CYBERSTORM 060 Product Information

CYBERSTORM 060 Product Information

Post by s » Fri, 16 Dec 1994 17:14:05


After my post of the World of Amiga Show I have had requests to post the info
about the Cyberstorm060. I have typed this in and included it below. I hope
this is useful.



[Disclaimer:  The information presented below is for information purposes
              only. I have no connection whatsoever with Phase 5 or their
              products. I provide no guarantees that the information provided
              is correct or factual.                                         ]



  World`s First Fully Implemented 68060 Accelerator From The Technology
  Leading Developers of the Fastlane Z3 and the Blizzard series of Accelerators


 When the CYBERSTORM project began in December 1993, it was probably one of the
 most demanding and ambitious development proposals for the AMIGA. The
 objective was to move into the future of system performance, and allow the
 AMIGA to catch up with the latest high-performance PC`s and Workstations. The
 method of achieving this was to design a non-compromising accelerator card,
 based on the new Motorola 68060 high performance processors, that would set
 new standards in performance, expansion capabilities and price. This project
 underlines the fact that the phase 5 digital products development team          (Official Motorola Beta Site Developer and Commodore Commercial Developer) is
 a leading technological developer in the AMIGA sector. This has already been
 dmonstrated with products such as the Fastlane Z3 or the Blizzard Series.

 The CYBERSTORM System is basically designed as a High End 68060 System for
 the A4000. In the basic 50Mhz configuration it achieves a processor
 performance of some 80 MIPS, a performance level that has been previously
 unknown in the AMIGA sector. Prepared for clock speeds of up to 80Mhz, it
 aslo has more than adequate reserves for subsequent faster versions of the
 68060 processor. The flexible design also allows the 68040 processor to be
 used at various speeds, with performnace of between 20 and 30 MIPS. This
 means that the CYBERSTORM System can be offered in different performance
 classes, which is an obvious advantage for the user who may want to start
 with minimal investment, but have the opportunity to install additional
 CYBERSTORM expansion modules adn/or upgrade to a faster processor in the

 Perfomance is not defined by the processor`s power alone, but also by the
 device`s flexibility and expansion capablilities. As well as a selction of
 different processor versions and the greatest possible flexibility in
 memory configuration, the CYBERSTORM System also has a variety of expansion
 options that will be available from the end of 1994 as expansion modules.

 The rejection of any technical compromise in the developemny of the
 CYBERSTORM System has succeded in bringing a technologically leading product
 onto the market with an excellent price/performance ration that demostrates
 just what can be achieved in modern user friendly product design.


 The CYBERSTORM System for the AMIGA 4000 is designed as a fully modular
 system not only with the various expansion modules that can be fitted
 according to the user`s requirements but also in the basic systems that are
 available. These basic systems consist of three components: the CYBERSTORM
 Carrier Board, which is installed in place of the original processor board in
 the AMIGA, the CYBERSTORM CPU Module and the CYBERSTORM Memory Board which
 are both slotted into the Carrier Board. The Carrier Board is a fully
 asynchronous internal (i.e. between the various CYBERSTORM components) and
 external (to the AMIGA system and Zorro Bus expansions) interface. It
 controls the data flow between the main memory, AMIGA System components and
 the CYBERSTORM I/O Module if it is installed. Exteremely fast programmable
 logic components, as well as expensive, highly integrated synchronisation
 logic, provide optimal signal transit times which result in the highest
 possible data tranmission rates.

 A further part of the synchronisation logic is integrated in the CYBERSTORM
 CPU Module and is optimally rated to the respective clock speed of the
 processor used. This ensures that the CPU module can be exchanged for
 another version at any time without having to change any of the other
 components. This concept guarantees optimal access speed and the greatest
 possible performance at each CPU speed.

 The CYBERSTORM Memory Board has slots for 4 single or double sided 32 Bit
 SIMM Modules. This allows memory to be configured in various levels and
 combinations up to 128MByte. The asynchronous interface concept also applies
 to the memory; the bi-directional buffer logic allows the CYBERSTORM CPU
 asynchronous access to the memory which operates at the AMIGA system speed
 of 25Mhz. This principle makes the memory transparent to other system
 components which access it by DMA, and avoids possible problems that can
 arise with so-called local memory designs which, for example, are directly
 linked with the CPU clock. There is no principle speed disadvantage over
 designs which operate the memory at higher clock speeds, as 25Mhz is the
 upper limit for memory acces without wait cycles (even for 60ns fast D-RAMs),
 which is performed on the CYBERSTORM in Burst Mode Access. In addition,
 existing memory can still be used after a CPU upgrade to a higher clock speed
 or another type of processor, and even without loss of performance. With a
 data throughput that is nearly independent of the processor frequency of up
 to 66.66 MB/s in Burst Mode Access, the CYBERSTORM memory achievs multiples
 of the AMIGA 4000 Fast RAM speed, whereby even the CYBERSTORM System clocked
 at 25MHz demonstrates clear acceleration, especially when working with large
 amounts of data.

