Category Archives: Amiga Hardware

phase5 born again!

In case you haven’t heard, the bankrupt company phase5 – a premier Amiga Accelerator and hardware add-on maker from the 1990’s –  is coming back under new ownership/management.

phase5 was famous for making great quality (really, the best) hardware add ons including 68060 accelerators, combo ppc/68k cards, scsi add ons, graphic cards such as the CyberVision PPC, etc…they even had ambitious plans for a full PPC computer.   This is potentially great news for Amiga users who remember those amazing times in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when phase5 was at it’s peak.

Check out all the info on their facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/phase5digital/

New A4000T 68060 accelerator discovered!

Enterprising user jack3D has discovered a new 68060 accelerator buried inside an ultrasound machine!  It actually is attached to a real A4000T motherboard.  Check it out at his website:

http://jack.untergrund.net/2016/12/07/tekmagic-4060t-aka-ultrasound-accelerator-en/

Quikpak 68060 Information

Note: much of the text on this page is in the “past tense”, so it will remain that way for historical significance.

 quikpak4060_2_sm1This is a support page for all those owners of Amiga 4000Ts with Quikpak 68060 accelerators installed. Since purchasing my board I have had some problems and questions. Others out there may be in the same boat. If you are, I hope this page will be able to answer some of your questions. For those of you who do not own the 68060 accelerator, you may find this page useful as well. Through some investigation I have found out that the 68060.library was licensed from Ralph Babel, and the 68060 board design from Jeff Boyer (Boyer Inc.) Some of you may know Ralph Babel’s name from his work on several Amiga Books and also the GURU ROM for GVP scsi controllers. I am not sure of the exact relationship of the license, but it seems that only the 68060.library and 68040.library stub were licensed. The CPU060 command is not Ralph’s work. Also, Quikpak (or perhaps Jeff Boyer) did not license Ralph’s new math library, that would work in similar fashion to phase 5’s CyberPatcher utility. I would encourage all of you our there to E-mail Quikpak and ask if they will license Ralph’s math library for their 68060 products. Also please contact me if you have any further information about the Quikpak 68060 card. Please keep checking back to this page in the never several weeks and days. I will add performance benchmarks and other information.

Please note that this page has no affiliation with Quikpak, phase 5, Boyer Inc, or any contract developers that may work for those companies.

Software Support

Here is what I have determined to be the latest version of the support software for the Quikpak 68060 accelerator:

Software/Disk Current Version download
Install Disk version 1.0 (DMS Format) and Lha Format
68060.library 2.2 (July 26, 1996) – included in Install Disk
Manual, XP version
Manual, Tower version
060 XP Version Manual ZIP format

Quikpak 060 Tower version Manual

Recently it has come to my attention that a different version of the 68060.library has been shipping with the Quikpak A4060T systems.  This version is the one from Coenobium Developments.  It is unknown why the change was made (perhaps it was a mistake?).  So far attempts to contact Quikpak have failed, but we will try to get to the bottom of the situation…

New: Installation disks for other 68060 cards can be downloaded from Gregory Donnor’s page.

Hardware Support

The Quikpak 4000T 68060 accelerator runs at 56.75Mhz and will support EDO ram. If you can get your hands on EDO ram I would recommend it. I have tested the board with and without EDO ram installed. EDO ram gives an astonishing 15 to 18% speed increase in memory access. With EDO ram installed the board is close to 2x as fast as phase 5’s Cyberstorm MK-II 68060 card!

Desktop Version

Quikpak also offers version of their 060 card that fits in an Amiga 4000 Desktop, although this card was also sold with the Amiga 4000T that Quikpak produced. The desktop model sports a UW SCSI controller as optional equipment!  Here are some photos of the Desktop board:

