update 11 November 2006]
ELBOX COMPUTER is proud to announce its breath-taking
new product for Amiga 1200 computers - DRAGON ColdFire.
DRAGON is a ColdFire-based accelerator card combined with
the PCI/AGP Expansion busboard.
With its DRAGON ColdFire development, Elbox brings to
Amiga computers top performance of the latest Freescale's
ColdFire V4e core based-processor, the successor of the
68k dynasty. DRAGON-equipped Amiga computers are ready
to run most of the 68k Amiga programs/applications several
times faster when compared against Amiga 1200 with the
fastest 68060 accelerators.
'By combining many attractive features like the high-performance
ColdFire processor, fast DDR memory, AGP graphics, powerful
PCI 66MHz technology and comprehensive software support,
DRAGON-equipped Amiga computers turn into modern, fast
and extremely functional power machines,' said Maciek
Binek, president and CEO of Elbox.
The DRAGON's mainboard and the DRAGON's ColdFire CPU card
are designed on two separate circuit boards. With modular
design, the DRAGON can be easily upgraded and configured
to meet the needs of the most demanding Amiga users.
DRAGON Technical Specification:
- ColdFire MCF5475 processor (410MIPS) running at
- Two sockets for DDR-266 SDRAM modules, support up
to 1GByte of memory
- One AGP slot (264MB/s peak access from the main
- Five 66/33MHz, 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
- 2MBytes of 32-bit Flash memory (containing upgradeable
- Asynchronous design with fast access to Amiga 1200
- Multi-channels DMA support (PCI <-> PCI,
PCI <-> DDR, PCI <-> AGP,
PCI <-> A1200)
- Auto-Recharge Battery-backed Real Time Clock
- Four high-speed programmable serial (UART/USART/IRDA/modem)
- One Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and two FastEthernet
100Mbps controllers (optional)
The DRAGON ColdFire will initially be available with the
fastest ColdFire MCF5475 processor in clock speed of 266MHz.
MCF5475 features the V4e ColdFire core with MMU, dual
precision FPU and EMAC. The 266MHz version of the ColdFire
MCF5475 processor provides raw performance of 410MIPS.
Up to 1GB of DDR SDRAM:
The DRAGON comes with two DIMM slots for the DDR-266 SDRAM
memory. This high-speed memory can rush data at up to
1GB/s throughput. As memory is scalable up to 1GB, you
can add RAM to meet increasing demands of your applications
AGP Graphic Slot:
The DRAGON comes with the 3.3V 66MHz AGP slot which supports
up to 264MB/s data throughput. The following AGP graphics
cards will be supported: Radeon 9700, Radeon 9500, Radeon
9200, Radeon 9000, Radeon 7500, Radeon 7000, Voodoo 5,
Voodoo 4, Voodoo 3.
PCI Expansion Slots:
The DRAGON comes with five 66/33MHz, 32-bit PCI slots
compliant with the PCI 2.2 specification. The DRAGON system
can be configured with PCI 66MHz or PCI 33MHz expansion
technology. All PCI slots provide DMA capability. The
DRAGON's ColdFire processor has linear access to the 4GB
Multi-channel DMA support:
DRAGON hardware provides Multi-channel DMA support. PCI
bus master cards can provide DMA accesses to all DRAGON
resources: the AGP card, DDR memory, other PCI cards and
the Amiga 1200 motherboard space. DRAGON' PCI-to-DDR Direct
Memory Access can reach up to 264MB/s throughput. This
feature allows even the fastest mass storage PCI controllers
to run at their top performance.
2MB of 32-bit Flash memory:
DRAGON includes 2 MBytes of the 32-bit extremely fast
Flash memory. It includes factory-programmed DRAGON's
boot firmware and diagnostic software. Flash ROM allows
remapping of the Amiga Kickstart, as well.
FastEthernet 100Mbps and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (optional):
The DRAGON's MCF5475 processor has one built-in Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 interface and two FastEthernet 100Mbps controllers.
External USB and FastEthernet ports will be available
on an optional module. Hardware-acceleration encryption
(DES, 3DES, RC4, AES, MD5, SHA-1, RNG) is built into the
processor. Dual-channel architecture permits single pass
encryption and authentication.
