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06.May 2002
kdh news (ANF)

USB card HIGHWAY available from 31.05.2002
The USB card HIGHWAY will be general available on May, 31st 2002 and will be distributed by KDH Datentechnik. This is the first time that Amiga users can connect and use modern USB devices in connection with their classic Amigas.

HIGHWAY is a Zorro II USB card and comes with an integrated 4-port-hub. The user has the possibility to connect up to four USB devices without the need for an additional hub. In addition, the HIGHWAY card can be expanded by the new 10Mbit ethernet modul NORWAY without wasting an additional Zorro slot. A compatibility list for Zorro-boards and Zorro-cards can be found here.

The boards have been developed and manufactured by E3B (Michael Boehmer). The worldwide distribution is done by KDH Datentechnik and your local Amiga dealer will have the cards in stock by end of May.

The scope of delivery includes the USB software stack Poseidon by Chris Hodges. Drivers for USB mice, keyboard and parallel interface (printers) and mass storage devices (SCSI-emulation: e.g. flashcard-reader, ZIP-devices, digicams following the MSD-standard) will be shipped in addition to the HIGHWAY card without any additional cost. More drivers (webcam, digicam and printers) are being developed right now by third party companies.

We do support the development of the Amiga OS4.0 contained USB-stack by providing the USB cards HIGHWAY and SUBWAY. Both cards serve as a reference-hardware for the software-development and will be directly supported by OS4.0. Alternatively it will be possible to use the provided Poseidon stack. (ps)

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05.May 2002

3D: 3DLabs' P10 VPU - When a CPU & GPU collide
On 3 May 2002 an English article about P10-VPU (Visual Processing Unit) by 3DLabs was published at AnandTech.

As a 3D processor this VPU exceeds the previous possibilities of the GPUs (Vertex, Pixel-Shader) and is supposed to be more easily programmed. The article describes the basic architecture of P10-VPU and compares it to GeForce4.

The article doesn't talk about the command setting of VPU. Some information about this is included in the Heise newsticker news: 'Graphic processor for everything'.

The chip is supposed to contain more than 200 SIMD units and it can support complex operations such as loops and subroutines, which the current Vertex and Pixel-Shaders cannot do.

Appendix 05.05.2002:
press release about VPU by 3DLabs from 3 May 2002. (sd) (Translation: sr)

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05.May 2002
Schatztruhe (Announce-ML)

Aminet Set #12
On 2 May 2002 'Aminet Set #12' was released by Schatztruhe. This set contains the Aminet CDs #44 up to #47 as a bundle and completely unchanged.

The set includes 3 gigabyte software in almost 2,750 archives. It also contains the complete versions of Genetic Species, Extreme 2.0, Virtual Karting 2 as well as the complete Amiga Future web site.

Note: From 16 May until 2 June Schatztruhe / GTI are on holiday. Any orders or enquiries during this period can only be dealt with after 2 June. (sd) (Translation: sr)

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05.May 2002

Game: Maim & Mangle is being developed again
The 3D strategy game "Maim & Mangle" is being developed again. Under the title link a new web site has been set up where you can find information about the game. (sd) (Translation: sr)

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04.May 2002
Jens Schönfeld (ANF)

Delfina Flipper: Technical changes
The preparations for the sound card "Delfina Flipper Edition" have reached the last phase before production. Some technical details had to be changed in order to keep the announced price.

Here are the most important changes:
A cable for connection to the A1200 clockport will not be included. A connection kit will be available separately for 10,- EUR. To use the Midi-ports, a separate cable is necessary. It's a standard Midi cable that is also used by PC sound cards, and it will not be included with the Delfina Flipper. It can be ordered separately for 9,- EUR.

Pre-orders for the Delfina are taken by your reseller. (ps)

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