CJE Micro’s have announced that their new IGEPv5 computer, which was unnamed up until the RISC OS London Show 2015, is now in full production and available for purchase by consumers and Business customers.
The Rapido is an interesting computer on paper, it is based on the ISEE IGEPv5 OMAP5432 motherboard and boasts dual core ARM Cortex-A15 processors.The machine comes with 4GB DDR3 – with RISC OS only available to account for 2GB of that currently, which is more than enough for pretty much anything you’d want to throw at it.
It’s worth noting that RISC OS doesn’t currently support dual core processors, so as it stands it will only be able to support the one core – although, RISC OS Open are looking for volunteers and/or ideas towards implementing multiple core support!
CJE have advised the port of RISC OS to the board is now complete and is considered fully stable, the only feature that is currently lacking is the a SATA driver – which is in the works. The system operates at a full speed of 1500MHz with dynamic clocking.
The machine is available in three different mini-ITX cases, and is currently priced at £726 – with £12 for shipping which isn’t too bad.
Although I haven’t used the Rapdio, the specifications look solid and the RISC OS port is now looking very comprehensive despite my initial doubts.
Overall, this doesn’t look to be a bad effort from CJE Micro’s – who don’t forget are pretty new to manufacturing complete computer systems. This seems to be a well-thought out system and, although I’m not convinced that it can be classed as a ‘high-end’ machine, I can’t see it struggling with any RISC OS related tasks unless you’re doing some pretty heavy duty graphic-rendering or gaming. It also runs up to a maximum clock rate of 1500MHz.
This isn’t the first system they’ve produced of course, the PandaRO came before this and from speaking with a few people it would appear they are not bad machines to use, and add a lot of stability and a bit more sugar-coating than an out-of-the-box motherboard would – like the Pandaboard or in the Rapido’s case, the IGEPv5.