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Re: Supported Hardware ?

On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 03:51:01PM +0200, Christian Zigotzky wrote:
> A-EON Technology has released some new PowerPC computers. Debian PPC works
> in these computers.
> AmigaOne X5000 (Freescale P5020 CPU 2GHz, 64-bit e5500 dual-core PowerPC
> SoC)
> Links:
> http://www.amigaos.net/hardware/133/amigaone-x5000
> http://a-eon.biz/18-10-2013-1.pdf
> http://a-eon.biz/18-10-2013-3.pdf
> https://www.facebook.com/AEonTechnologyLtd/photos/a.461608890516168.110788.447768335233557/1359104280766620/?type=3&theater
> http://wiki.amiga.org/index.php?title=AmigaONE_X5000
> AmigaOne X1000 (P.A. Semi PA6T-1682M CPU 1.8GHz, 64-bit dual-core PowerPC
> SoC)
> Links:
> http://www.amigaos.net/hardware/35/amigaone-x1000
> http://www.a-eon.com/?page=x1000
> http://a-eon.biz/18-10-2013-5.pdf
> http://www.supertuxkart-amiga.de/amiga/x1000.html
> http://forum.hyperion-entertainment.biz/viewforum.php?f=35
> In development:
> AmigaOne X5000 (Freescale P5040 CPU 2.2GHz, 64-bit e5500 quad-core PowerPC
> SoC)
> AmigaOne A1222 (Freescale P1022 CPU 1.2GHz, 32-bit, e500v2, dual-core
> PowerPC SoC)

That one would be powerpcspe, not powerpc, unless I have misunderstood
the e500v2.  e300, e500mc, e5500 and e6500 are all normal sane powerpc
designs, while e500v1 and e500v2 are the SPE chips that don't have normal
powerpc FPUs.

Whyever would they be playing with that chip?  I would expect them to
hit software compatibility problems.

I suppose since AmigaOS never really did worry about FPU (most Amigas
never had one), a powerpc build that doesn't use the FPU much would
run on either, and they could even use math libraries (which I seem to
recall AmigaOS always did anyhow) to hide the difference in architecture
of the hardware.

The only way I see they could be running Debian on that board, is with
a custom built kernel with MATH_EMULATION enabled.  That might be what
they have done.  I do see one of the blog pages running powerpcspe on
it instead, which makes more sense.

But at least you can run powerpc on the X1000 and X5000, even if the
A1222 can without a custom kernel and a performance hit on FPU code.

Too bad in the past at least they cost way more than I was willing to pay.

> Links:
> http://a-eon.biz/news/News_Release_A1222.pdf
> http://blog.a-eon.biz/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/X500_case.jpg
> http://blog.a-eon.biz/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/X500_case2.jpg
> http://blog.a-eon.biz/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Tabor_Booting.jpg
> http://amigax1000.blogspot.de/2016/01/my-a1222-has-arrived.html
> http://amigax1000.blogspot.de/2016/01/debian-linux-on-amigaone-a1222.html
> http://amigax1000.blogspot.de/2016/02/new-case-for-amigaone-a1222.html
> http://amigax1000.blogspot.de/2016/02/classic-amiga-emulation-on-amigaone.html
> http://amigax1000.blogspot.de/2016/07/amigaone-a1222-debian-9-build.html
> AmigaOne Linux PPC screenshots and some information:
> https://plus.google.com/u/0/115515624056477014971
> We are a very active Linux PPC community with some new PowerPC computers.
> ;-)

Len Sorensen

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