Is it a new ARM10 portable? Is it a new 800MHz XScale desktop? No! It's a new case. Castle have unveiled just in time for this weekend's South West show their new Iyonix X100 model which is near identical to their current range of Iyonixes except it comes in a slightly better desktop case.
The X100 measures up as 105mm high, 325mm wide and 430mm deep and kinda resembles a mix between the original Acorn A7000 case and a Sun Ultra5. Everything else about the new X100 model is the same: 600MHz XScale processor, RISC OS 5, NVidia GeForce2 graphics and you know the rest. The only thing it's lacking is space for legacy podules - what a shame.
Maybe I've not been to PC world recently enough, but I thought that it was the old Iyonix case that looked like a cheap PC clone. Oddly enough it seems to be cheaper (well, better spec for the same price in most configurations) on the Castle website, though I can see at least one mistake on Castle's Iyonix price list at first glance, so it's worth checking if the 128MB X100 really comes with the same HDD as the top-of-the-range tower Iyonix.
Anyway, in my opinion it's an improvement. Shame about the lack of podule space, but I've only got one podule anyway. Shame it's a SCSI podule, though it may be time to chuck out all that old SCSI gear now we've got fast, quiet IDE drives and USB.
I hopped over to the iyonix site and the also seem to have "quietly" introduced a mid-range (256MB DDR) machine that fits between the low and high end ones.
Actually the case looks pretty good (albeit at the expense of loosing Podule Bus backwards compatibility). But then tastes do differ (by the way Imj its usually *not* a good idea to judge a book by its cover )
In reply to nunfetishist:
I've had a look inside the case today and it is just a standard ATX motherboard, the blanking panel would have to transferred to the new case as the positions of the sockets are (slightly) non-standard. The nice thing to try next would be the Iyonix motherboard in a Mini-ITX form factor.
In reply to blahnr:
How you work that one out then? I think the case looks crap for the £1249 + P+P. I've just paid, but I don't care because I've got a damn fast RISC OS machine, and as Rob said eariler, it can be shoved into any old case!
Oooh, and BTW, I'm off to my first ever RISC OS show in Sat..... I've either decided its to far to go (in the past), or I've never had the money to go before, not as an impoverished student anyway. So it'll be kinda nice to meet a few ppl, including Lionel Smith whom I met a few months back, if he's there! Who else is going on Saturday, just out of interest?
opelfruitcase: There are normally one or two ordinary users (as opposed to exhibitors) at the South West show from north-east England, and four or five from the London area. Looks likely to be much the same this year.
There aren't normally any ordinary users from Germany or Poland at the South West show, as it's too far to go for just one day.
But I think plenty of Drobe regulars will be there.
I've got an Ultra 5 right in front of me on the desk now, and it looks nothing like the new Iyonix case. CD Drive on the wrong side and doesn't have that silly little flap above the floppy slot. I'll be the Iyo is quieter to.
Actually, it is more reminiscent of my old A420/1. It certainly has an Acorn look about it.
maikl: As to how the Iyonix does it I'm not sure, but in the PC world (which I expect is what the card reader was produced for in the first place) they either have a breakthough, going into arear USB socket, or they have an adapter to connect directly to the motherboard's USB socket (where the other external sockets are connected to). This means the card reader can tell the USB device it's a mass storage device, and uses standard USB drivers.
I thought the case looks fairly interesting; at least it's not plain beige all over. It will be interesting to see if anyone mods this case (or just swaps itto another case) in the near future. I thought of an Iyonix portable is quite exciting though, and should it happen (considering when it's likely to happen, if it does) I expect I'll buy one.
In reply to spriteman
I too think the case looks great.
(You'd be worried and wondering what I was after if I swiftly replied that I thought differently)
It looks like it will colour match the Castle free monitor better than the one in the picture.
I just phoned Castle.
At the SW show you can buy this new top model and
(A) Claim a free monitor
OR (B) Have £90 off the price
OR (C) Trade in an old RiscPC (see old drobe news).
A shame the ORs are not ANDs but that would be illogical !