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#1 DCarnage

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 11:53 PM

I wonder why this chip is considered to be a 4th gen modchip? Has anyone heard about what features it might have? I'm not sure, but...

So much for X3! Xenium here I come! beerchug.gif

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 11:55 PM

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The following is a brief description of the componentry found on the XENIUM as seen in the recently released sneak preview photos.

* Removable D0 Connector - This connector and wire loom will allow the modchip to be removed without any desoldering when installed using the Pin Header option.

* Quick Solder + Wire Install - The XENIUM is able to be soldered directly onto the LPC bus by using the Quick Solder installation method, larger solder pads also cater for those users who wish to install the XENIUM using wires.

* Power (V1.5) - Primerily to be used for the solderless install of the Xenium into v1.5 consoles.

* Pin Header (+ D0 Control) - Female socket for the optional Pin Header or Solderless Adaptor installation methods.

* Emergency System Recovery - The XENIUM will never be rendered useless as a result of a bad flash or bad update, the flick of a switch to enable the XENIUM's inbuilt recovery mode. A solder pad on the underside of the device allows for easy installation of an optional external switch.

* Expansion Port, RGB LED & Dual SPI - Unlimited upgrade options are available for the XENIUM with it's dual Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) ports. An External Tri-Color (RGB) LED can also be installed for monitoring the XENIUM's Status.

* Controller - CPLD Controller.

* Status LED - Programmable ultra bright Tri-Color (RGB) Status LED.

* 2Meg Memory - 2Mb Flash Memory for a variety of different bios sizes.
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:00 AM

I don't know why its considered to be '4th generation', its a flashable lpc mod... just like the current chips.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:13 AM

I don't think all the functions have been announced yet... wink.gif

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:17 AM

WOW, looks sweet can't wait to get my hands on one. biggrin.gif

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:51 AM

Dual SPI=4th generation!

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:25 AM

will there not be a switch for multiple bios'? if not then what is the point in 2mb bios chip?

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 02:27 AM

thats probably one of the things the dual spi capability can be used for

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 05:28 AM

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I wonder why this chip is considered to be a 4th gen modchip? Has anyone heard about what features it might have? I'm not sure, but...


Expandability....

All the former chips (3rd generation and older) chips were not expandable hardware-wise (aside from the dumbest suggestion of expanding a Matrix with a Chameleon add on - LOL).

I am sure that an external LCD will be available for the Xenium as this has also been announced for the executor 3 chip. It is not very difficult to add and the feature set that would be provided with this add-on would make it an attractive option to add at a later date.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 08:01 PM

QUOTE (psibob84 @ Dec 26 2003, 10:27 PM)
thats probably one of the things the dual spi capability can be used for

So you'd have to buy something else to act as a switch for multiple BIOS's? Unless I'm misunderstanding, that seems pretty weak, considering current Chameleons have the switches already.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 09:35 PM

we dont know what will come with the chip. Mabey a multi bios switch

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 09:59 PM

Well, I'm still going to buy a Xenium. Xodus has always been very professional unlike another large modchip company which flames forum posters for their opinions and gives false info.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 11:15 PM

it's pretty likely that the new chip supports software bank switching just like the chameleon did.


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Posted 28 December 2003 - 12:56 AM

QUOTE (Arakon @ Dec 27 2003, 07:15 PM)
it's pretty likely that the new chip supports software bank switching just like the chameleon did.

Yes, but if the booting bank were to become corrupted, wouldn't it be tough to switch by software?

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Posted 28 December 2003 - 01:11 AM

QUOTE (douceur @ Dec 27 2003, 08:56 PM)
QUOTE (Arakon @ Dec 27 2003, 07:15 PM)
it's pretty likely that the new chip supports software bank switching just like the chameleon did.

Yes, but if the booting bank were to become corrupted, wouldn't it be tough to switch by software?

* Emergency System Recovery - The XENIUM will never be rendered useless as a result of a bad flash or bad update, the flick of a switch to enable the XENIUM's inbuilt recovery mode. A solder pad on the underside of the device allows for easy installation of an optional external switch.




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