Known Issues

Problem Description Solution/Comments
When using Shapeshifter and the serial port with TCP/IP the hard disk locks up and the light stays on freezing the machine. Make sure your SCSI devices are properly connected and terminated. If the problem still persists, try turning off scsi fast bus or synchronous mode. If that does not solve the problem it may be a 68060 related problem or timing/DMA issues.Partial Solution: Run Shapeshifter off the IDE controller of the A4000T. There seems to be some problem with the SCSI controller. I am still getting some lockups on ShapeShifter. It seems that I can not find a 100% stable solution.
Prepareemul does not work Use the prepareemul A1200 switch
Rendering is slower on my 68060 than on my friend’s phase 5 accelerator Non-phase 5 68060 cards do not include a Cyberpatcher utility. This fpu patching is required because some instructions are missing from the 68060’s fpu. Oyxron, a demo/coding group, is releasing a commercial product named OYXpatcher that will work on all 68060 cards. For more information go to their page by clicking here.
The V-lab Y/C framegrabber card (from Macrosystems) when used with the QuikPak 060 board does not always grab a complete video frame, instead only grabs one field and keeps previous 2nd field in its buffer, thereby interleaving two different images. Curiously, when we switch back to the original 68040.library (thus slowing the machine way down), we don’t have a problem with V-lab. For more information contact Bob Richardson. No solution yet.
Some Fujitsu hard drives do not seem to work with the A4000T. (Note: this is probably a general A4000T problem) I have tested both  1.0 and 1.3 gig Fujitsu hard disks on the A4000T.  Both were not recognized properly (or not at all) by the Amiga.  Keep this in mind when shopping for an IDE drive for your A4000T.
FUSION is generally unstable and does not work (freezes after awhile) when dialing out to an internet connection. This general problem with Mac Emulation and the Quikpak 060 hardware is still unresolved.  We are attempting to find a solution.

Performance

Machine configuration:

Amiga Technologies A4000T
Quikpak 68060 card installed
32 meg EDO 60ns local 060 ram
18 meg of motherboard ram (60ns Fast Page Mode)
Picasso 4 Graphics Card with Picasso 96 1.13
1.06 gig seagate medalist hard disk

BusSpeedTest 0.19 (mlelstv) Buffer: 262144 Bytes, Alignment: 32768 (bustest fast rom)

Memtype Cycle Bandwidth
fast readw 44.8 ns 44.6 meg/sec
fast readl 71.1ns 56.6 meg/sec
fast readm 73.1ns 54.7 meg/sec
fast writew 44.8ns 44.7 meg/sec
fast writel 89.8ns 44.6 meg/sec
fast writem 89.0ns 45.0 meg/sec
rom readw 44.8ns 44.7 meg/sec
rom readl 69.9ns 57.2 meg/sec
rom readm 73.0ns 54.8 meg/sec

Memspeed Benchmarks (Memspeed Copyright 1996 Frank Wille)

Ram type: 60ns Fast Page Mode (FPM) vs. 60ns EDO Ram (EDO)

Type FPM Read EDO Read % Change
Chip Ram 4617 kB/s 4617 kB/s 0.0%
Fast Ram 46492 kB/s 54545 kB/s +17.3%
Rom 46586 kB/s 54545 kB/s +17.1%
Type FPM Write EDO Write % Change
Chip Ram 6969 kB/s 6968 kB/s -0.01%
Fast Ram 38927 kB/s 44055 kB/s +13.2%
Type FPM Copy EDO Copy % Change
Chip Ram 2777 kB/s 2777 kB/s 0.0%
Fast Ram 22470 kB/s 26716 kB/s +18.9%

As you can see from the table above, the EDO ram has a significant impact on both the read and write speeds of Fast ram, with an upto 18.9% performance boost over FPM (fast page mode) ram.

Elbox: Two new Mediators

elbox

As posted to the Elbox mailing list:
We are pleased to inform about new versions of the Mediator 1200 TX and Mediator 4000 Di models:

Mediator PCI 1200 TXblack
and
Mediator PCI 4000 Di 3V.

New version of Mediator 1200 TX has the additional logic for signalizing the power management states. The red LED of theMediator PCI 1200 TXblack indicates when PCI cards cannot be removed or inserted. The solder mask of this Mediator is black.New Mediator 4000 Di is a busboard in format of the daughter board for Amiga 4000 in the desktop case. It is equipped with four PCI 2.2 slots and four Zorro III/II slots (one of them used by the Mediator 4000 Core Logic card). Mediator 4000 Di 3V allows to use the wider range of the PCI cards, including cards which require 3.3V power rail. The solder mask of Mediator PCI 4000 Di 3V is also black.

Availability: from 21 December 2015.

Best regards,
Elbox Computer Team

 

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition – new features specific to Classic Amigas

There are a few new features in AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition that have been previously unannounced.  I will publish them here as soon as I get permission to do so 🙂

 

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition now shipping to Dealers

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition, including the version for Classic Amigas with PowerPC accelerators, is now shipping to dealers and should be available to end users very soon.  See the Press Release below 🙂

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition now shipping!

