About the SmartXX & Xenium Story
From LabMaster/Elses on SmartXX forums (translated from german to english - thx to ******* and Nuendo):
The Current SmartXX was originally as OZXCHIP II planned and like the name already points out that it was a development of the guys over at OZX with us.
Sadly while in development of the modchip we had our differences. Due to that fact, we seperated and the developers toke the decision to either get a new partner or do the marketing on their own. But usually developers are bad sellers, so they tried to get a new partner, which they did.
Stupidly did they overlook that the guys of OZX still had access to old Sources (luckily buggy ones) had.
The development itself has gone further within this time and the modchip has been extremely changed from back then, where at the same time OZX thought what they could do with the old sources. As you can see, the result is the Jointventure of OZX and Team Xodus, whom are now using the old sources to create a new modchip called "Xenium"
There will be now 2 modchips, where both are from the same basis from the Developers of BioXX/NitroXX.
We can only hope for Xenium that they found capable people which were able to enhance from the old outdated sources. But as it seems from screenshots, it isn't the case. Because those screenshots (except the background) are 1:1 identical, and that was our development status from October 2003.
To the Start of SmartXX we have to say that will be the blow in the modchip scene, i'm really awaiting it.
Here's another Statement why we released the information so late:
The main reason can be read above
1. We had to search for a new partner
2. After we discovered that the Guys over at OZX used our development parts, we had to change the hardware and made it secure. So it couldn't happen that Xenium would run the same Software as SmartXX.
3. At the moment is the Flashram market almost dead, the pirces climbed to the 5 or 6 times compared to back then in October 2003. And at the moment is it almost impossible to acquire flashes of 4 or 8MB, and if you get one it will be with delivering delay of 8weeks or longer.
I hope this clears the whole Situation.
Source : http://www.smartxx.com/
Jan 15th 2004