Enter the DRAGON
Please note: This page is an ancient announcement
we prepared ages ago, the product advertised has never been released or sold
(dragons are mythical beasts after all, aren't they? :-)). We only keep this page
for historical reasons, please don't ask about availability or release dates.
A breath-taking new product for Amiga 1200 computers - DRAGON
ColdFire. DRAGON is a ColdFire-based accelerator card combined
with a PCI/AGP expansion busboard.
The DRAGON ColdFire brings top performance of the latest
Freescale's ColdFire V4e core based-processor, the successor of
the 68k dynasty, to the Amiga. 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.
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 266MHz
- Two sockets for DDR-266 SDRAM modules, support up to 1GByte of memory (1GB/s peak)
- One AGP slot (264MB/s peak access from the main processor)
- Five 66/33MHz, 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant (264MB/s peak)
- 2 MBytes of 32-bit Flash memory (containing upgradeable DRAGON firmware)
- Asynchronous design with fast access to Amiga 1200 motherboard hardware
- Multi-channels DMA support (PCI <-> PCI, PCI <-> DDR, <-> AGP, PCI <-> A1200)
- Auto-Recharge Battery-backed Real Time Clock
- Four high-speed programmable serial (UART/USART/IRDA/modem) controllers (optional)
- One Hi-Speed USB 2.0 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 ultrafast DDR-266 SDRAM
memory. This high-speed memory rushes data at up to 1GB/s
throughput. It is over 25 times faster compared against the
fastest A1200 accelerators available so far. As memory is
scalable up to 1GB, you can add RAM to meet increasing demands of
your applications and workflow.
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 PCI space.
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
2 MB 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
The DRAGON's MCF5475 processor has one built-in Hi-Speed USB 2.0
controller and two FastEthernet 100Mbps controllers. External
ports for these controllers 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
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 module.
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, a custom-designed
case for the DRAGON ColdFire system will be announced soon.
Supported AGP and PCI cards:
- Graphic cards (Radeon 9700, Radeon 9500, Radeon 9200,
Radeon 9000, Radeon 7500, Radeon 7000, Voodoo 5, Voodoo 4,
- 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 II)
- TV tuner cards (based on Bt848/849/878 and FUSION 878/879)
- Fast Ethernet 100Mbps cards (based on RTL8139 chipset)
- Ethernet 10Mbps cards (based on RTL8029 chipset)