The history of Samantha
September 2005, Pianeta Amiga:
Eyetech delivers the last microA1-C available, all sold out at the show, and
not enough to satisfy the requests. In the meanwhile, the wait for the new
microA1-I is vain.
The first meetings between Soft3, Virtual Works and Alternative Technologies in
order to find a PPC system to satisfy the requests from potential buyers take
place. It is decided to take a look at what is present in the market regarding
Two possible candidates are found, Freescale MPC5200 and AMCC 440EP. The AMCC
CPU seems to be the best candidate for the specific product.
A reference board for the CPU 440EP/533MHz, the Yosemite, is ordered.
Test performed on the CPU are satisfying, it is decided to finance the design of
a new board, the adventure begins!
Various industries are contacted in order to outsource the design of the board,
at the end a contract is signed with a young company from Milan, collaborating
with the Politecnico university in Milan and CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle
Ricerche, National Research Council).
The final specifications for the board are decided, the code name is Sam440EP,
the real design phase starts.
Soft3 becomes ATI OEM partner and gets full access to the documentation of the
Mobility series chipset.
May - June - July 2006:
Work proceeds steadily, up to 12 people take part at various title in the
project. In the meantime components for the prototypes are found and ordered,
and the companies that will take care of PCB production and prototype assembly
are chosen. The task of adapting Uboot to the new platform proceeds as well. At
the end of July we have the final PCB layout.
Finally! Something concrete! We have the first manufactured PCBs, and,
incredibly, we managed to put all the components in the limited area of the
board. Unfortunately, summer holidays prevent us from having the first
prototypes by the end of August.
September 2006, Pianeta Amiga:
Today we present the result of 7 intense months of hard work.
Source - Presentazione Sam440.pdf
English translation by Andrea Maniero
Polish translation by Piotr Zadora
Photos - Szymon Tomzik