Brussels, December 18, 2014

Hyperion Entertainment is thrilled to announce shipment of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition to dealers has been started. This means that the first customers will get their own copy of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition right before christmas, just in time to put it underneath the christmas tree.

Since the initial release of AmigaOS 4.1 more than six years ago, functionality and user experience have been steadily improved by six free major updates and over 88 free smaller ones through AmiUpdate. AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition defines the new baseline by consolidating all previous updates, bringing new long awaited features and stability improvements and last but not least enabling the user to make a clean installation in one go. Additionally it comes professionally produced as full version on physical media in a nice DVD box, together with a booklet containing installation instruction as well as a little extra for only EUR 29.95 suggested retail price (incl. VAT, may very on your location).

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition is currently available for:

  • AmigaOne XE, SE and MicroA1
  • AmigaOne X1000
  • AmigaOne 500/Sam460
  • Sam440
  • Pegasos 2
  • Amiga 1200/3000/4000
Customers can find a list of possible dealers at http://www.amigaos.net/content/4/where-buy.
Interested dealers can register themselves and order AmigaOS by writing to  orders@hyperion-entertainment.biz .
Hyperion Entertainment and the whole team behind AmigaOS wish a merry christmas, happy new year and lots of fun with AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition!

Source: http://www.hyperion-entertainment.biz/

New Amiga 3000, 4000 68k and PPC cpu card!

Gideon Zweijtzer and Rutger Bevaart have announced they are working to develop a new 68040 and PPC CPU card for the Amiga 3000(T) and Amiga 4000(T) computers.   The board will be named “Ultimate PPC”.  They already have a development board built!

It will feature the following specifications:

  • 33MHz 68040 CPU
  • 1.0GHz Freescale PowerPC CPU
  • 128MB of DDR3 memory for the 68040
  • An additional 2GB of DDR3 memory on an SO-DIMM
  • USB2 host controller with integrated 4 port hub
  • SATA2 controller with two SATA ports
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet controller
  • Embedded 2D video with DVI connector

Further information, photos, and a FAQ is available on their website at http://ultimateppc.nl/index.php.

They hope to gain support of AmigaOS 4.1 Classic and MorphOS for their new hardware, but that will require support from Hyperion and the MorphOS teams respectively.

I would urge users interested in this card to contact Hyperion and/or the MorphOS team to let it be known that you would purchase an operating system license for the Ultimate PPC hardware.

New Indivision MK2 flicker fixer for the A4000/CD32

Indivision MK2 A4000/CD32

Indivision MK2 A4000/CD32

Indivision AGA Mk2 A4000/CD32

Flicker Fixer for Amiga 4000 and CD32

The Indivision AGA Mk2 A4000/CD32 is the successor to the discontinued Indivision AGA A4000/CD32 flicker fixer. It can be used with the Amiga 4000 (desktop version, there’s the Indivision AGA Mk2 A1200/4000T for use with the A4000T) and the CD32, other Amiga models are not supported.

DVI-I Connector:
The Indivision AGA Mk2 sports a DVI-I connector instead of the usual VGA socket. DVI-I provides digital as well as analog signals, so you can use modern TFT displays, older TFT displays with analog input or CRT monitors alike (the latter two with a VGA adapter).

Performance and Compatibility:
The output pixel clock can go up to 135 MHz (the former Indivision AGA only allowed up to 71 MHz), the data rate reaches more than 480 MBytes/s peak performance (used to be 330 MBytes/s peak); 50 Hz modes (e.g. PAL) can be promoted to 60+ Hz and thus be displayed on modern monitors; 16 MBytes framebuffer, entirely addressable (used to be 12 MBytes previously); supports S-Hires (*) and full 24-bit colour depth; unlike other internal flicker fixers, the Indivision AGA Mk2 supports the BorderBlank flag.

On Screen Display:
A subtle semitransparent OSD replaces the splash screen of the predecessor model.

Perfect Fit:
The Indivision AGA Mk2 is plugged over the Lisa chip, no other connection to the motherboard is required (unlike other internal flicker fixers that also require a connection to Alice). Due to a much enhanced 84-pin PLCC socket being used, the Indivision fits like a glove and won’t come off easily.

Energy Efficient:
Modern FPGA technology and low power consumption (1.2V core voltage) make sure to save energy and avoid heat problems.

