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ARMX6 at ROUGOL in February

They are called to Mordor London … It won’t be long now. He will soon be ready.

The RISC OS User Group of London‘s February meeting – which takes place on Monday, 16th February – is set to be an especially exciting one: It will feature a sneak preview of R-Comp‘s new computer.

The ARMSX ARMX6 was first demonstrated to the public at the 2014 London Show, at which point it didn’t have an official name, but was being referred to as the ARMini.MSX ARMini.MX because of the ARM processor at its heart – a Freescale i.MX 6. At the time, R-Comp’s Andrew Rawnsley suggested that he’d be aiming for the 2015 Southwest Show to launch the computer, an appropriate event to choose since he is one half of the Dynamic Duo organising the show, with Orpheus Internet‘s Richard Brown being the other half.

Andrew’s aim has been true, and this year’s Southwest Show is to see the official launch of the ARMX6 – but the show doesn’t take place until Saturday, 21st February. With ROUGOL’s February meeting taking place five days before the show, it will be an unmissable meeting for anyone who wants to see the new computer a little earlier; Richard Brown will be bringing along his own ARMX6 to show it in action running a selection of software. Richard, it seems, has been involved in the project since its early days and, subject to non-disclosure agreements, will be able to provide some background on the development of the first computer specifically designed to run RISC OS in some time1.

Clearly a strategic manoeuvre in readiness for the next round of RISC OS Awards, the meeting will take place on Monday, 16th February, at 7:45pm, in the usual venue:

The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs, in the Spice Lounge restaurant)
173 Bourough High Street
London
SE1 1HR

Admittance is free, and everyone is welcome – and the venue serves a range of hot and cold food, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The Blue-Eyed Maid can be found between London Bridge and Borough tube stations, with both stations being no more than five minutes away by foot, through well lit streets covered by CCTV, and there is ample cycle parking very close by. For those arriving by car, the congestion charging period ends at 6:00PM – almost two hours before the meeting begins. Parking is a little more problematic – double red lines are restricted at all times, and it’s best to park after 7:00pm on single red or yellow lines. This being central London, you are advised to allow extra time to find a space, and to bring two additional items with you: patience, and maps!

ROUGOL can be contacted for further help reaching the venue, or for any other information by email, by telephone on 07970 211 629, or via Twitter.

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  1. The Iyonix (and “over twelve years”) was mentioned in the announcement for the meeting, which would be correct if the Iyonix (launched in 2002) was the last such machine. However, the Microdigital Omega wasn’t actually released until the following year, although it was first announced in 2000, and there was also the A9Home from CJE Micro’s and Advantage Six, which was launched at Wakefield 2005.