AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC By Chris Williams. Published: 7th Oct 2003, 08:31:25 | Permalink | Printable
Desktop readyAnnouncing it as a "new RISC OS machine", which really woke us up this morning, AdvantageSix (better known as STD to RISC OS users) has instead launched the A6 - a WindowsXP PC that employs VirtualRPC-SE to allow RISC OS and RISC OS applications to run on it.
"Under VirtualRPC-SE, users can expect performance which meets or exceeds that of the fastest traditional StrongARM RiscPC machines (287MHz), and applications requiring disk access can exceed the speeds of this machine significantly", Stuart Tyrrell of AdvantageSix told us today. "Independant benchmark results will be published as soon as they are available."
Just last week we asked if there would be a time when RISC OS dealers would recommend an emulation solution over an in-house engineered, native RISC OS hardware product. Emulation, once a taboo subject, is now enabling RISC OS to run ever faster as well as securing a future architecture.
We're looking forward to the possibility of a Linux edition of VRPC-SE.
The A6 PC specifications fail to note the processor speed of the machine but the base unit includes a 40GB harddisc and 256MB of RAM. The focus of the machine is being able to use RISC OS and Microsoft's WindowsXP operating systems at the same time, at an affordable price. AdvantageSix is, to our best knowledge, the second RISC OS dealer to offer a RISC OS emulation product based on the Intel x86 architecture.
A6 PC website - details, pricings
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