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U-Boot update available

Leuwen, Belgium - October 6th 2004.

In preparation for the upcoming update of Amiga OS 4.0, Hyperion Entertainment is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the much improved U-Boot 1.x.x for AmigaOne SE and XE motherboards.


New AmigaOne firmware available

Leuven, Belgium - October 6th 2004.

In preparation for the upcoming update of Amiga OS 4.0, Hyperion Entertainment is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the much improved U-Boot 1.1.1 for AmigaOne SE and XE motherboards.

New features include:

  • Support for multiple graphics cards. At this time the last graphics card (usually the AGP card) is used for primary display. Later versions will include an option to choose.
  • Support for booting off a Silicon Image 0680 IDE controller. This feature has to be selected manually at the moment, by entering setenv ide sii from the U-Boot shell.
  • New CPU support: IBM PowerPC 750GX is now fully supported.
  • A problem has been fixed that made the U-Boot environment settings unavailable when rebooting from Linux.
  • Support for LBA48 IDE Drives, i.e. you can now boot off drives that are bigger than 160 GB.
  • Support for the new Second-Level Bootloader (that can boot Linux besides AmigaOS), to be distributed with the upcoming AmigaOS 4 update.
  • Numerous bug fixes and improvements.

The new U-Boot will be required for the upcoming update of Amiga OS 4.0, to be released shortly to registered AmigaOS 4.0 pre-Release owners.

The download is available in our Downloads section.

Notice: U-Boot is licensed under the GNU General Public License. You can find a copy of the GPL here


New AmigaOne firmware version to support two banks of unregistered ram

Leuven, Belgium - March 7, 2003

Hyperion is pleased to announce that it has completed an extensive rework of the AmigaOne firmware adding substantial functionality and flexibility for end-users, developers and technicians.

Newly implemented functionality includes:

  • Migration from PPCBoot 1.16 to U-Boot (PPCBoot 2.0)
  • Support for PPC 750 FX, MPC 7440/41, MPC 7450/1 CPU's
  • Comprehensive GUI for Articia S register configuration
  • Comprehensive GUI for general firmware configuration
  • Support of additional types of memory modules
  • Integration of diagnostic code
  • Support for POST card displays allowing for rapid detection of specific hardware faults
  • New Articia S start-up code allowing for usage of two banks of unregistered SDRAM
  • Booting from Symbios/LSI Logic 53c8xx based SCSI controllers

The new firmware will be incorporated in the A1-XE boards which will be shipping shortly.



Hyperion has completed PPCBoot based firmware

Leuven, Belgium - September 29, 2002

Hyperion is pleased to report that it has completed the AmigaOne firmware based on the GPL'ed PPCBoot project. Below you will find a description of the implemented hardware support and functionality. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this project.

Hardware support for the following devices:

  • Serial port
  • USB keyboard
  • USB storage devices
  • PS/2 compatible keyboard
  • i8259 interrupt controller
  • 3com 3c920 ethernet with full busmastering
  • VIA IDE controller (A and B revision)
  • Real time clock (RTC)

Features of PPCBoot (as implemented by Hyperion):

  • x86 BIOS emulator capable of initialising and using nearly all PCI and AGP graphic cards based on the chipsets of ATI, nVidia, 3DFX, S3, 3Dlabs (Permedia), Trident etc.
  • Auto detection of SDRAM modules
  • Auto detection of bus and CPU speed
  • Support for PCI and AGP
  • General ArtiticaS support
  • General VIA686 southbridge support (686A and 686B)
  • IDE support (harddisk and CD-ROM booting)
  • Floppy support
  • Booting over network

For additional information on PPCBoot, please visit: ppcboot.sourceforge.net

About Hyperion Entertainment VOF

Hyperion Entertainment is a privately held Belgian-German company, founded in March of 1999. The company specialises in 3D graphics and the conversion of top-quality entertainment software from Windows to niche-platforms including Amiga, Linux (x86,PPC) and MacOS (OS 9/X).

Hyperion Entertainment has undertaken contract-work in the field of 3D graphics for companies such as Monolith (www.lith.com) and has developed a mature, fast, small foot-print technology to bring 3D graphics to low power digital devices such as PDAs and STBs.

Hyperion is currently working on AmigaOS 4.0, a vastly enhanced PPC native incarnation of the groundbreaking OS introduced by Commodore in 1985.


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