Introduction

After the success of the AmigaONE X1000 it quickly came apparent that using a end of life CPU was not a going to be a long term solution going forward as unfortunately demand out striped supply and the CPU prices started to go up and so it was never possible to decrease cost of the nemo board, a new solution was needed to really support the Amiga platform going forward so a £1.2 Million contract was signed to ensure this and a new motherboad would be needed. Project Cyrus began, the goal was simple to replace the X1000 with the goal of making it more affordable if possible and future proof the motherboard and have long term support in place, part of the contract with the makers of the system Varisys is that the board is to have at least 10 year support and this time the CPU in PPC terms to be used was to be the very latest CPU core and the motherboard was designed from the outset to be able to use three different CPU chips this not only gives A-EON options for the future but also protects them selves with falling into the same trap.

The X1000 project was a very good learning process with how to handle the community and how to build a successful system. Taking this knowledge forward A-Eon and Amigakit should overcome some of the issue they experience with their first system. Again like the Nemo Project a beta team was selected this time of just 50 users to test for bugs and allow development of AmigaOS4 on this system to begain. In March production of the beta boards began and is expected to ship 3Q of 2014, it is not known when the system will be ready to buy for consumers, most likely news of this will happen at Amiwest 2014.

Three New Amigas? X3500 - X5000/20 - X5000/40
As discussed the Motherboard Cypus will support three different CPU chips and so three models are planed for next AmigaONE.

X3500 will be the cheapest and will be equipped with a P3041 CPU an e500mc quad-core CPU running up to 1.5 Ghz it is expected price for motherboard will be £1,400+ it is not known when this system will be available.

X5000/20 will be the main board available and is also the beta test board to be developed first. The CPU will be a P5020, an e5500 dual-core running up to 2.0 Ghz and will be £1,600+ about the same power as the X1000.

X5000/40 is the daddy of all Amiga todate and is more planed for the future of the board and platform. The CPU will be P5040 quad-core CPU at 2.4 Ghz, it is not known when this system will be available. £2,000+

HARDWARE

Specs:
CPU: P3041 / P5020 / P5040 1.5Ghz to 2.4Ghz
Co-processor: “Xena“ Dual Core 500 MHz Xmos XCore XS1-L2 128 SDS
GFX: uknown (most likly Radeon HD 5000+) Memory: 2x DDR3 SDRAM slots 16Gb max
6x USB 2.0
1x Gigabit Ethernet
2x PCIe x16 slots (1x16 or 2x8)
2x PCIe x1 slots
1x Xorro slot (gives access to "Xena")
2x PCI legacy slots
2x RS-232
2x SATA 2 connectors
1x ISerial
1x MircoSD - Bios

MORE COMING SOON

MEDIA

Amiwest 2013 = A-eon Speech on Cyrus
Cyrus Production = Look at what it takes to build the next Amiga.
A-Eon = X1000 & X5000 Official Home page
Hyperion = OS4 Developers Home Page
Forum = Support forum for OS4 hardware
Yahoo X1000 Group = For Photos, Discussion and Fans of the X1000 project