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The Icon Bar: General: Horizontal StrongARM card!
 
  Horizontal StrongARM card!
  CJE (10:48 30/10/2013)
  nunfetishist (11:03 30/10/2013)
    Zarchos (14:43 31/10/2013)
    RobC (21:52 31/10/2013)
  andypoole (22:39 31/10/2013)
    albenito (09:30 1/11/2013)
      CJE (11:28 4/11/2013)
        nunfetishist (11:54 4/11/2013)
          CJE (11:32 5/11/2013)
            trevj (09:50 7/11/2013)
              flibble (16:25 7/11/2013)
 
Chris Evans Message #122743, posted by CJE at 10:48, 30/10/2013
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I spotted:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171158409061

I wonder if they were made by Acorn or a user modification. If by Acorn was it for a special product?
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Rob Kendrick Message #122744, posted by nunfetishist at 11:03, 30/10/2013, in reply to message #122743
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Could be a Millipede special. Millipede's video magic cards where very very wide podules; the CPU cards may have interfered with them in their normal upright orientation.
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Xavier Louis Tardy Message #122747, posted by Zarchos at 14:43, 31/10/2013, in reply to message #122744
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I've got these Millipede's cards (Alphalock if I remember correctly, bought from the person using them for a quizz game on the BBC, with realtime graphical effects) and Rob your explanation makes sense.
I think one of these cards has an ARM3 daughter board, as an upgrade from the original ARM2. (Or is that an ARM6 ?)

Millipede was clever to use a daughter board system for the CPU.
I doubt my boards had this kind of connector for the CPU daughterboard, but who knows there might have been evolutions designed to work with ARM6/7 and StrongArm CPUs as designed by Acorn.

I remember spotting such a StrongArm card about a month ago on Ebay, and I was curious too : at 1st I thought it could have been for a RISC PC laptop Acorn had plans to release and dropped it.

I know someone built an A7000 (cut down RISC PC) in a case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GqWwFmYKec
and this card would be great for him to try to create a StrongArm based real RISC PC version.



[Edited by Zarchos at 14:58, 31/10/2013]
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Robert Coleman Message #122748, posted by RobC at 21:52, 31/10/2013, in reply to message #122744
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Are you thinking of the Millipede Apex Imager podule? I've got one and it takes up the full width of a slice. However, it lives happily with a normal StrongArm card.

Doesn't mean that it couldn't have been for use with another one of their products of course.

Also, didn't AVS make some RiscPC based graphics kit? Maybe they created it.

[Edited by RobC at 21:53, 31/10/2013]
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Andrew Poole Message #122749, posted by andypoole at 22:39, 31/10/2013, in reply to message #122743

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I spotted:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171158409061

I wonder if they were made by Acorn or a user modification. If by Acorn was it for a special product?
This page has an ARM610 card that mounts horizontally, and suggests that it was for prototype set-top boxes. This SA card was probably for a similar purpose.
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Allan Bennett Message #122750, posted by albenito at 09:30, 1/11/2013, in reply to message #122749
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I think Castle offered an angled plug/socket to allow this lay-flat arrangement with a standard processor card. Never seen one, though. Fitting a RPC into an A7000 case does require some metalwork so might be worth sourcing some parts to make one - can anyone oblige or tell me what to look for?
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Chris Evans Message #122757, posted by CJE at 11:28, 4/11/2013, in reply to message #122750
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We had an industrial customer who fitted A7000+ motherboards into RiscPC cases! I don't think I ever found out why!
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Rob Kendrick Message #122758, posted by nunfetishist at 11:54, 4/11/2013, in reply to message #122757
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We had an industrial customer who fitted A7000+ motherboards into RiscPC cases! I don't think I ever found out why!
So you can fit both an optical drive and a podule?
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Chris Evans Message #122760, posted by CJE at 11:32, 5/11/2013, in reply to message #122758
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That would be a valid reason, but in this case they didn't fit any podules!
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Trevor Johnson Message #122763, posted by trevj at 09:50, 7/11/2013, in reply to message #122760
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I'm rather surprised it went for just £30 + P&P!
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Peter Howkins Message #122764, posted by flibble at 16:25, 7/11/2013, in reply to message #122763
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I'm rather surprised it went for just £30 + P&P!
So was I, I'll let you know what it's like when it arrives big grin
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