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ARMX6 Features

The ARMX6 computer is designed to be the next generation of RISC OS computer - a new baseline. It was created as a no-compromise successor to the Iyonix and previous generations, addressing all perceived Achilles' heals of previous machines (eg. disc I/O, boot time, graphics, networking etc). The ARMX6 is, if you will, our masterwork - winner of three RISC OS awards in 2014 alone.


* Quad core Cortex A9 processor (RISC OS only uses a single core, though) offering better clock-for-clock performance than ARMiniX
* Custom hardware to provide additional RISC OS-specific features and functionality
* 2048MB On-board Memory
* 6 External USB Sockets
* 4 Internal USB Sockets
* Built-in multi-format card reader (chassis permitting)
* HDMI Video Out, supporting high resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 60hz, and beyond
* Now also supports 4k screen resolution, and 2560x1440 @ 60hz
* Optional analogue VGA connection
* Supplied with a range of modes, suitable for most monitors
* High quality analogue stereo audio, plus HDMI digital audio
* 1000base (gigabit) networking via dedicated controller, not USB
* 120Gb solid state drive as standard, via dedicated modern SATA (Serial ATA) connection. Provides massive increase over ArminiX
* 250Gb option available, with room for additional disks/drives
* Optional on-board 64Gb/128Gb backup storage
* Built-in DVD drive (also handles CDs)
* Running a fully-licensed copy of RISC OS 5 (easily upgradable)
* Built-in recovery tools/system in case of emergencies
* Performance of around six times the speed of an Iyonix!

The ARMX6 computer also comes with an impressive software bundle, comprising both commercial and custom-written software. It includes on-going updates and upgrades, community, mailing list. It is priced all-in at £699 inc VAT until our backlog of pre-orders are fulfilled, but may rise thereafter.


As an example of the kind of performance gains we see on ARMX6, here are two examples drawn from independant 3rd party newsgroup/mailing list postings...


RiscOSM mapping software
TestARMX6Iyonix
Analyse5s30s
Loading1m00s7m12s
Drawing2m40s9m19s
Total3m45s17m01s

NetSurf Browser Cache
SystemRate K/s
Rpi7
ARM mini*33
Iyonix [1]300
a9500
vrpc570
ARMX62700
* (mis?)spelling as per original mailing list post.
[1] The Iyonix write rate seems highly variable and ranges between 90 and 400 K/s

An example of a user comment about ARMX6 - "Just a note to say how pleased I am with my new machine. Well done to all concerned." - Mr P.O.

Another comment from someone upgrading from an ARMini - "Everything continues to work well, the increase in speed being very noticeable." - Mr A.T.


TiMachine

Pronounced akin to Time-Machine, the TiMachine utilises Elesar's Titanium motherboard for ultra high performance RISC OS computing. Compared to the ARMX6 above, it offers a nice boost in CPU speed, but more limited graphics output (although it has the potential for dual monitor). The TiMachine combines the Titanium motherboard with RCI's quality workmanship, software and support, to form a powerhouse team. If you're thinking about the Titanium board, and want the best, most compatible experience, then you want a TiMachine.
* Dual core Cortex A15 processor (RISC OS only uses a single core, though) at 1.5Ghz
* Custom Titanium motherboard designed with RISC OS in mind
* 2050MB On-board Memory
* 6 Rear USB Sockets
* 2 Front USB Sockets (or card reader)
* DVI Video Out, supporting high resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 60hz (max 2048px)
* Second DVI for multi-monitor (under development)
* Supplied with a range of modes, suitable for most monitors
* Stereo audio out
* 1000base (gigabit) networking via dedicated controller
* 120Gb solid state drive as standard, via dedicated modern SATA (Serial ATA) connection.
* 250Gb option available, with room for additional disks/drives
* Optional on-board 64Gb/128Gb backup storage
* Built-in SATA DVD drive (also handles CDs)
* Running a fully-licensed copy of RISC OS 5 (easily upgradable)
* Built-in recovery tools/system in case of emergencies
* Performance of around eight times the speed of an Iyonix!

The TiMachine computer also comes with an impressive software bundle, comprising both commercial and custom-written software. It includes on-going updates and upgrades, community, mailing list. It is priced from £899 inc VAT, although we'd recommend the 949ukp edition with lovely case and additional backup drive.

