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When MD first proposed the Omega at the RISC OS 2000 show, it was a Pheobe class machine (Strong ARM without restriction of slow memory, better graphics and PCI), which sounded feasible, but I treated it with caution due to the difficulties they had had getting most of the funcationilty to work with the much simpiler A7000 clone, the Mico. I had a pretty good idea that when orders were taken the hardware was still at the design state, which turned out to be correct as even a very flakey prototype wasn't seen for another 19 months until Wakefiled 2001. The early announcement was designed to styme the market for any other players and taking peoples full money ensured tided up for the years it took to get the machine out.

But what made me decide never to even contemplate the machine, was the nonsence over the ARM twister. It was obvious a Strong ARM class machine had past its day and anyone making an XScale machine with a (suitable OS) would wipe the floor with it. So this mythical ARM Twister upgrade was suddenly invented to again try to styme the market against other players, and convice people to keep their money with MD where it couldn't be spent on anything else. All the best minds in ARM hardware and software development tore holes in MDs initial explaination of how it would manage to run a 26bit OS, so they hurried announced they'd changed to to something else, but wouldn't say what - they kept sending me JC style emails "you're wrong but we can't tell you why".

The final straw was when the Iyonix was launched and after months of silince on the progress of their own machine, MD suddenly issued a flood of news postings rubbishing the Iyonix as no more than a souped up A7000, and how their Omega/ARMTwister was superior, before dissapearing again when asked when they'd deliver. It was a desperate and sickening last ditch attempt to stop their customers jumping ship. Well, we all know how it turned out, with the Omega being years late and offering less working functionality than a Risc PC with Kinetic and ViewFinder, and nowhere near the Iyonix. The ARM Twister remains a complete fantasy, although it seems there are people that still beleive, depite it being rendered unnecessary by the availability of Adjust 32 meaning an XScale upgrade could run the OS natively, if MD were ever to deliver one.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 18/7/05 10:13AM
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