I am a bit behind with what has been going on in Amiga land due to real life getting in the way (damn you real life!) but there have been a few items of interest which have popped up in the last month.
First off, Hyperion Entertainment has launched a new Wiki to help create documentation for user and developers both. This is definitely something a lot of users will appreciate and will hopefully be the first step towards the generation of consistently improving documentation for the community to benefit from.
The AmigaOS Documentation Wiki is now available.
This new wiki is meant to fill a gap which we have been struggling with since the launch of the AmigaOS 4.0 project: proper user and developer documentation.
This wiki is using the most up to date, original AmigaOS documentation we could obtain permission to use as a baseline. It is true some of the information is rather dated and/or obsolete. But a majority of the information still applies to AmigaOS 4.0 and beyond. In my opinion, it is better to start with something rather than be staring at a mostly blank wiki.
We are also seeking to reestablish AmigaOS related standards and registries. The official SANA-II standard can now be found here. The IFF FORM and chunk registry is now here. The classic Amiga Manufacturer ID registry is here. Special thanks to Neil Cafferkey for the SANA-II wireless extension and James Jacobs for taking care of the registries all these years.
Editing rights to the wiki are currently limited to registered users only. We are looking for volunteers from the Amiga community to help out. If you would like to contribute in any way, please contact us using the contact form on the AmigaOS web site. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
AmigaOS Development Team Lead
For those of you lucky enough to own an AmigaOne X1000, progress has been made so that you can natively programme under AMigaOS4 the XMOS XS1-L2 chip, also known as Xena. It will be interesting to see what weird and strange things people will do for this chip.
The first tools for programming Xena (no, not the Warrior Princess) are now ready for distribution.
The XMOS XS1-L2 chip built into each AmigaOne X1000 with a unique local bus connected directly to the PA6T.
These tools provide the ability to load programs directly into the the Xena chip as well as monitor most of the internal registers as the code is executed.
Unlike other XTAG devices, no adapter board, USB port, or JTAG cables are needed. We can access all of this directly from the AmigaOS command line.
In addition to the new tools, a new AmigaOS resource named xena.resource is included to arbitrate access to the new hardware features.
I have also included a simple .xe file that will flash two LEDs on the AmigaOne X1000 board, as a “proof of programming” demonstration.
These tools were ported from code provided by Segher Boessenkool. Please be sure to thank him if you see him around the XCore Exhange Forums.
The tools are available now and can be downloaded directly from Hyperion’s web site by all registered X1000 users. The new tools and documentation will be added to a future release of the AmigaOS SDK as well.
Information on XMOS chips, compilers and other tools are available at their web site.
Excellent community resources may be found at the XCore Exchange.
I hope these tools provide a beginning into the exploration of these Xciting new features.
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