Amiga: UltimatePPC Accelerator for Amiga 3000/4000

The UltimatePPC (photo taken from http://ultimateppc.nl/gallery.php)
The UltimatePPC (photo taken from http://ultimateppc.nl/gallery.php)

Hi everyone,

It’s not often you hear about new PPC-based accelerators for the Amiga, but today I received an e-mail from an Amiga user in Norway (Mads). He wrote me some words concerning an upcoming PPC-accelerator for the Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000. Thanks a lot for the information mate.

The board is called UltimatePPC and it is a multi-function CPU-card for the Amiga computers mentioned above. It plugs into the CPU slot of the machines. The specifications are very interesting. Please have a look:

The UltimatePPC provides many new features. The current shortlist of features for “Revision A” is,

  • 33MHz 68040 CPU
  • 1.0GHz Freescale PowerPC CPU
  • 128MB of DDR3 memory for the 68040
  • An additional 2GB of DDR3 memory on an SO-DIMM
  • USB2 host controller with integrated 4 port hub
  • SATA2 controller with two SATA ports
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet controller
  • Embedded 2D video with DVI connector

Isn’t that incredible? I think it is time that I consider moving up the ladder and invest some money into an Amiga 4000. πŸ˜‰

Working on the UltimatePPC (photo taken from The UltimatePPC (photo taken from http://ultimateppc.nl/gallery.php))
Working on the UltimatePPC (photo taken from The UltimatePPC (photo taken from http://ultimateppc.nl/gallery.php))

The team behind the UltimatePPC made a press release yesterday. I’ve included it below:

Our press release of May 22nd, 2012: AMIGA MEETS GIGAHERTZ

Gideon Zweijtzer (of 1541-Ultimate fame) and Rutger Bevaart have teamed up to bring renewed innovation to the Classical Amiga by announcing the UltimatePPC today, the ultimate CPU expansion card for the Amiga 3000 & 4000. This new card will bring unparalleled performance and many great new features to the Amiga series of computers that were not available previously and give current users a viable upgrade path for aging components. It also opens new possibilities for newer versions of the Amiga Operating System or alternatives to run on your classic hardware with great performance. The UltimatePPC puts your Amiga right back on your desk as the most versatile and fun computer that has ever existed!

Right now the UltimatePPC is in active development, we expect to be able to take pre-orders at the end of 2012. Please visit our project website at http://ultimateppc.nl for availability information, specifications and detailed status reports.

Gideon & Rutger

Amazing news! This made my day. πŸ™‚

If you want to read more about the UltimatePPC, please head over to the official website by clicking here.

What do you guys think about this project? Would love to hear your opinion.

23 comments

  1. It looks like Amiga is quickly catching up to everyone else. Here is hoping more people who are looking for other options finds this to their liking.

    • Thanks mate. πŸ™‚ These are exciting times for Amiga enthusiasts. Many cool projects in the pipeline. It’s great to see people creating this kind of hardware in their spare-time.

    • I would suggest that DDR3 is cheaper to purchase than SDR nowadays, so it makes sense to keep costs down

  2. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do an A1200 version too, since there are much more A1200 out there than A3000/4000? And maybe 68060 instead of 68040?

  3. Nice. Is this project still going? My CSPPC died years ago and the A3000/A4000 line has been pretty neglected in terms of accelerators. An option to use an 060 would be great, I’d pop it off the old board and onto this new piece of glory.

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