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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
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    KimmoK
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    WB_Coder wrote:
    Quote:

    Andreas_Wolf wrote:
    Reference design board T2080RDB is 1499 USD.
    ...
    Edit: We could use PCIe to PCI and/or AGP adapters for video and sound cards, until we could get drivers for
    PCIe cards, couldn't we? Just wondering if this could be the answer for users who want new equipment, instead of used Mac gear. That is not me, as I am satisfied with what we already have, but some are not.



    + 1 !

    There are boards (even with T4240) available in volume and they cost less than X1000.
    :-x :-P 8-)
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    Yasu
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    I would rather see a 32 bit Amiga compatible PPC Mac plus a NG MorphOS 64 bit non-PPC machine worked on simultaneously. With the G5 you could even have both on the same machine as a stop gap measure.

    But hey, I'm no programmer and I'm not a developer. I trust the MorphOS Team that for whatever reason they don't port it to PPC machine X or x64/ARM machine Y today, it's because they have a good reason not to. And my bet it that it's mostly a question of TIME. If they could live by coding for MorphOS, then I bet more cool things would happen. But since they can't, we can't be too demanding.

    Maybe we could start a foundation, like they have for the Haiku camp? Then we could maybe pay salary for a developer to work full or half time for a while. Or use the money to reward people who make big contribution for MorphOS in general? I know I can spare 25 euros every month for such a thing. Just my 2 cents.

    [ Edited by Yasu 05.06.2014 - 10:28 ]
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
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    Perhaps the person most desperately wanting MOS on HW X should put up a bounty for it.

    (I'm personally very convinced that current low end ARM or off the self x64 is out of the question, so until custom x86 becomes cheaper than custom PPC, let's stay with the PPC.)
    :-x :-P 8-)
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
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    >> http://www.freescale.com/files/32bit/doc/brochure/PWRARCHQIQSG.pdf (page 7)

    > Am I reading the pdf correctly that the Eval board has 4 PCIe slots that
    > are 2.0/3.0 Generation compatible?

    No. While the T2080 chip has 4 PCIe controllers, the T2080RDB board offers only one PCIe x4 slot (not sure whether PCIe version 2 or 3). You can see this "PEX x 4 Slot" in the block diagram there:

    http://www.freescale.com/files/graphic/block_diagram/products/processors/31877-T2080RDB-BD.jpg

    ...called "PCIE x4 Slot" on the photograph there (page 4):

    http://www.freescale.com/files/32bit/doc/quick_start_guide/T2080RDBQS.pdf

    One PCIe slot could run short when we consider the need for graphics and audio. So what I think may be better suited than the T2080RDB is the T4240RDB:

    https://morph.zone/modules/newbb_plus/viewtopic.php?forum=11&topic_id=7780&start=34

    It has the following main advantages relevant for general-purpose computing:

    - PCIe slots: x8 + x4 (vs. x4)
    - CPU: 1.67 GHz (vs. 1.53 GHz)
    - RAM: 6 GiB in 3 DIMM slots (vs. 4 GiB in 1 SODIMM slot)
    - price: 1445 USD (vs. 1499 USD)
    - allegedly available in production volumes from Nexcom

    However, it also has one main disadvantage relevant for general-purpose computing:

    - SATA ports: 1 (vs. 2)

    Using a SATA card in the PCIe x4 slot of the T4240RDB would more than make up for its SATA port shortage compared to the T2080RDB (but then no slot left for an audio card).

    > If the MorphOS Dev. Team would port to this Eval board, couldn't this board
    > be used as the basis for a brand new MorphOS compatible computer system
    > at a price of not much more than $2,000 US Dollars, or less if you use existing
    > case and PSU and other peripherals that you already own?

    I think yes, it could. Both boards come with case and PSU already. The board form factors would complicate using a standard case anyway.

    > 1.8GHz

    1.67 and 1.53 GHz respectively.

    > 8 cores

    4 and 12 cores respectively. They are dual-threaded, though, so amount to 8 and 24 hardware threads respectively.

    > 4 PCIe slots

    2 and 1 PCIe slot(s) respectively.

