Aemulor.com confirm release dates, pricesBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Dec 2002, 04:50:53 | Permalink | Printable
Aemulor Lite and Aemulor Pro brings 26 bit to 32 in 1 easy stepWhile this humble drobe.co.uk minion was busy messing about with C code and irc instead of diligently ransacking the RISC OS world for news, it's reassuring to know that at least one drobe.co.uk reader was on the ball, having spotted the recent news posting to the Aemulor.com forums. It was Simon "ksattic" Wilson who emailed us the tip off about Aemulor and their official release date announcements.
What's in store
As we, erm, skillfully ascertained at the Midlands show, the 26 bit emulator for the recently slashdotted 32 bit Castle Iyonix, is due for release in January 2003 priced at the modest sum of 50 quid. An Aemulor Pro version is due out some time later, again in 2003. Aemulor features full 26 bit application and module emulation using an interpreter engine written in pure ARM assembler code, optimised naturally for the XScale processor. As the Iyonix doesn't support screen depths of less than 256 colours, Aemulor Pro will provide emulation for this. drobe.co.uk has seen Aemulor in action on various occasions now and although the emulation speed hovers around the ARM600-700 processor mark, it's more nippy than we first expected. Essentially, the emulator has the option of translating each 32 bit unsafe instruction to 32 bit safe as a given program executes or instead converting chunks of code beforehand in wholesale. Aemulor will initially rely more or less on the interpreter approach, its big brother Aemulor Pro utilising a full JIT (Just In Time) engine. At least, that's what we were told. For the moment though, it makes a good job of coaxing the 600MHz XScale into simulating a 40MHz 26 bit machine and the development team appear 'enthusiastic' in their work.
Say no to piracy
It's interesting to note also that Aemulor will be made available via the aemulor.com website and each copy will be tied to the owner's Iyonix MAC address or in other words, a unique identification number hardwired into each network card embedded in an Iyonix motherboard.
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