"When the Omega project was first unveiled and in the months thereafter, I found it quite promising, innovative (the soft-pc idea) and exciting"
Various concepts connected with the Omega did sound exciting, albeit from a nostalgia perspective: the supposed dual processor design was reminiscent of the Risc PC and/or the BBC second processor architectures. However, its arguably better to not get too fancy when putting out computer hardware.
In the era of the BBC micro, bolting extra processors onto one's "terminal" was a reasonable way of getting access to more computing power, so the second processor concept was fairly interesting. In the era of the Risc PC, having multiple processors could also have been a reasonable way of getting more computing power under the hood.
Unfortunately, the Omega saga is reminiscent of Acorn: nearly all effort on multiprocessor capabilities the Risc PC went into making the "closet PC owner" PC card capabilities, sacrificing simplicity for something that had decreasing relevance. Acorn should have done a solution and dropped identical CPUs into the slots.
Meanwhile, Microdigital should have just gone with one of the increasing numbers of ARM evaluation boards, put the product out there, waited a bit, discovered clearly superior CPUs and boards, put another product out, and so on. ARM stuff isn't exactly a niche any more, and with all that market activity, the best way to deliver better performance is to go along with that market, not try and offer some overcomplicated future-proof solution that will have CPU and system bus frequencies way below its competitors when/if the upgrades start coming.
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