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4té computer

4te computer The 4té computer is a high quality, low cost computer, with amazing performance for the price. Pronounced "forté" as per the musical term, his performance might be loud (high) but he's silent in use.
 
You can read all about the details here.

The RISC OS Pineb(o)ok

The RISC OS Pinebook, or "Pinebok" as he's affectionately known to his friends, now has his own page here...

IMX6 Features

The IMX6 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' heels of previous machines (eg. disc I/O, boot time, graphics, networking etc). The i.MX6 is, if you will, our masterwork - winner of three RISC OS awards in 2014 alone.


IMX6 system at show
IMX6 at a RISC OS show - monitor is extra!

* Quad core Arm® Cortex® A9 processor (RISC OS only uses a single core, though) offering better clock-for-clock performance than MiniX
* 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 MiniX
* 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 IMX6 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 £599 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 IMX6, here are two examples drawn from independent 3rd party newsgroup/mailing list postings...


RiscOSM mapping software
TestIMX6Iyonix
Analyse5s30s
Loading1m00s7m12s
Drawing2m40s9m19s
Total3m45s17m01s

NetSurf Browser Cache
SystemRate K/s
Rpi7
A mini*33
Iyonix [1]300
a9500
vrpc570
IMX62700
* (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 IMX6 - "Just a note to say how pleased I am with my new machine. Well done to all concerned." - Mr P.O.

"This new machine has fully restored my faith and interest in all things RiscOS. Thank you so much." - Mr D.O.

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


mini.m

minim rearPronounced "minim", the mini.m is one of our most recent computers. At just two inches in each direction, it is probably the smallest RISC OS computer ever (and affordable too), yet somehow packs almost all the features/functionality of the IMX6 (including SATA), with which it shares much of its DNA.

* Same Quad core Arm® Cortex® A9 processor as IMX6, with similar performance!
* Same 2048MB (2GB) of RAM
* Same HDMI video output for up to 4K resolution
* Same Gigabit (1000Mb) hardware ethernet

Of course, being two inches in size means that not everything can be exactly the same, but we think you'll be amazed at how few compromises there are...

*Internal storage up to 200GB and beyond
*Completely silent - no fans or moving parts
*2 high speed USB ports - of course, a USB hub can expand this
*SSD connection is via an external eSATA connection since a normal SSD wouldn't fit
*If you need a CD/DVD drive, it'd be an external USB one - CDs are larger than the mini.m itself
*Read the show leaflet for mini.m here.

mini.m The mini.m can be powered via the supplied mains lead, or via USB power, since its demands are so low. At exhibitions, we've demonstrated it being powered directly from a monitor with USB ports. At just two inches in size, the mini.m can fit anywhere, and travel anywhere, too. Whether you want one for behind your TV, or to travel with you to meetings, or in a briefcase with a cheap, mobile projector, the minim is as flexible as your imagination!

Since we announced the machine, one customer told us he planned to use it for club meetings, another in his caravan, and yet another to travel around the world. Or, you could just connect it to your fancy new TV, as one customer made us green with envy (well, sort of!) describing how lovely it looked at 4K on his new OLED!

Priced from just £299, with pro/deluxe bundles (more storage, accessories, carriage) at £349 and £399, the minim offers a massive amount of functionality for a super price, with the ability to expand in any way you wish. Are you ready to mini.m-ize your world?

An example of a user comment about mini.m - "The mini.m is a delight to use, very impressed."

"Wasn't expecting the speed increase over (competing products), particularly with Netsurf! The mini.m is a far superior machine! " - Mr P.A.

TiMachine

TiMachine

Pronounced akin to Time-Machine, the TiMachine utilises Elesar's Titanium motherboard for ultra high performance RISC OS computing. Compared to the IMX6 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 Arm® 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
* Additional 250Gb backup hard drive
* 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

Titan

Titan

Designed as a spiritual successor to tower systems such as Castle's "Panther" Iyonix, the mid-tower Titan is somewhat more modestly proportioned (more akin to the size of the original Iyonix), but still packs plenty of drive space. We are aware that some users prefer a more traditional computer shape, and space to work in. The Titan offers this, whilst also differentiating itself from TiMachine with a cheaper price and more modest entry specification. This can be easily expanded, either when you order, or at a later date.

The Titan shares updates and standard Ti software bundle with TiMachine, although it will generally omit the more elaborate commercial R-Comp software CD often included with the more expensive system. Some of the legacy compatibility may require download.

* Dual core Arm® 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
* Optional SATA DVD drive (also handles CDs)
* Optional secondary hard drive or SSD
* 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 Titan computer also comes with an impressive software bundle, including custom-written software. It includes on-going updates and upgrades, community, mailing list. It is priced from £775 inc VAT

TiX Duet

Two CPUs, two names (until we decide which one we prefer!). The TiX Duet is something of a "dream machine" harking back to Acorn's RiscPC glory years. The computer has both a dedicated, high performance Arm® CPU, and also your choice of AMD/Intel CPU alongside, driven by one power supply in one case.
 
Unlike the RiscPC which was always hamstrung by running the PC CPU over a limited bus (like trying to force motorway traffic down country lanes), the TiX Duet is a no-compromise solution. Both the Arm®-powered and PC systems are independant, but link and run and share together. You could choose a low power, low cost CPU for browsing and office tasks, right up to a 16 core, water-cooled monster with gaming graphics card. Full speed, no nonsense.
 
Each system is built to order, allowing you to choose your preferred load out of processor, RAM, graphics, storage and operating system(s). We then use our combined expertise in building Arm®-powered (this page) and Intel/AMD-powered (RISCube/RISCbook) systems to deliver you the best of almost everything! If you're feeling daunted by so much flexibility, we're happy to spend the time discussing your needs, and providing advice and recommendations to match your use.
 
The TiX Duet draws its name from combing Ti(tanium) technology with X64 AMD/Intel tech, with the two singing in harmony (a duet). It is a "halo" product designed to offer some of the most exciting RISC OS and Other OS experiences possible.
 
Note that if you already have Titanium or PC components that you wish to re-use, this is possible, allowing significant cost savings.

Software Scheme for Titanium, Beagle, Panda, Pi or Wandboard

Users who have chosen a "DIY" approach to owning a RISC OS computer can now receive most of the software and support benefits that our computer owners already receive.

The main benefit of the Scheme is access to the same repository of software and OS updates as computer owners, allowing the "DIY" community to receive the same features that our 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 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 our computer 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.

Although the Support Scheme was originally a yearly subscription, every customer chose the "Lifetime" option, so it is now sold for a one-off price of £99.99 giving permanent access, for the lifetime of the Scheme.


Supporting future development

Money from sales of the Computers and the 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 and Pis 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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