Over the Rainbow
secures graphic card support for AmigaOS 4
25th June 2012
A-EON Technology is pleased to announce
that it has signed a new development agreement with premier AmigaOS
graphics specialist Hans de Ruiter which ensures the future
compatibility of AmigaOS 4 with the latest RadeonHD graphics cards.
In addition to the HD4000 (R700) graphics drivers released with the
AmigaONE X1000 “First Contact” system, we have now
contracted Hans to create a series of drivers for the RadeonHD
family. This also includes support for Evergreen, Northern Islands
and the recently released Southern Islands HD7000 series. These new
drivers, which are exclusively licensed to A-EON Technology, will
support the X1300-1950, 5000, 6000 & 7000 series RadeonHD
graphics cards and provide AmigaOS 4 with access to the latest in
graphic card technology.
Trevor Dickinson commented, “This
is a major boost for the AmigaOS and is the first time that these
modern graphics cards have been supported on non x86 systems. Hans
has already released several updates to his RadeonHD driver and
support for Evergreen and Northern Islands cards is already up to the
standard of the R700 drivers released with the AmigaONE X1000. He has
also made excellent progress with drivers for AMD's Southern Islands
cards. Hans de Ruiter replied, "I was initially disappointed
when supply of Radeon HD 4000 series became scarce but now I'm proud
of what has been achieved. The RadeonHD driver once again supports
some of the latest cards available." His comments were echoed by
a long time AmigaOS 4 developer and A1-X1000 beta tester who stated,
"Looks like OS4 won't have to worry about availability of
compatible graphics cards anytime soon". We can only agree.
The AMD RadeonHD series to be supported include:-
Although the RadeonHD driver is exclusively licensed to A-EON
Technology for AmigaOS 4, owners of ACube's "Next Generation
Amiga" systems need not despair. They will be able to purchase
RadeonHD driver updates via the A-EON Technology website for their
Sam460 and AmigaOne 500 systems. AmigaKit will also be offering
RadeonHD graphics cards and driver bundles. Please visit the AmigaKit
website for more details. Customers who purchase the new driver will
qualify for free upgrades, up to and including version 1.0 of the
RadeonHD driver. Registered AmigaONE X1000 "First Contact"
customers will be able download driver updates free of charge from
the A-EON Technology website.
About Hans de Ruiter & HDRLab: Hans de Ruiter
is an electrical & electronic engineer and leading AmigaOS
developer and Amiga enthusiast. His website - HDRLab - details
various projects, many of which are AmigaOS related. The biggest of
these is the RadeonHD driver for AmigaOS, an ambitious project that
aims to deliver modern graphics capabilities for the AmigaOS
About AmigaOS: The AmigaOS dates back to 1985
with the introduction of the landmark Amiga 1000. Today, under the
guidance and control of Hyperion Entertainment, AmigaOS has evolved
into a modern operating system without losing that intrinsic "Amiga"
look and feel.
About the AmigaONE X1000: The AmigaONE X1000 is
not like other computers. It is a culmination of efforts by real
Amiga enthusiasts and developers to create powerful, modern desktop
hardware for the AmigaOS. It is the natural evolution of the Amiga's
PowerPC lineage and is based on the PA-Semi Dual-core PA6T-1682M CPU
and includes Xena, a "Software Defined Silicon"
co-processor. Above all it runs the latest version of the AmigaOS.
About AmigaKit: AmigaKit is a trading division of
Leaman Computing Ltd based in Cardiff, UK. It acquired the stock of
Eyetech Group Ltd in 2006 and quickly established itself as a
world-wide market leader in the retail and distribution of Amiga
hardware and software. A-EON Technology appointed AmigaKit as its
primary distributor for all its AmigaONE products.
HDR Labs - http://hdrlab.org.nz/
A-EON Technology - http://www.a-eon.com
RadeonHD - http://www.amd.com/