Technology company A-EON Technology has about 50 beta testers active for it’s new upcoming A1222. The most attractive news is the low price of the motherboard going under € 400 making it very interesting for many existing Amiga users in general. It could also attract a lot of people interested in more exotic systems instead of just mainstream Wintel computer systems. The upcoming A1222 can never be the high-end AmigaOne X5000 but comes nevertheless with interesting capabilities. The mid range A1222 is based on a Freescale QorIQ P1022 32-bit e500v2 dual-core PowerPC processor. The QorIQ P1022 family of processors is designed to deliver complex application processing performance with exceptional feature integration and high-speed connectivity for IP networking and advanced media processing applications. It combines dual e500 processor cores built on Power Architecture technology with enhanced system peripherals and interconnect technology to balance processor performance with I/O system throughput.

The P1022 processor includes advanced deep sleep power and energy management features that enable developers to design next-generation energy efficiency. Freescale’s P1022 processor is positioned to offer a wide range of high-speed connectivity options. The flexibility of the processor is due to highly integrated speed- and latency optimized technology. It is a highly scalable processor designed to handle complex, computationally demanding processing tasks with ease. In short the AmigaOne A1222 offers a very good solution and can be used in a wider market and is able to run professional software and offers software developers new intriguing capabilities. The board uses 64-bit DDR3 SODIMMs, which seems a bit weird for a 32-bit system, but the P1022 is a system on a chip design with a 64-bit memory controller!

The motherboard comes with a x16 PCIe connector and supports ATI RadeonHD cards, which are the general target graphics boards for AmigaOS 4.x. This would give the AmigaOne A1222 capabilities to reach the maximum performance possible with more advanced ATI RadeonHD graphics cards. It’s very good that the A1222 comes with x16 PCIe because most simple “PCI” slots are pretty much worthless today. They are just included for ‘legacy’ purposes. The two SATA 2.6 controllers offers a second-generation SATA interface to run with a native transfer rate of 3.0 Gbit/s that, equals to the maximum uncoded transfer rate of 2.4 Gbit/s (300 MB/s). The theoretical burst throughput of the SATA revision 2.0, which is also known as the SATA 3 Gbit/s, doubles the throughput of SATA revision 1.0. Offering the A1222 a thumbs up when it comes to speed keeping the AmigaOne legacy on track with more advanced technology. It’s off course not comparable with SATA 3.1 almost double the performance, but you have to keep the price of € 400 in mind. The A1222 offers HDMI 1.3 and increases the single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbit/s)  and allows output up to 1080. This should be able to allow resolutions of upto 2560×1600p/60 Hz. In short A-EON Technology offers a good standard with it’s upcoming AmigaOne A1222 and this for under €400, it would be stupid for any Amiga fan to purchase the Amiga reloaded for € 350 and this without a CPU and only having m68k expansion possibilities. The A1222 will be released in winter 2017 and we highly recommend every Amiga fan to purchase it, the A1222 could be crucial for the Amiga’s survival, and offers so much for such a little price in the end. Even non-Amiga users looking for a bigger adventure and challenge should consider this very good looking PowerPC system capable of running AmigaOS4, MorphOS and many PowerPC Linux distros!

More news: Generation Amiga magazine