Posted: Tue Jan 21 12:50:05 1986
Date-Received: Tue, 21-Jan-86 14:16:44 EST
Organization: D.C.I.E.M., Toronto, Canada
I bought my Amiga from Comspec in Toronto, and called them up to
get some information about their RAM expansion. Since they know who I
am, they were a little more willing to divulge pre-release information
to me. The RAM expansion box, scheduled for release by mid-February,
will sell for $1k (CDN). This is fully loaded with 2 MB of RAM.
Being a hardware person, I suspect that they use 256k DRAM chips, as any
other approach (ie. static RAM, 64k chips) would lead to a bulkier, more
power hungry, more expensive, box. I have seen a prototype in action,
and the case is about 3" wide and as high and as deep as the Amiga
case itself. The bus from the Amiga is fully buffered and passes right
through to permit other boxes to be chained onto it. Comspec says
that this is 'fast' memory, and have run lots of multi-tasking s/w
on it. Release has been delayed due to the CSA approval lag.
Comspec also spoke of a fellow who phoned for information and was
quite 'snarky', saying that he would spread their name all over the
net and thus give bad publicity. (This wasn't you was it? 8-)). They have
had some problem in the past with giving out pre-release information and
are understandably reluctant to do so now. The store (which we talk to)
and the research department (which we don't) are two discrete entities,
and the store is not privvy to all that goes on in research.
Hope this helps clear up some questions.
...ihnp4!utzoo!dciem!king (416) 635-2149