Reconfigurable Logic:
Hardware updates can (*) be downloaded from the Internet. Even timing corrections are possible, allowing the Indivision AGA Mk2 to adapt even to the strangest chipset combinations (e.g. Lisa chips made by NCR).

(*) Important Note: The first batch of Indivision AGA Mk2 is shipped without a configuration program, and the current version of the flash program shipped with the device is rather an expert tool than an example of user friendliness. Furthermore, the Indivision AGA Mk2 can currently only display PAL and NTSC modes accurately, support for other screen modes is still being worked on. You should only buy the Indivision AGA Mk2 if you are an experienced user and if you can download updates from the Internet and transfer them to your Amiga.

Item currently not available, ETA April 30, 2012.  It will be available from Vesalia here:

http://www.vesalia.de/e_indivisionagamk2a4000.htm
EUR 199.90 incl. 19% German VAT (EUR 167.98 excl. VAT for non-EU customers)

Algor USB added to AmigaOS 4.1 Classic compatibility list

The Algor USB controller has been added to the AmigaOS 4.1 Classic hardware compatibility list.  Thanks to Jürgen for the report!

AmigaONE X1000 now shipping with AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5!

According to several posts, both by A-EON and Hyperion, the AmigaONE X1000 systems have begun shipment to end users.

Press release below.

Wellington, 25th January 2012

AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 CD for the AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” system has gone GOLD!

A-EON Technology and Hyperion Entertainment are pleased to announce that the AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 CD, exclusively created for the AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” system has gone gold. The professionally re-mastered CD will be supplied in a printed boxed set along with copies of the AmigaONE X1000 and AmigaOS 4.1 “Quick Start” guides. Steven Solie, Hyperion Entertainment’s AmigaOS Development Team Lead said, “The team worked hard to reach this important milestone in the development of the Amiga Operating System. With AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 completed for the AmigaONE X1000 we can concentrate on versions for all the other supported hardware platforms as we continue to push towards the future release of AmigaOS 4.2.” Trevor Dickinson added, “I would like to thank the AmigaOS developers and the whole AmigaONE X1000 betatest team who have worked so tirelessly behinds the scenes to make this a reality. I would also like to give special thanks to a few key members of the team who went above and beyond the “call of duty” to ensure the success of this project. You know who you are.” The AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 boxed set will be supplied to all AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” customers who will also receive a free update to AmigaOS 4.2 when it is commercially released by Hyperion Entertainment.

 AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” systems now shipping

A-EON Technology and AmigaKit are pleased to announced that the deliveries of AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” systems have commenced. Matthew Leaman, Managing Director of AmigaKit commented, “we are pleased to finally supply this eagerly awaited AmigaONE computer system to our customers”. Trevor Dickinson added, “I have just received my own AmigaONE X1000 system and I hope “First Contact” owners will have as much fun as I’m having with my new “Amiga”. All that remains to be said is let’s “keep this part going!”

A-EON Technology

About AmigaKit:  AmigaKit is a trading division of Leaman Computing Ltd based in Cardiff, UK. It acquired the stock of Eyetech Group Ltd in 2006 and quickly established itself as a world-wide market leader in the retail and distribution of Amiga hardware and software. A-EON Technology appointed AmigaKit as its primary distributor for all its AmigaONE products.

About A-EON Technology and the AmigaONE X1000:  A-EON Technology is the developer of the AmigaONE X1000 computer system designed by Varisys Ltd for running the AmigaOS. The AmigaOne X1000 is not like other computers. It is a culmination of efforts by real Amiga enthusiasts and developers to create powerful, modern desktop hardware for the Amiga Operating System. It is the natural evolution of the Amiga’s PowerPC lineage and is based on the PA-Semi Dual-core PA6T-1682M CPU and includes Xena, a “Software Defined Silicon” co-processor. Above all it runs the latest version of the AmigaOS.

About Hyperion Entertainment:   Hyperion Entertainment is the developer of the AmigaOS.

AmigaKit website: http://www.amigakit.com/ A-EON Technology website: http://www-a-eon.com Hyperion Entertainment website: http://hyperion-entertainment.biz/

Hyperion Entertainment blog: http://blog.hyperion-entertainment.biz/?p=469

Hyperion Entertainment forum: forum.hyperion-entertainment.biz/ Varisys Ltd website: http://www.varisys.co.uk/