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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: RISC OS 2002 show

RISC OS 2002 show

Posted by Paul Vigay on 00:00, 8/11/2002 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Seeing as I wasn't able to attend this show I'll just provide you with a few screenshots provided by Paul Vigay of RISCOS.org, and finish off with the revised specs for the Iyonix because let's face it, that's what most people went to see ;)
November 2002

Full 768x1024, 48KB
Medium 600x800, 31KB
Small 300x400, 12KB
November 2002

Medium 512x384, 28KB
Small 400x300, 19KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 126KB
Medium 800x600, 75KB
Small 400x300, 25KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 119KB
Medium 800x600, 70KB
Small 400x300, 23KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 105KB
Medium 800x600, 59KB
Small 400x300, 19KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 109KB
Medium 800x600, 62KB
Small 400x300, 19KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 114KB
Medium 800x600, 67KB
Small 400x300, 22KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 131KB
Medium 800x600, 78KB
Small 400x300, 25KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 115KB
Medium 800x600, 67KB
Small 400x300, 22KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 109KB
Medium 800x600, 60KB
Small 400x300, 19KB
November 2002

Full 1024x768, 167KB
Medium 800x600, 104KB
Small 400x300, 33KB

IYONIX Motherboard

  • All new design
  • ARM (80321) XScale processor - 600MHz
  • GeForce2 MX400 PCI video card
  • Up to 1GB DDR (Double Data Rate) memory (200MHz)
  • UDMA 100 Hard Drive
  • PCI expansion (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Hi-speed 32-bit EASI podule bus
  • Gigabit networking (10/100/1000 base T)
  • Technical Reference Manual (to be published)

Case (front)

  • MicroATX midi tower design
  • 2 x 5.25" drive bays
  • 3 x 3.5" drive bays (2 external)
  • Soft-on (computer controlled off)
  • 2 x USB ports
  • Recessed reset button
  • HD and Power LED on front

Case (rear)

  • 250 watt PSU with silent mode
  • Power on/off (hard)
  • 4 x PCI Slots (2 x 32-bit, 2 x 64-bit)
  • 2 x Hi-speed 32-bit EASI podule slots
  • Networking
  • 2 x USB ports
  • 2 x serial ports
  • Mains in


  • 32-bit with video extraction
  • (video now from PCI graphics card)
  • Feature set based on RISC OS 4.02
  • PACE derived and copyright
  • Dedicated IYONIX version
  • Long filenames
  • Increased wimpslot - application space
  • ICA client
  • 16-bit font manager with Unicode support
  • USB printing
  • OS in Flash ROM, copied into RAM

32-bit software development

  • BASIC programs will work without any work needed
  • C/C++ programs work after recompiling
  • Assembler programs need simple re-engineering
  • 32-bit software will run on RISC OS 3, 4 & 5
  • Wide range of software already 32-bit:
  • E.g. Techwriter (Easiwriter), Fireworkz, Ovation Pro, Vantage, OHP, Oregano 2, Draw, Paint, Edit, PDF, AMPlayer, InterGIF, KINO, SparkFS etc.
  • Aemulator 26-bit emulator available from Spellings

Theoretical speed increases

 SA Risc PCIyonixBetter by
Processor 233MHz 600+MHz 2.6x
RAM 16MHz 200MHz 25.0x
Hard Drive 2MB/s 32MB/s 16.0x
Expansion bus 6MB/s 264MB/s 44.0x
Podule bus 1.5MHz 4MHz 2.7x
Resolution (16M) 800x600 1920x1440 5.8x
Screen draw 4.32 sec 0.99 sec 4.3x
Register at the IYONIX web site (www.iyonix.com) for a chance to win a brand new IYONIX PC.

Development suite

  • Updated C compiler (now many C99 features)
  • Licence to use tools and libraries for commercial products
  • Suitable for RISC OS 3, 4 & 5
  • Suitable for 26-bit and 32-bit versions of RISC OS
  • Major bug fixes
  • Extended compiler features
  • Produces faster run-time code

Development suite (software)

  • C/C++
  • Desktop tools
  • Assembler
  • User interface toolbox
  • !System
  • Licence to use and distribute 32-bit !System
  • ABC compiler (formerly from Pineapple)
  • SID and Armalyser disassemblers

Development suite (other useful material)

  • Zap development environment
  • StrongEd development environment
  • !PDF pdf document reader
  • Useful links page
  • Bug report form

Development suite (manuals)

  • PRM manuals 1-4 & 5a
  • Updated C/C++ manual (updated)
  • Updated Desktop Tools manual
  • Assembler manual
  • User interface manual
  • RISC OS style guide
  • ABC compiler release notes (manual later)
32-bit Development Suite available now at the special price of £99 (if ordered before 31st December 2002).
Information prepared by Mike Williams on behalf of Castle Technology Ltd. Contact akalat@kbnet.co.uk
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