    > USB2.0/3.0

    2.0 only.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
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    > G4 class performance

    Can you give any meaningful benchmark comparison between e6500 and e600 cores? At least Dhrystone benchmark results in 43% better per-clock performance of e6500 (single-thread) vs. e600. This would need a 2.4 (2.2) GHz e600 to match a 1.67 (1.53) GHz e6500 (single-thread).
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
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    > SAM 460, which unless something changed I am not aware of, it is a computer
    > still in production

    It should have re-entered production some weeks ago, according to information from ACube:

    https://morph.zone/modules/newbb_plus/viewtopic.php?forum=11&topic_id=8931&start=143
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    > I would rather see a 32 bit Amiga compatible PPC Mac plus a NG MorphOS 64 bit
    > non-PPC machine worked on simultaneously. With the G5 you could even have
    > both on the same machine as a stop gap measure.

    A non-PPC OS on the G5? ;-)

    > we could maybe [...] use the money to reward people who make big contribution
    > for MorphOS in general?

    This sounds like the bounties that happen once in a while.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
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    > off the self x64 is out of the question, so until custom x86 becomes cheaper
    > than custom PPC, let's stay with the PPC

    Why must it be custom x86(-64) instead of off-the-shelf x86(-64)? And if we're talking about custom boards, then why shouldn't x86(-64) be cheaper than PPC considering that x86(-64) chips usually have better price-performance ratio and all other costs are similar?
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
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    Posts: 102 from 2003/5/19
    >Andreas_Wolf wrote:

    >> off the self x64 is out of the question, so until custom x86 becomes cheaper
    >> than custom PPC, let's stay with the PPC

    >Why must it be custom x86(-64) instead of off-the-shelf x86(-64)?

    To build support for the HW.
    Normal off the self x86 motherboards have production lifecycle of three months or so. (it takes months to reverse engineer the support for a HW componet when we can not get much documentation)

    Industrial x86 boards have longer availability with higher price etc...

    >And if we're talking about custom boards, then why shouldn't x86(-64) be cheaper than PPC

    Only recently there has been x86 SoC chips with PCIex4 etc, so the board design would most likely require more components.
    And from what I have found, usable x86 is not any cheaper than a usable PPC.

    (but I'm not an expert, just learning etc...)

    >considering that x86(-64) chips usually have better price-performance ratio and all other costs are similar?

    Performance wise, yes, in that way price-performance ratio is better for x86.
    (I believe a common 1.33Ghz x64 SoC has twice the performance of similarly clocked e5500 PPC, +SIMD +GPGPU)

    For me, it is more like what we need than trying to compete with mainstream with CPU power.
    Knowing how much better MOS runs on 1Ghz G4 vs Linux on younger 1.8Ghz AMD Sempron machine, some 1.4Ghz PPC would be ideal for LOW END NG miggy.
    ((T10xx consuming some 5W, I imagine it could be usable also in some (semi)mobile device))


    (I personally prefer big endian + PowerPC as long as most of our SW is native on that etc...)

    [ Edited by KimmoK 06.06.2014 - 11:45 ]
    :-x :-P 8-)
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    Yasu
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    @Andreas_Wolf

    G5 is 64 bit, right? So before a possible move we could base the Next Gen MorphOS on that. Or maybe PPC by then becomes a resonable candidate again. Then having a working 64 bit MorphOS with all the goodies could make the job easier. Maybe.

    I just want a modern AmigaOS. MorphOS is by far the closest. It doesn't have to be the fastest or the cheapest, but it needs to look forward and not back. If I know there is a future (which has been confirmed, but no details revealed nor signs that it's being worked on atm) I don't mind waiting.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    >>> off the self x64 is out of the question, so until custom x86 becomes cheaper
    >>> than custom PPC, let's stay with the PPC

    >> Why must it be custom x86(-64) instead of off-the-shelf x86(-64)?

    > Normal off the self x86 motherboards have production lifecycle of three months or so.
    > [...] Industrial x86 boards have longer availability with higher price etc...

    It's still cheaper to use industrial off-the-shelf x86 boards than custom x86 boards.

    >> And if we're talking about custom boards, then why shouldn't x86(-64) be cheaper
    >> than PPC

    > Only recently there has been x86 SoC chips with PCIex4 etc, so the board design
    > would most likely require more components.

