I think this is my first post to this forum site. I just received notice that my "First Contact" X1000 is ready for shipping to me, in an email from AmigaKit earlier today, so I am excited that I will finally be getting my first OS4 compatible computer when it arrives. (Just have to send in the balance of the money for it after I sell one of my kidney's ;-) ) I was wondering about possibilities for the future of OS4 running existing Amiga 68k coded programs and games that depend on the original custom chipset hardware. We have seen the success and increasing performance of several different FPGA based computer systems in their ability to run most, if not all Amiga software from the past, so it is a well proven method for providing backward compatibility. I know that the X1000's powerful PA6T CPU should be able to provide an acceptable performance at running E-UAE, but my question is this; is it possible, or even desirable to explore the possibility of creating a MiniMig on a PCI card to provide seamless integration of OCS, ECS & AGA compatibility from OS4 without the need of Petunia emulation/translation? Or, is it just better to stick with what we already have and continue to improve Petunia and Run-In-UAE with E-UAE? I know that the ultimate goal is to have better and more native PPC OS4 applications and games, but many of us old time Amiga users will also always want to be able to run many of the old Amiga 68k OCS, ECS & AGA programs and games, for nostalgic reasons. Another thing I would love to see would be an adapter and supporting drivers and code that would allow me to install my Video Toaster & Flyer cards into my X1000, but that is highly unlikely and a new HD video editing suite for OS4 would be a better solution. Still, giving any NG Amiga more options to completely replace all features that the original Amiga's gave us is a good thing in my eyes, as long as providing that backward compatibility does not hinder progress, or new features in OS4. Not many people still use their old analog video camcorders like I do. I'll just have to keep my A4000 beside my new X1000 (can't wait for the X1000 to arrive).
Fri, 2012-01-27 07:56#1
Run-In-UAE, or FPGA on PCI card?