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The heart of the A/BOX is the system controller: CAIPIRINHA. The
corner-stones of the CAIPIRINA design is:
- 128-bit high performance UMA (Unified Memory Architecture)
controller, using fast 100MHz SDRAMs (max 1.6 GB/s)
- 64-bit processor bus with a maximum clock rate of 100 MHz
- Two 24-bit video DMA units with freely addressable access, with
integrated 24/-bit video DAC's
- Four 16-bit audio outputs, 44.1 KHz with any number of virtual
tracks, sample output, FM and AM synthesis
- Video-in ports for 2 independent video inputs in Y/UV 4:2:2
- Audio inputs in 16-bit stero CD quality
- LCD (TFT) controller according to the VESA standard (As
standard can drive LCD screens like laptops pointing towards a
portable A\Box being constructed with ease. Also handy for the
desktop front-panel LCD on the A\Box.
- A PCI-bus interface for medium-performance I/O
- A local 16-bit DMA bus with 66.7 MHz and a max bandwidth of 132
MB/s for universal low-cost applications
- An integrated IEEE 1394 firewire controller for digital I/O
application. This is a new extremely high speed interface standard
accepting up to 64 devices, long cable lengths and up to 200
megabits/s transfer rate. Especially useful for digital video
cameras and future devices.
- A desktop bus interface
The A\BOX was based upon the PowerPC, with support for multiple
processors if the user required.
Graphical hardware support:
- 120 MHz 603-e PowerPC
- 150 MHz 603-e PowerPC
- 166 MHz 603-e PowerPC
- 150 MHz 604-e PowerPC
- Hardware support for multimedia(MPEG)
- Hardware support for 3D functions
- 1600x1200 pixels at 24-bit color depth at a refresh rate of
- Smooth scroll virual screens limited only by memory
- Hardware implementation for image and video effects
- Two video output. One high-performance 220 MHz video output
(1600x1280) and one 135 MHz Genlock-capable 24 bit video output
(PAL/NTSC or S-VHS). Both video outputs can be used in parallel and
the 135 MHz video output can be superimposed as a window in the 220
- 2 independent video input porst in Y/UV 4:2:2 quality
- Four 16-bits audio outputs, 44.1KHz (unlimited number of
tracks), sample output, FM and AM synthesis.
- Audio inputs in 16-bit stereo 44.1KHz.
- Real-time generation and mixing of various audio tracks in any
random format without making demands on the processor.
- Support for various sound effects.
- All usual interfaces
- Quad-speed CD ROM
- Fast SCSI-II controller
- Network interface
- ISDN interface
- Support from developers: Softwood, Personal Paint(Cloanto
Software), Wordworth and others(Digita), Dir Opus and GPFax(GP
Software), StormC(Haage und Partner), Turboprint Pro and
Picturemanager Pro(Irseesoft), Amiwin and Miami(Holger Kruse),
MaxonCinema4d(Maxon Computer), ImageFX and Alladin 4D(Nova Design),
REFLECTIONS(Oberland Computer), CockTel, Monument V3 Pro, Adorage,
p-OS(ProDAD) and ScanQUIX(RBM Computertechnik).
- 500 software developers have registered for the phase 5 PowerUp
Developer Support Programme
- Completely new operating system written in Native PowerPC code,
but with binary compatibility with Amiga-OS 3.x.
- PowerPC CyberGraphX version
- CyberGraph 3D software interface
- Multimedia software interface
- Optimaisation of the system's performance
- Revision and adaptation of the user interface
- Possibilities for other operative systems or emulations (MacOS
or X-Windows link-up).
A system as described above
120 MHz 603e PowerPC
Around 3,000 DM (1,400 UK-Pound or 2,000 US$, respectively)
A system as described above
150 MHz 604e PowerPC
16 MByte memory
1 GByte SCSI HardDisk
For around 4,000 DM (1,800 UK-Pound or 2,700 US$, respectively)
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