 Even more, CYBERSTORM System is not linked to any particular type of
 processor. Processor modules with other than 680x0 processors may be installed
 in future as long as they are supported by the AMIGA operating system.
 Wherever the future of the AMIGA may lead, you can be assured that the
 CYBERSTORM will keep apace of technological adavances.


 To do justice to the requirements of an absolute high-end solution, the
 CYBERSTORM project has always made provisions for considerable expansion
 options. This well thought-out expansion concept means that the CYBERSTORM
 System can support the widest range of user needs, even in professional

 The CYBERSTORM I/O Module together with a Fast SCSI-II Controller, an
 Ethernet Controller and a serial High-Speed-Port, offers all the essential
 interfaces required for professional applications. The Fast SCSI-II
 Controller that naturally operates as a DMA Unit with 32 BIt FIFO Buffer,
 offers transmission rates up to 10 MBytes/s with minimal CPU loading. Active
 termination and internal and external 50 pin SCSI connections guarantee the
 highest possible data security. The know-how gained from developing the
 Fastlane Z3 (the world`s first 32 bit SCSI Controller for the AMIGA and
 twice product of the year in 1993) was used extensively in the design of
 the SCSI interface, which has mature driver and utility software amongst
 other features, and also includes a CD-ROM Filesystem and the efficient
 cache software, DynamiCache.

 A serial high-speed interface with its own FIFO buffer has also been
 intergrated in the I/O Module to guarantee problem-free opertaion of fast
 serial devices without data loss.

 For users who do not need the networking option, an alternative to the full
 I/O Module is the CYBERSTORM Fast SCSI-II Module, which is also based on the
 same adavanced technology found in the Fastlane Z3. Offering DMA transmission
 rates of 10 MBytes/s with minimal CPU loading, active termination and
 internal and external 50 pin SCSI ports, this also includes the complete SCSI
 software package as supplied with the full I/O Module.

 The CYBERSTORM CPU Module also offers another High Speed Connector with direct
 processor connection through which, for example, cache memory and boards with
 second processors (e.g. DSPs) or other high speed expansions can be  
 connected. Powerful expansions for this CPU bus are planned for release in


 CYBERSTORM sets standards even in deisgn and quality. It is produced to the
 highest industrial standard in expsnive and precise Fine Pitch SMD technology.
 Digital components and high value mechanical components are selected to a high
 processing quality, which as a whole contributes to the high level of
 reliability. the three-dimensional mechanical design optimises the use of
 space available in the A4000 and allows easy access for installing and
 refitting the CYBERSTORM system. Active CPU cooling eliminates heat problems
 before they arise, demonstrating that even in this respect the CYBERSTORM
 System meets the highest requirements.


 The following table shows performance results of different CYBERSTORM Systems
 in real-world applications, which are common to many AMIGA users. The
 integer and floating point of the 68060 support software of the CYBERSTORM
 060/50 which was used in this test was an unoptimised pre-release version
 (V 0.9), and shows the performance of the CPU with application software also
 not optimised for the 68060 processor. Please note that the results of the
 benchmark programs SysInfo and AIBB are either not available or incorrect
 with the CYBERSTORM 060/50 system, as these programs - due to incompatible
 cache and MMU manipulations - do not run properly with the 68060 processor.
 The results of SysInfo and AIBB are listed to compare the CYBERSTORM 040/40;
 for the perfomance level of the CYBERSTORM 060/50 please refer to the
 application test results only.

                                         Test Configuration

                        Amiga 4000/040     Amiga 4000 with    Amiga 4000 with
 TEST                       25Mhz          CYBERSTORM 040/40  CYBERSTORM 060/50

 Program "mips"              
 with 10 million
 iterations             15.447 MIPS        24.896 MIPS        82.190 MIPS

 AIBB 6.1
 Interger               1.00               2.62               N/A
 Graphik                1.00               1.25               N/A
 Floating Point         1.00               1.64               N/A

 Sysinfo 3.23
 Factor                 1.00               1.58               2.04
 CPU                    19.10 MIPS         30.22 MIPS         39.85 MIPS
 FPU                    4.84 MFLOPS        7.66 MFLOPS        27.79 MFLOPS
 Dryhstones             18303              28953              N/A

  AdPro 2.5
  Image manipulation of 1.6 MByte IFF-Datei (24 Bit picture)

 Big Sharpen            0:19:50            0:10:64            0:06:54
 Blur 5x5               1:10:16            0:31:26            0:21:29
 Scale 50%              0:05:25            0:03:10            0:01:22
 Execute (896x768)      0:16:72            0:09:78            0:07:02

 (All values in minutes:seconds:hundres, smaller values indicate higher speed)

  Scenery Animator 68881 version
  Rendering of a test picture
                        3:16:15            1:39:22            1:10:15

(All values in minutes:seconds:hundres, smaller values indicate higher speed)

