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markee174>Not preannouncing something *is* an important consideration Acorn, if my memory serves me right, caused itself no small amount of trouble by "preannouncing" Pheobe - this (virtually) killed RPC sales.

Trouble is *future* developments are funded by *current* sales. If no-one buys so that they have the money to buy the "future" hardware then the current stuff will ultimately fail and future developments won't happen.

The analogy between the A9Home and Iyonix is, however, a weak one. The A9Home has a CPU+Memory on a daughterboard that plugs into the small mainboard. It would be *feasible* to replace that board with an updated one that takes the new CPU and appropriate RAM (assuming both mainboard and CPU use compatible voltages). Also from a software viewpoint how compatible is the new and old Samsung processor? If they're identical then work on completing RO6/Select (or whatever) on A9Home will work with either.... if they're not exactly identical then there may be some software/OS development work *as well as* new hardware design to support the processor. Both will cost (and take time)

The Iyonix IOP80321 is soldered to the mainboard. To replace it with something else would (in effect) require a new mainboard - this is a taller order. But both paths for A9Home (or Iyonix) does involve some hardware development, (probably) some software development and both entail additional costs which will be passed onto the end user.

If Ad6/Simtec *do* provide an updated CPU+RAM board for A9 then it'll cost (as a retrofit) it'll also up the price of any new A9 incorporating it - as someone else pointed out the performance difference with the Iyonix will narrow - but the A9 still won't be as expandible and it's advantage on price will be considerably eroded it may (almost counterintuitively) make it *less* attractive - unless of course Ad6/Simtec can do the upgrade *without* effecting the price. That would be a *big* ask though.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 12/8/07 5:52PM
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