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Article #22 (26 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.16-32bit.summary Subject: Gemulator II/emulator/commercial Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Tue Jun 1 12:11:21 1993 GEMULATOR VERSION 2.1 from Z*Net 9308 Branch Always Software 14150 N.E. 20th Street Suite 302 Bellevue, WA 98007, U.S.A. - NEW FEATURES AND IMPROVEMENTS - SMALLER HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS - INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY - SEE IT AT THE SAC SHOW - LOWER U.S. PRICES Branch Always Software has just released version 2.1 of the Gemulator, the Atari ST emulator for DOS and Windows compatible PCs. Gemulator allows a 386 or 486 based PC to directly run most Atari ST software (except for games and music software) and supports all versions of TOS, four different screen resolutions, and can provide up to 8 megabytes of RAM to ST programs. Gemulator 2.1 is now available from computer dealers in Europe and North America. In the U.S. and Canada, the list price is now only $229 U.S. which includes the Gemulator board, emulation software, and U.S. TOS 2.06 ROMs. Gemulator 2.1 is now also available in the U.K., France, Holland, and Germany. The versions sold in each of those countries contain TOS 2.06 ROMs appropriate for each country, and all documentation and software has been fully translated. Gemulator 2.1 will be shown at the upcoming Sacramento Atari Expo on March 13th and 14th in Sacramento, California. Come by the Branch Always Software booth and see Gemulator for yourself! Version 2.1 has the following new features and improvements: - the separate 386 and 486 versions of Gemulator have been combined into one single convenient version which is just as fast (or even slightly faster on some machines) than Gemulator 2.0. - the ability to create a virtual Atari hard disk partition on any size DOS partition means that you can now safely read and write Atari files anywhere on your PC's hard disk and even over the network, without having to reformat or repartition the hard disk as before. - a 4 megabyte PC can now emulate a full megabyte of ST RAM (up from 512K before). Gemulator can emulate up to 8 megabytes of ST RAM, double the 4 megabyte limit of the real Atari ST. - Pagestream and some other programs now print up to 10 times faster. The actual speedup will depend on the size and contents of the Pagestream document. A full page 8.5" x 11" 300 dpi Pagestream document prints out in about 3 minutes on an HP LaserJet printer. - the real-time clock in the ST keyboard is now emulated. This allows TOS 2.06 to boot up with the current DOS time and date. - the "missing keystrokes" bug from Gemulator 2.0 and other bugs are fixed. Gemulator already has several features not found in the real Atari ST, and in many ways it is much better than a real ST: - the ability to emulate up to 8 megabytes of ST RAM (described above) makes it ideal when using a lot of GDOS fonts, running the new MultiTOS, or editing very large Calamus and Pagestream documents. - the ability to emulate TT medium resolution (640x480 16 colors) allows most GEM based Atari ST programs to run with more colors and with better graphics than is possible on the real ST. - switching from color to monochrome (or vice versa) is as simple as pressing one key. Forget having to use two monitors and swapping cables all the time! - each Gemulator board can hold up to 4 sets of TOS ROMs and you can easily switch from one version of TOS to another by just pressing a few keys. This allows you to use the supplied TOS 2.06 with most of your ST software, but switch back to TOS 1.0 or TOS 1.4 for running earlier software not compatible with TOS 2.06. - due to the ever increasing speed of PCs and the availability of the 486 DX2 clock doubler chip, you can easily upgrade your 33 Mhz 486 PC to a 66 Mhz PC and run Atari ST software up to 3 times faster than a real ST. That's faster than a Mega STE, faster than a 20 Mhz accelerator, and in many cases, as fast as the Falcon. Gemulator now has smaller hardware requirements. Your PC need only have the following: - a 386 or 486 CPU - 4 megabytes of RAM - a 720K 3.5" floppy disk drive - a VGA card and monitor - 1.7 megabytes of hard disk space - a mouse is optional but recommended Gemulator consists of a PC board which plugs into any 8-bit or 16-bit AT-style slot. The board is used to install TOS ROMs which are needed to run Atari ST software on a PC. The emulator itself is simply copied to the hard disk and run from the DOS prompt or a DOS window just like any other PC program. The speed of Gemulator's emulation is affected by the speed of your PC's processor, hard disk, video card, and other factors, but it is usually proportional to the speed of the processor (the 386 or 486 chip). Below is a table of various processors and the APPROXIMATE speed of emulation compared to a standard ST (which of course has a relative speed of 1.0): 386/16 - 0.3 386/33 - 0.6 386/40 - 0.8 486/25 - 0.9 486/33 - 1.2 486/50 - 1.8 486/66 - 2.4 386 based computers running slower than 33 Mhz are not recommended for use with Gemulator due to the relatively slow speed of emulation. Gemulator emulates the 68000 chip entirely in software and so a fast 386 is required. The Gemulator package comes with a set of TOS 2.06 ROMs, but if you wish to use your own ROMs, the board and emulator can now be purchased without any TOS ROMs for $179, a $50 savings. You must of course supply your own TOS 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 or 2.06 ROMs before being able to use Gemulator. In the U.S. and Canada, Gemulator is distributed by: PMC (Purple Mountain Computers) 15600 N.E. 8th Street, Unit #A3-412 Bellevue, WA 98008, U.S.A. For ordering information, call 1-206-399-8700. In Europe (including the U.K. and Germany), Gemulator is distributed by: ACN / Atari ST Nieuws Postbus 5011 2000 CA Haarlem The Netherlands For ordering information, phone 011-31-23-351100, or fax 011-31-23-351444. To upgrade from Gemulator 1.0 to Gemulator 2.1, send $49.95 is U.S. funds and your Gemulator registration card directly to us: Branch Always Software 14150 N.E. 20th Street, Suite 302 Bellevue, WA 98007, U.S.A. Users who last year upgraded to Gemulator 2.0 have already been sent a free Gemulator 2.1 upgrade disk. If you upgraded to 2.0 but haven't received the 2.1 disk, please contact us and make sure that we have your latest mailing address in our records.