ARMiniX Features (discontinued)

The ARMiniX computer expands on the foundations laid by ARMini to take a step further:

* Dual core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2Ghz - 1200Mhz (RISC OS only uses a single core, though), for up to 50% greater performance than ARMini
* Motherboard extensively modified to provide additional RISC OS-specific features and functionality
* 1024MB On-board Memory
* 4 External USB Sockets
* 4 Internal USB Sockets
* Built-in SD & MS Card Reader
* HDMI Video Out, supporting greater range of resolutions up to 1920x1200
* Supplied with a range of modes, suitable for most monitors
* 100base Networking
* 32Gb+ internal flash storage on separate bus, provides around 4x performance of ARMini
* 64Gb or even 128Gb options available, with room for solid state disc or hard drive
* Built-in DVD writer (also reads handles CDs)
* Running a fully-licensed copy of RISC OS 5 (easily upgradable)
* Performance of around three times the speed of an Iyonix!

The ARMiniX computer also comes with an impressive software bundle, comprising both commercial and custom-written software. Priced all-in at £599 inc VAT. The price difference compared to an ARMini is entirely due to the extra components included - dvd drive, more elaborate board, more storage and multiple custom hardware add-ons.


ARMin1 (ARM-in-One) Features

The ARMini1 computer integrates an ARM-powered RISC OS computer and a top quality, high definition ISP display into a single, multi-function computer with simple one-press control:

* 1920x1080 1080p high definition IPS display, with variety of screen sizes
* Integrated ARM-powered RISC OS system (roughly Iyonix level performance)
* Multiple inputs for other computers - HDMI for PC, ARMini family, RISCube etc, and VGA for Iyonix/RiscPC
* Monitor definition files available for other platforms if required.
* One-button-press control for easy on/off or switching.
* RISC OS always available at the press of a button!
* TV-capability if required
* 512MB On-board Memory
* 2 External USB Sockets
* 100base Networking
* 16Gb+ internal flash storage on separate bus
* Running a fully-licensed copy of RISC OS 5 (easily upgradable)

The ARMini1 computer also comes with an impressive software bundle, comprising both commercial and custom-written software. Priced from at £399 inc VAT, it represents a veritable bargain.


ARMini Features (discontinued)

The ARMini computer boasts a range of hi-spec features:

Image of ARMini computer * Dual issue Cortex A8 processor running at 1Ghz - 1000Mhz (scalable)
* 512MB On-board Memory
* 6 External USB Sockets
* 4 Internal USB Sockets
* Built-in SD & MS Card Reader
* HDMI and DVI Video Out, supporting resolutions up to 1920x1080 and even 1920x1200
* Supplied with a range of modes, suitable for most monitors
* 100base Networking
* Internal Flash Drive, provides storage with no moving parts for totally silent operation
* Running a fully-licensed copy of RISC OS 5.20 (easily upgradable)
* Performance of around twice the speed of an Iyonix!

The ARMini computer also comes with an impressive software bundle, comprising both commercial and custom-written software. Prices start at £499 inc VAT.


Software Scheme for Beagleboard, PandaBoard or Pi

Users who have chosen a "DIY" approach to owning a Beagleboard, PandaBoard or Raspberry Pi can now receive most of the software and support benefits that ARMini owners already receive.

The main benefit of the Scheme is access to the same repository of software and OS updates as ARMini owners, allowing the "DIY" community to receive the same features that ARMini owners do. That means a wealth of additional software features, regular updates, improved monitor drivers for higher resolutions/refresh rates, enhanced USB/disc support, friendly updating and access to a range of valuable software (existing ARMini users have already received in excess of £50 of free R-Comp content). The scheme also includes a suitable RISC OS licence for each member, to accommodate future upgrades etc.

In addition to the above features, RCI will endeavour to provide the same level of customer support/service to Scheme members as ARMini users, by the usual telephone and email routes. This includes advice on compatible hardware/software and preferential pricing where applicable. This stems from the fact that we always try and go the extra yard for our computer customers, and Scheme members will receive these benefits.

The Scheme will run on calendar years, with the first subscription lasting until the end of 2012. This ties into the first year subscription being higher priced at £69.99 compared to subsequent £39.99 years. The pricing also reflects that much of the value will be in the immediate access to software. A one-off price of £99.99 gives permanent access, for the lifetime of the Scheme.


Supporting future development

Money from sales of the ARMini and the ARMini Software Scheme is going into future RISC OS development, both in terms of software and hardware progress. One problem with the "DIY" approach to Beagleboards is that the money spent tends to go to non-RISC OS companies, but the Scheme allows users to benefit from the software, support and other perks, whilst funding future progress.



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