AmigaOneG3-SE and AmigaOne-XE Earlybird Systems now on
November 2, 2002 - Eyetech
We're there at last. Since the last update to the AmigaOne section of
the Eyetech website last March we have had AmigaOne boards out with
developers, and as a result of their feedback, the original firmware which
we were to have shipped with the board (by Softex) has been replaced by
specially adopted PPCBoot code. That, and identifying and fixing a minor
problem with the Articia southbridge chip have resulted in us holding back
shipments of the consumer version of the AmigaOneG3-SE until now.
Meanwhile work has continued on the AmigaOne-XE - with the replaceable
cpu modules - and the price of G4 cpu's has fallen a bit, as we had all
hoped. That means the we are now able to take orders for both the 600MHz
G3-based AmigaOneG3-SE, and the 800MHz G4-based AmigaOne-XE, starting now,
and for delivery before Christmas. A 700MHz G3 (750FX cpu) version of the
AmigaOne-XE will be made available - at reduced cost - early in 2003.
But what about OS4 I hear you say - is that now ready? OS4 is now
highly advanced, but no, is not currently ready for shipping, largely
because Hyperion have had to divert a considerable amount of their time
and effort in sorting out the AmigaOne's PPCBoot firmware. In my view, OS4
for the AmigaOne will ship early in 2003. So - and in response to much
user and dealer demand - we are going to ship the AmigaOneG3-SE and -XL
(both boards and pre-built systems) with a LinuxPPC and UAE installation.
And - the best of all - those of you ordering an AmigaOne up to December
31st will be sent a free copy of OS4 as soon as it becomes available. That
alone represents a saving of around 10% on an AmigaOneG3-SE system
This of course will not suit everybody, and if you want a
switch-on-and-go AmigaOne system then this Earlybird offer is not for you.
In this case I'm afraid that you have a few more weeks to wait. However if
it does suit you then don't delay - the offer closes on 31st December 2003
or when OS4 becomes available, whichever comes first.
As for prices, these have been revised to reflect currency movements
since last March, particularly the weakness of the US dollar. Your local
dealer will have the local currency prices for the AmigaOne outside the UK
and Eurozone. However the suggested prices in Europe - in UKP and Euro's -
are as follows:
*These prices exclude local taxes, shipping and (apart from the
Earlybird offer) OS4.
As far as complete systems are concerned, your local dealer will be
able to provide quotations for standard and custom built configurations.
Sample prices and configurations for systems which we ourselves offer in
the UK are on the Eyetch