High-Speed serial controllers (optional):
Up to four programmable serial controllers (PSCs), each
with separate 512-byte receive and transmit FIFOs for
UART, USART, modem, codec, and IrDA 1.1 interface, are
built in the DRAGON's MCF5475 processor. External ports
for these controllers will be available on an optional
Compatible Tower systems:
The DRAGON ColdFire busboard is designed to be used in
the following tower systems: Mirage 1200, E/BOX 1200,
Power Tower, Winner Tower and Infinitiv Tower. Besides,
an Elbox custom-designed case for the DRAGON ColdFire
system will be announced soon. Update: D-BOX 1200 tower
system is just available.
Supported AGP and PCI cards:
- Graphic cards (Radeon 9700, Radeon 9500, Radeon
9200, Radeon 9000, Radeon 7500, Radeon 7000, Voodoo 5,
Voodoo 4, Voodoo 3)
- Sound cards (Sound Blaster 4.1 Digital, Sound Blaster
128 and cards based on the ForteMedia FM801 chipset--e.g.
Terratec 512i Digital)
- Serial ATA controllers (SiI 3114 support in development)
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 controllers (Spider and Spider
- TV tuner cards (based on Bt848/849/878 and FUSION
- Fast Ethernet 100Mbps cards (based on RTL8139 chipset)
- Ethernet 10Mbps cards (based on RTL8029 chipset)
The DRAGON ColdFire is planned to be available by the
end of January 2005 for a very attractive price, offering
superior price/performance ratio. The suggested retail
price is 349 EUR. (VAT excl.)
As soon as the DRAGON 1200 sales starts, registered
owners of Elbox MEDIATOR PCI busboards for Amiga 1200
computers will receive a special incentive upgrade offer.
Update (31 January 2005): Unfortunately,
things are not always going as expected. We planned
starting sales of DRAGON cards for the end of January.
Some of the subassemblies have not reached us on time,
though. Therefore, the sales starting date will be slightly
delayed. But we have also very good news for today:
We have just completed the development and beta testing
of the DRAGON drivers for ATI Radeon 9200/9500/9700
graphic cards. These drivers are the first Radeon drivers
for Amiga computers, which support all overlay modes
provided by these card' hardware: 15-bit PC, 16-bit
PC, 32-bit BGRA, VYUY422, YVYU422, YUV9 and YUV12. These
functions are crucial not only for using TV cards without
any CPU load, but also for smooth playing of the compressed
Update (25 February 2005): Freescale has
rescheduled the start of the volume production of the
ColdFire MCF5475/266 processors from January to June
Update (18 April 2005): Pictures of the
production version of the DRAGON 1200 PCBs have been
published in the Elbox website.
Update (05 July 2005): The initial pieces
of the ColdFire 5475 processors in the long awaited
qualified MCF5475/266 version reached us today! So far
only PCF5475/266, the engineering versions of this processor,
were available. Next week, the CPU cards in the DRAGON
1200 boards, on which our developers work, will be replaced
with new processor-equipped versions.
Update (15 July 2005): The DRAGON 1200
CPU cards with MCF5475/266 processors reached our developers.
Picture of the CPU card with fresh ColdFire processor
has been published in the Elbox website.
Update (12 August 2005): The DRAGON 1200
busboard CPLD's firmware has been successively adapted
to the new signalling of the MCF5475/266 processors.
It was necessary because, apart of the changes in the
internal processor logic, the processors in the qualified
version have also some changes in the external signals
logic when compared against processors from the PCF5475/266
series (engineering samples), which were used by Elbox
developers since mid 2004.
Update (09 September 2005): Early this
month our Freescale distributor informed us that the
expected delivery date of the first production processor
batch for us would be 27 September. If this is true,
which we hope, the DRAGON 1200 boards sales will start
by the end of October. In the meantime our developers
work polishing software which will be bundled with DRAGONs.
Update (31 December 2005): The photo
of the complete DRAGON 1200 set has been published on
the website of the New Year Inspection at Elbox. :-)
Update (01 August 2006): On 27 July 2006
we had presentation of DRAGON 1200 for a Freescale Inc.
representative who visited Elbox Computer. The DRAGON
1200-based system on presentation was fitted with the
Radeon 9200 AGP graphic card, the Fast Ethernet network
card, the Hi-Speed USB and TV tuner cards, all working
under AmigaOS 3.9.
Update (11 November 2006): On 11 November
2006 we had presentation of DRAGON 1200 at
meeting in Krakow. Here are
many pictures and movies from this meeting:
MOV and the same in MXVid.
If you have any questions related to the DRAGON ColdFire
busboard, email them at
dragon (at) elbox.com.
Answers to most frequent inquiries will be published
section of the Elbox website.
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