Hardware

ARMX6 in high demand, plan ahead for Wakefield, Big Ben eXperience

R-Comp reports that demand for the ARMSX ARMX6 computers remains high, with there still being a backlog of orders to fulfill – something which, while it’s unfortunate for those who are still waiting, is surely a good sign, as well as being something for which R-Comp’s Andrew Rawnsley says they are very grateful.

The ARMX6 machine, as every RISC OS user reading this should be aware, is a new ARM-powered computer based around a Freescale i.MX6Q processor running at 1.2GHz. The computer comes with 2GB RAM, a 120GB SATA hard drive, gigabit ethernet on-board and full bandwidth HDMI/DVI graphics, and was designed from the outset to be a solid and viable replacement for computers like the Iyonix and RiscPC, offering outstanding performance for RISC OS.

(An informal test/poll conducted via the NetSurf mailing list of NetSurf’s new cache-related code resulted in ARMX6 showing an average cache write speed of 2.7MB/s, for example – and on the ARMX6 here in the RISCOSitory bunker, NetSurf’s log typically shows around 3MB/s.)

February’s Southwest Show saw the machine’s official launch, after being first unveiled at the 2014 London Show, but it also demonstrated that high demand, with the company running out of stock and leaving some would-be buyers disappointed – and R-Comp isn’t keen on disappointing people!

With Wakefield 2015 being only a week away, and the Big Ben eXperience 2015 being only a couple of weeks after that, Andrew and the team are hoping to be able to manage things a little better – and ask that anyone intending to buy a machine at the events, or who are seriously interested, get in touch with them so that they can plan things accordingly.