Amiga Inc. and Eyetech Form Partnership
June 6, 2000 - Snoqualmie, WA USA - Amiga Inc. of Snoqualmie, WA
is pleased to announce a strategic relationship with Eyetech Group
Ltd. of Stokesley, North Yorkshire, UK to manufacture the first
release of the Next Generation Amiga Development Machines and to
distribute these in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
This will no doubt come as welcome news to the British Amiga
community who have long enjoyed an excellent relationship with
Eyetech is well known as a leading supporter of Amiga - and the
Amiga Community - of great integrity. Eyetech's involvement in the
Amiga market dates back to 1993.
Amiga and Eyetech both share a vision and strategy to
re-establish the next generation Amiga Operating Environment as the
leading multimedia hardware-independent delivery platform for the
year 2000 and beyond. Both companies believe that this strategy
will return Amiga to its rightful position as a leader in
multimedia computing, and thereby redeliver the recognition and
pride back to the loyal Amiga community that has waved the flag
over these last 15 years.
Our relationship with long time company Chairman, Alan Redhouse,
proves that Eyetech has a firm belief in our product, our company,
and our community. Of particular interest to both Amiga and the
community is Eyetechs EZTower Mk5 which networks together - in a
single tower system - both an A1200 (with optional PPC/BVision)
with a next generation Amiga Development Machine and the Amiga SDK.
"The reputation of Eyetech as well as their ability to offer such a
high quality and wide-ranging choice to the Amiga community in the
form of both the EZTower Mk5 and the EZDev-Plus - Eyetech's
stand-alone DevBox - is unprecedented. We wholeheartedly support
Alan and his team at Eyetech and join the community in welcoming
Eyetech to the Amiga future." said Randall Hughes, Vice President
Sales and Strategic Alliances at Amiga.
Alan Redhouse commented: "I am delighted that Eyetech has been
chosen as Amiga's partner to help UK companies and individuals take
advantage of porting and developing applications under the new
Amiga Operating Environment. We will of course continue to service
and support Classic Amiga users Worldwide from the 5000 square feet
(500 square meters) of warehouse space dedicated to Amiga products
here at our UK base.
"The Classic Amiga also forms the basis of our Multimedia
Presentation and Kiosk systems as its tightly integrated,
purpose-designed preemptive multitasking, multimedia-centric
operating system allows us to achieve levels of performance,
reliability and cost-effectiveness which cannot even be approached
on a PC-based system. We are now looking forward to developing new,
high-performance multimedia products around the new generation
Amiga Operating Environment, as well as providing continued support
for our existing commercial and leisure customers."
Eyetech's developer platforms for the new generation Amiga
Operating Environment will be officially released on 1st June 2000.
The product portfolio will include EZTower Mk 5 based integrated
systems, upgrade kits for existing EZTower users and the
stand-alone EZDev-Plus system. All systems will ship with Eyetech's
5-click Amiga - Linux networking software, specially tailored for
the new Amiga Operating Environment.
For further details please contact:
Randall P Hughes
VP Sales and Strategic Business Development
AMIGA INC. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan M Redhouse
Chairman, Eyetech Group Ltd
The Old Bank
12 West Green
TS9 5BB, UK
Phone: +44 164 271 3185
Fax: +44 164 271 3634
Eyetech was originally established in 1983 to bring the benefit
of automatic data collection systems to large commercial companies.
The Company been closely involved in many high-profile projects -
from the automatic toll collection systems at the Dartford River
Crossing (London, UK) to most of the bar coded track-and-trace
systems in use by the UK national parcel services.
Eyetech was founded in 1983 as a subsidiary of an international
UK quoted plc. Since late 1985 - following a management buy out -
Eyetech has traded as a private limited company. The company has
mainly been involved in producing bespoke commercial
software/systems - mainly under Unix/AIX - particularly in the
transport and distribution sector. Eyetechs specialization has been
in track & trace systems using bar codes - in fact most UK
parcels carriers that use bar codes use a system designed and/or
implemented by Eyetech. The company also manufactures bar code
decoders and industrial (networked) shop floor data capture and
access control systems.
Eyetech became interested in the Amiga, and became a registered
Amiga developer, towards the end of 1993 : Eyetech's Amiga-related
commercial systems currently cover two main areas: As an integrated
multimedia development/mass delivery platform for its existing
customer base with custom systems built around Classic Amiga
Using rehoused Classic Amiga hardware as a low cost multitasking
platform for shop floor data collection/control applications in
smaller industrial companies, allowing simultaneous local enquiries
and the passing back of data to (typically) an accounts machine as
a background process.
In developing Amiga expertise over the course of the last few
years or so Eyetech needed to provide hardware and software
components which were not commonly available ex-stock,
competitively priced or of industrial quality from normal Amiga
suppliers. The Company therefore needed to design and/or sourced
these products elsewhere, and initially entered the retail mail
order business by making surplus stock available to the rest of the
Amiga community. This side of the business has continued to
develop, resulting in Eyetech becoming one of the largest mail
order retailers of Amiga products in the English-speaking World.