Castle revise Iyonix pricing offerBy Chris Williams. Published: 20th Dec 2002, 04:08:34 | Permalink | Printable
That means their special offer is being extended. In case you're waiting for some other machine. Obviously. [Updated] New documentation on Iyonix siteA week can't go by without some news or other emerging from the Castle stronghold, we ought to spin off castle.drobe.co.uk or something. Firstly, it's obvious that getting details of their 80321 XScale powered Iyonix briefly plastered across slashdot and OSNews wasn't enough. No, they had to go the whole hog and get a write up in the Guardian Online too; but hey, we're not complaining as drobe.co.uk got a link from the newpaper's online article. As it happens, and despite our initial fears, Guardian writer Nigel Willmott was quite welcoming towards RISC OS and gave a fair account of the state of play within the RISC OS world. It's the kind of report you'd be comfortable to show your non-RISC OS friends. Nigel also dug up a few facts even we missed, such as the revelation that it's Castle's intention to shift at least 500 Iyonixs before the year is out. Now that's journalism.
Anyway, you wouldn't expect this excitement to go to Castle's head, because they might, like, throw a very special offer or something. Hang on a minute. What's this press release?
"Since its launch on 30th November 2002 the all new 32-bit IYONIX pc has been on sale at a special launch price of UKP1299 inc. VAT", begins the email from Mike Williams, on behalf of Castle. "The launch offer will now be extended beyond 31st December 2002, but only while current stocks last."
This means that if you're at the moment waiting for, oh say, a rival machine to appear before considering purchasing an Iyonix, you can always grab an Iyonix early next year at the launch price, provided stocks of the launch model are still available.
As 2002 retires (until further notice) and 2003 begins, we're informed that Castle will be launching an Iyonix featuring 128MB DDR RAM, a 40GB harddisc and a 48x normal CD-ROM drive. It comes as no surprise that no price as yet has been released for this 'New Year' system. Castle will be closed from 23rd December until 2nd January, although you can still place orders via fax and the internet during this holiday period. We're also reminded that the Castle C/C++ development suite is still under special offer at 99 quid. This lasts until the end of the year, at which point the price of the package will be hiked up to its previous price of 199 quid.
The 32 bit RISC OS documentation pages on the Iyonix website were updated yesterday with information on programming the computer's PCI manager, an introduction to the Iyonix HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer), details of the updated Filecore for larger hard discs and lots more API system details.
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