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In contrast to the Commodore-Amiga and Gateway-Amiga Inc. of
old, the new Amiga Inc. have firmly stated that they will remain a
software developer, allowing third parties to construct their own
AMIE-based system. To aid the development of this market Amiga Inc.
have produced broad guidelines on the specifications required by
AMIE for a specific market.
Amiga on the Zico specification:
|"In order to provide hardware companies with guidance to the
new Amiga Digital Environment, Amiga is creating a series of
specifications aimed at the varying markets inherent in the digital
device space. Companies who partner with Amiga produce products
that meet that minimum specification and undergo rigorous quality
and certification processes. Only then can their products be
released as official Amiga sanctioned product. This is our
guarantee to the customer.
The 'zico' specification is our first generation specification
aimed at the desktop and workstation markets. Any partner
implementing the zico specification and passing successfully
through our quality and certification processes is allowed to badge
and sell their product as an AmigaOne, the first wave of new Amiga
||Announced: October 21st, 2000
Developer: Amiga Inc.
The Zico specification provides a guideline for users and
developers when building an Amiga DE system (hosted on
another OS). PowerPC systems that conform to the Zico specification
will also be AmigaOS 4.x compatible.
The initial specifications were completed in July 2000 and
reviewed for three months to assess its viability.
The zico specification are as follows;
The list dictates the basic system that should be sold by third
parties. Even at the time of the announcement this spec was
considered to be at the low-end of the scale. Its intention is to
produce a software base that uses resources efficiently and allow
third parties to produce cheap consumer system that retail under
- One AmigaDE friendly host processor (PPC, x86, Arm, SH4,
- 64MB+ memory
- Next Generation Matrox graphics card
- Creative EMU10K1 based audio card
- 10 GB+ HD
- USB 1.0
- 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
- 56k modem
- Spare PCI slots for expandibility
A breakdown of the Zico
Amiga announce the AmigaOne
MeterNet Frequently Asked
||Announced: January 27th, 2001
Developer: Amiga Inc.
The PDA market has been a high priority for Amiga during 2001,
however, they have not made an official announcement on the
subject. Gary Peake provided some guidelines on the PDA
specifications on the AmiOpen mailing list:
QVGA (240*320 Pixel)
16 Bit Color
16 Bit Stereo (requires Amiga SDK 1.1)
GameBoy-style two button interface and directional device
Should use less than 2Mb RAM
Software can be written to this specification in the Amiga SDK
by creating a 16-bit 240*320 AVE window. This will provide a
replica of the PDA environment.
Last Update: 1/11/2001
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