In my previous post on this blog, I wrote about the top-secret announcement from ACube Systems. Today it’s the 19th of September and the secret has been revealed!
Please read on for the official press release:
Mon, 19 Sep 2011
FILE N. 1: A new AmigaOne for all Amiga users
Bassano del Grappa (Italy) – 19 September 2011.
ACube Systems is honoured to present the first AmigaOne since 2005: the AmigaOne 500.
This is a complete system like the Amiga 500 was, a computer you can use right out of the box.
The AmigaOne 500 brings modern features to AmigaOS: DDR2 memory, USB2, PCI Express, SATA2, Gigabit ethernet…
The AmigaOne 500, based on our Sam460 board has the following features:
- CPU at 1.15 GHz
- 2 GB DDR2 RAM
- 500 GB HD
- DVD RW
- PCI SATA 3512 controller
- AmigaOne Mouse
- Stickers for keyboard customization
Availability: 26th september
For more info www.acube-systems.biz/
As you can see from the press release, the secret was the AmigaOne 500 machine. This computer is based on the SAM460 motherboard and it comes in this case:
Seems like Mr. Holwerda from Amigaworld.net was spot-on with his guess. He wrote the following: “This doesn’t seem like much of a mystery to me. With the X1000 around the corner, it only makes sense to introduce a SAM-powered AmigaOne named X500 – and who better to build and assemble it than ACube.”
Congratulations on nailing it, Mr. Holwerda! Well done. 🙂
It’s worth mentioning that both Coder from The Bucket Diary and yours truly were hoping for a low-cost, entry-level alternative to the currently available AmigaOS 4 compatible hardware and the upcoming AmigaOne X1000. We must therefore ask the question of how much this new AmigaOne 500 will cost? According to ACube Systems, the computer will set you back 878 EUR or 1062 EUR including VAT. Although it is cheaper than the AmigaOne X1000, we’re talking about a lot of money here. I had hoped for some hardware that would be cheaper than this, which in turn could bring more users to the AmigaOS platform. Still, I must say that it is a cool product featuring the best AmigaOS 4 compatible motherboard available on the market today.
Another aspect of this announcement is that there’s now an official line-up of AmigaOne computers coming from A-EON Technology and ACube Systems. Maybe there’ll be more hardware of various forms in this series in the near future? If you read the press release carefully, you’ll see that the headline starts with “File N. 1”..
So, what do you think? What are your thoughts on today’s announcement from ACube Systems? Are you planning to buy the new AmigaOne 500?