Efika2 delayed? Cancelled, maybe? What's stopping the immediate release of Efika2?
The design isn't ready yet.
Yes there have been some announced products but in the end all of them had really good, very technical reasons why they did not come to fruition - mostly down to hardware bugs (some of which are still not fixed), immense cost (the TetraPower (OSW) board had a BOM of over $800 at one point. That's *part cost*, and 80% of it was two slow processors and northbridge/system controllers) or simply the customer cutting funding or canceling the project mid-development.
The Pegasos III was never "announced" - it never even existed. It was an expected spin-off of using the Tsi109/110 for the Blade, coupled with a newer G4.
The Efika2 is taking it's time because we want to get it right. We have a few problems with the MPC5121E design which we need to sort out, the same way we delayed the Efika 6 months to sort out problems with the MPC5200B. Note, that you still cannot do UDMA disk access, this is a flaw in the chip we spent a LOT of time (>8 months) in discussion with Freescale about. The only thing stopping DMA disk access (so-called "DMA-assisted PIO") is a driver. I don't see you writing that, get back to work! :)
Some ideas, while they look great on paper, and the documentation says it is possible, when you get the silicon you are truly disappointed, and then when you spend 6 months to a year working on that silicon, you find out that you cannot produce it for a reasonable cost.
The PowerPC market these days is going to be compared with Apple and Intel, and there is not a single design we have been contracted to do, that uses a high performance processor from Freescale or IBM, that was as cost effective to produce as an Intel Core Duo system. If it is not, then it is not worth it. It is hard to imagine that substantial amounts of people will buy a motherboard and processor of such a "different" architecture when they can buy an Intel *LAPTOP* for cheaper.
Genesi is working AGAINST the status quo here, providing systems that are immensely affordable in a market where solutions do not exist or are actively discouraged. You should be a little more grateful that you have products to buy at all, and that a company out there is in fact attempting to bring Power Architecture back to the masses.
We want fresh hardware now!
You are in a position to demand.. nothing.
If you want overly expensive, buggy hardware, go and buy an AmigaOne. If you just want expensive, Power Architecture hardware, I am sure you know where to buy an IBM p5 series.
Matt Sealey, Genesi USA Inc.
Product Development Analyst