    Why more components? Intel offers multicore x86(-64) SoCs with 8 PCIe lanes, USB, SATA and GbE for 60 USD. That's about the same feature set as PPC SoCs (ignoring PPC's DIU, which isn't suited for real desktop use anyway). And Intel also offers multicore x86(-64) SoCs with 4 PCIe lanes, USB, SATA and 3D GPU for mere 30 USD. Here you'd only need a cheap separate Ethernet chip. Audio would be needed separately with all those solutions, including PPC SoCs.
    From AMD you can get multicore x86(-64) SoCs with 8 PCIe lanes, USB, SATA, GbE (using one PCIe lane), HD audio and 3D GPU for 70 USD. That's really all-in-one.

    > from what I have found, usable x86 is not any cheaper than a usable PPC.

    Well, 30 USD for an Intel x86 SoC with 3D GPU (only lacking Ethernet compared to PPC) or 70 USD for an AMD x86 SoC with really everything needed. I think this would come out cheaper than PPC.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    >>> I would rather see a 32 bit Amiga compatible PPC Mac plus a NG MorphOS 64 bit
    >>> non-PPC machine worked on simultaneously. With the G5 you could even have
    >>> both on the same machine as a stop gap measure.

    >> A non-PPC OS on the G5? ;-)

    > G5 is 64 bit, right?

    Yes, and PPC :-)

    > So before a possible move we could base the Next Gen MorphOS on that.

    Yes, a 64-bit SMP OS would be doable on the G5, of course.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    *double post*
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    > Is G4 64 bit?

    No, G4 is 32-bit (with a 36-bit address bus).
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    Yasu
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    @Andreas_Wolf

    I thought so. So what do you mean by:

    Quote:

    Yes, and PPC :-)
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    > what do you mean by:
    > Quote:

    Yes, and PPC :-)


    I mean that the G5 is not only a 64-bit CPU but also a PPC CPU :-)
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    64-bit and PPC, just like the PA6T, the P5020, the P5040, and the T1042.

    So we have what we need without an ISA change.
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    Yasu
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    @Andreas_Wolf

    Ah, we are speaking of two different things then. But I understand the misunderstanding. I meant that IF MorphOS will be shifting to another CPU, then you can first work on a 64 bit version on the G5 since it's already supported.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Addendum:

    >> "IIRC, Ben Hermanns is no longer a partner of A-Eon, since they
    >> reformed in the UK and closed the Belgium based company."
    >> http://amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=35093&forum=32#651254

    > And indeed, A-Eon's October 1st [2011] press release has been the last one where
    > the company calls itself a CVBA. Starting with the one from October 12th [2011],
    > all 8 subsequent press releases have missed the "CVBA" bit. So [...] Ben
    > Hermans' involvement in A-Eon ceased somewhen between October 1st and
    > October 12th [2011]

    AmigaKit now claims this happened already one year earlier:

    "Later on in late 2010, our role changed and we had to help get the project back on track."
    http://www.amigakit.com/catalog/news.php?news_id=181#newsid181
    http://www.amiga.org/forums/showpost.php?p=767411
    http://amigaworld.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=7129
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    @Andreas_Wolf

    somewhat stronger statement from March of this year

    It's worth noting that he's stating for the record that Trevor was only a silent partner and not managing the company.

    It's also worth noting that he's stating neither Amigakit nor Trevor were to blame due their roles at the time.

    #6



    [ Edited by number6 28.06.2014 - 09:40 ]
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    @Andreas_Wolf

    Understood. Wording makes this difficult. You could argue the following offers yet another date:

    same thread as referred above

    Quote:

    I have read with interest the comments in the past year since I have been involved in the A-EON project:


    That can mean he's been involved only in the last year OR he's only read comments with interest in the past year.

    "involved" is a vague term regardless.

    I don't think the specific info you are looking for is stated concisely anywhere.

    #6
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  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    Quote:

    Andreas_Wolf wrote:
    >> AmigaKit now claims this happened already one year earlier: [...]

    > somewhat stronger statement from March of this year

    Unfortunately, nothing there about the late 2010 vs. late 2011 discrepancy I was getting at.


    It's possible that Trevor brought Amigakit onboard in a consulting role late 2010 to help get the X1000 development back on track under A-Eon CVBA, with the change to A-Eon Technology Ltd (and hence change in ownership & management) taking place in the October 2011 period.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    > You could argue the following offers yet another date: [...]
    > Quote:

    I have read with interest the comments in the past year since I have been involved in the A-EON project:


    I take this to be a mere typo, missing plural 's'. '2010' instead of '2011' could be a typo as well, of course.
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