail that the machine will be released with a large number of applications which will be 32-bit ready, as they have been long working with major developers in the RISC OS market. This is good news, as by the time the machine is available, there will already be a large base of software to run on it. This largely mitigates the "chicken and egg" problem foretold in some forums, whereby there will be no software to run on the machine.
In closing, they say "a full specification, including options and pricing, will be made available at the time of launch. Until then no further information will be released." Get your cheque book ready.
Iyonix computer website
Castle official press release
Peter Naulls, editorial consultant
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