The RISC OS London Show 2015 saw visitors taking in a sneak peak of a upcoming dual core Cortex-A15 board running RISC OS 5 – the Titanium.
Manufactured by Elesar, the board is based around the Texas Instruments AM5728 and will be available for purchase with RISC OS 5.23 preprogrammed into the on board boot flash.
Each board will come with a printed copy of a Quick Start Guide, a CR2032 coin cell, RISC OS licence card, and 3 support tokens which can be used to ask technical support questions.
The most interesting bit of news to come from this is that Elesar have confirmed that, although they only provide the naked circuit boards, the two main hardware players in the RISC OS market – R-Comp Interactive and CJE Micro’s – are already working on complete computer systems based on the Titanium.
This means we are already looking at a new wave of upcoming native RISC OS computers, we’ve only just had the ARMX6 and the recently released Rapido! What a difference compared to the rate of hardware development we were seeing ten years ago.
A statement from RISC OS Open on the new board reads: “The ultra low power design, especially when coupled with an SSD, makes selection of a suitable power supply a challenge – your RISC OS retailer will of course provide a matched set along with suitably qualified peripherals.”
As RISC OS is currently unable to support dual cores, the second of the A15’s currently on the Titanium will sit idle under RISC OS. There are also two dedicated digital signal processors (DSPs) and two dual core Cortex-M4’s that could be factored into upcoming RISC OS development – interested programmers should contact RISC OS Open with any ideas or to volunteer yourself up for some coding to incorporate the above features into future versions of RISC OS.
The boards boasts dual DVI video heads, dual gigabit Ethernet, DDR3 memory, stereo audio, two serial ports, plus 6 USB ports at the rear panel and 2 more USB ports on the front panel (when housed in a conventional PC case).
Internally four high speed SATA ports connect any combination of ATAPI optical drive (DVD–ROM or CD-ROM), hard disc or solid state disc. These are tied together by a ground-up rewrite of ADFS by Piccolo Systems in the more portable C programming language. The new version of ADFS is implimented as of version 5.23 of RISC OS.
Booting from dedicated flash memory keeps the OS ROM secure and leaves the micro SD card socket free for users. The critical OS configuration settings are retained in dedicated CMOS memory, along side the battery backed real time clock.
Pricing is currently to be confirmed, it is currently not known whether these boards will only be available to purchase in bulk.
Full technical specifications of the Titanium board can be found here.
Interesting news, which provides another option for those looking for a do-it-yourself RISC OS solution as well for RISC OS retailers like R-Comp and CJE who will undoubtedly be announcing upcoming machines based on the Titanium in the coming months.