  Imagine 2.0 68881 version
  Rendering of a test picture

                        10:34              5:15               2:45

(All values in minutes:seconds:hundres, smaller values indicate higher speed)

  Lightwave 3.5 68881 version
  Redering of the Testure Examples

                        3:42               1:32               0:53

(All values in minutes:seconds:hundres, smaller values indicate higher speed)

  Bustest 0.07 Memory Performance Test
  Data Transfer rate into FAST RAM

 Read Word              12.7 MBytes/sec    43.9 MBytes/sec    42.6 MBytes/sec
 Read Long              13.0 MBytes/sec    52.9 MBytes/sec    55.0 MBytes/sec
 Read Multiple          13.0 MBytes/sec    48.5 MBytes/sec    55.2 MBytes/sec
 Write Word             7.0 MBytes/sec     31.6 MBytes/sec    37.6 MBytes/sec
 Write Long             6.9 MBytes/sec     31.7 MBytes/sec    40.2 MBytes/sec
 Write Multiple         7.0 MBytes/sec     32.0 MBytes/sec    38.4 MBytes/sec


 Each CYBERSTORM system contains a Carrier Board, a CPU module and a Memory
 Board. The I/O Module and the SCSI Module are optional expansion modules.


 * Interface board which inserts into the 200 pin AMIGA Fast-Slot
 * Ports for the CYBERSTORM CPU Module, the CYBERSTORM Memory Board and the
 * Fully asynchronous interface between the modules
 * Extremely fast programmable logic, selected A-Grade FCT circuit logic, high
   class high density connectors
 * Sockets for 68060 software Boot ROM (or Flash ROM) or Ethernet Boot ROM
   (used with the CYBERSTORM I/O Module) to boot up the computer from a
   network hard drive


 * Optimally tuned to the processor used and its speed
 * Prepared for processor clock speeds up to 80Mhz
 * Active CPU cooling, uncoupled CPU voltage supply with 5 or 3.3 Volts
 * Voltage control at 3.3V for the 68060 version
 * Bidirectional high speed buffering with expensive A-Grade FCT switching
 * 120 pin high density port for Second Level Cache Module or other expansions
   such as DSP boards.


 * Memory expansion card with slots for 4 SIMM modules in 32 bit technology
 * Standard 72 pin modules, such as AMIGA 4000 or PS/2 modules
 * Single sided or double sided SIMMs
 * Sizes: 4, 8, 16 and 32 MByte per module, freely mixable, maximum    
   configuration 128 MByte
 * Fully DMA capable memory, also supports Zorro3 DMA access
 * Fast 2-1-1-1 Burst Mode access when reading and 3-1-1-1 when writing (at
   25Mhz RAM speed with 60 or 70ns RAM) achieving data transmission greater
   than 50 MByte/sec (measured or effective value)
 * Independent of CPU Clock Speed


 * Fast SCSI-II interface with internal and external 50 pin SCSI connector
 * Data tramission into the full system address space using its own 32 bit
   DMA channel, FIFO buffered, band width >30MB/s
 * Asynchronous up to 7 MB/s, sychronous up to 10MB/s data transmission on the
   SCSI bus
 * Active SCSI bus termination
 * Extensive software including CD-ROM Filesystem, dynamic caching software
   and various SCSI Tools
 * 10 MBit/s Ethernet controller (10BaseT connector), SANA driver for
   transparent linking to various network systems
 * High speed due to its independent FIFO buffered, 32 Bit DMA channel
 * Coaxial (BNC) and Dsub15 ethernet connector (Thin Ethernet / Standard
 * Sreial interface RS232 with 2Mbaud, FIFO buffered


 * Fast SCSI-II interface with internal and external 50 pin SCSI HD connector
 * Data Transmission into the full system address space using its own 32 bit
   DMA channel, FIFO buffered, band width >20 MB/s
 * Asychronous up to 7 MB/s, sychronous up to 10 MB/s data transmission on the
   SCSI bus
 * Active SCSI bus termination
 * Etensive software including CD-ROM Filesystem, dynamic caching software and
   various SCSI Tools


All CYBERSTORM components are manufactured in Germany to the highest industrial
quality in modern Fine Pitch SMD technology and are subjected to a complete
functionality test prior to delivery. The manufacturer provides a one year

Because of the three-dimensional use of space available in the AMIGA 4000, the
systems here cannot be installed in the AMIGA 3000 or 4000T. CYBERSTORM
versions for the AMIGA 3000 and 4000T are in developement and should be
available in the second quarter of 1995 - if there is sufficient demand. These
systems may have limited modularity and expansion capabilities. Please ask for
more information and availability.

PHASE5 Digital Products: Homburger Landstr. 412, 60433 Frankfurt Germany
                         Phone (+49) 69 5481844  Fax (+49) 69 5481845

Date of information release: Novemeber 1994. Specifications are subject to
change without notice. Product names are trademarks and registered trademarks
of their respective companies.