As you may now A-EON is going to resurrect Amiga by releasing brand-new AmigaOne X1000. (If you don’t know what Amiga is I suggest you to ask someone who can remember the 80′s or at least the 90′s – probably your parents ;) ) I’ve heard rumors that tomorrow’s Monday is going to be it’s release date. Personally I doubt it because official website of A-EON gives only “Coming Summer 2010″. However it would be an missed opportunity if we would not even mention about AmigaOne X1000 before it’s release, and we don’t want to miss any opportunity ;)
I remember times when some people were making prophecies about soon end of PCs and domination of Amiga. It’s funny how history like to make jokes from prophets – PCs are doing well and Amiga is rather niche hardware for passionates. Not even releasing AmigaOne by Eyetech changed that. I don’t have any accurate data but Amiga share of the hardware market is rather very low, if not statistically insignificant. (If any Amiga-fanboy is reading this and want kill me for telling lies he can just prove I’m wrong in the comments ;) ) Sure, there is a quite large and active community build around everything connected to Amiga, but seriously it’s heyday is gone – deal with it. Apparently A-EON is run by techno-necromancers because they want to resurrect Amiga in form of super-duper AmigaOne X1000. From their website:
The AmigaOne X1000 is not like other computers. It’s based on a PowerPC CPU architecture, it includes Xena, a “Software Defined Silicon” co-processor, and above all it runs AmigaOS 4.
The X1000 ends the years of AmigaOS being relegated to a ghetto of outdated hardware – great as it was at the time, the world has moved on a long way since the days of Commodore. For the first time in many years, AmigaOS has a genuinely modern hardware platform.
Is it really this good, kick-ass piece of hardware? We will see, however Apple resigned from PowerPC some time ago and I’m not convinced that AmigaOne X1000 will make them regret their decision. Probably it also won’t dramatically change number of Amiga cultists.
However I can’t say that A-EON has no marketing strategy – they can make hype around X1000, that’s for sure. Amigans are excited like Road Runner on meth, but I can’t blame them. A-EON made their product as mysterious, as it possible. Below you can see video made by some Amigan, which they put in their website.
And video description, which in fact is promotional materials from A-EON (description, not video):
At the start of this journey, we posed the question ‘what is X?’ The answer is that X is many things. X is the Xena/XMOS chip, and the Xorro slot that accompanies it. X is the mystery CPU, and above all, X is the AmigaOne X1000, the new complete desktop computer system from A-EON.
It’s almost 25 years since Commodore released the A1000 model that launched the line in the summer of 1985, and with the launch of the X1000 we will usher in a new beginning for the AmigaOS platform. Just as Commodore did with the A1000, we’re aiming at the high-end first, with a powerful desktop computer aimed at the professional and serious hobbyist markets (although you won’t have to wait until summer, and it should be a little cheaper!) The launch of the A1000 offered something new, and the X1000 will do the same. The world has moved on and custom chips no longer make much sense, but the X1000 offers a customisable chip as standard instead – ‘Xena’.
Thanks to Xena and the Xorro interface, the X1000 offers extraordinary flexibility. We believe that with this easy gateway to the world of ‘Software Defined Silicon’ and a path to massive parallelism, the X1000 will once more make the AmigaOS platform the best choice for truly creative and unique applications. For custom hardware control from robotics to theatrical lighting, for hobbyist creativity, for hardware hacking and for a multitude of applications we haven’t even imagined yet, the X1000 is a dream platform – and therein lies another meaning of ‘X’, the unknown. It is you, not us, who will define the future.
Of course that’s far from all there is to the X1000. Even if you have no interest in the co-processor concept, the X1000 is by a large margin the most powerful and up-to-date platform for running AmigaOS. With a fast dual-core CPU and a full range of modern interfaces such as PCIe x16, SATA and USB 2.0, the already extremely responsive AmigaOS will at last have a truly high-end platform to run on. While AmigaOS has progressed massively over the last few years (and continues to develop more and more features at an impressive rate), the hardware to run it on has not kept pace. There was a time when we had great hardware as well as a great Operating System, and with the AmigaOne X1000, we can finally say that time is come again. While the entry level is currently well catered for by ACube’s SAM motherboard, it is this return of AmigaOS to the high-end that truly ushers in a new beginning.
How cool is that? Sounds fun, but how much of it will turn out to be just hype? Time will tell. Meanwhile below you will find specification of reborn Amiga taken from A-EON website. It can of course change before release.
And photo of Nemo – motherboard of X1000
TL;DR AmigaOne X1000 is coming to town. Get ready – eat spinach.