Bush Internet TV IBX101

Bush Internet was a joint venture between Alba (80%) and Virgin (20%); created specifically to sell simple "one button connect", low cost, mass market Internet devices aimed at the average person in the street. The various devices they jointly launched included, Internet enabled TV and external set top boxes which enable a colour TV to become Internet connected. Pace designed the Internet Surf Set for Bush. It is OS is based on NCOS from the Acorn Network Computers. It has an IR Keyboard, remote control and a built-in 33.6k modem.

The IBX100 has an ARM750FE clocked at 48MHz with 8MB memory on single EDO SIMM. The modem is an on-board Lucent modem (which appears as podule 0). There is support of either the IR keyboard supplied or a serial PS/2 keyboard. Only 3 printers are supported - Lexmark 1000/1100, Canon BJC-1000, and Canon BJC-2000. Unlike the Acorn RISC OS computers, the IBX100 does not have CMOS memory to store configuration data instead it has a small NVRAM. Also there is no Real Time Clock (RTC), so the IBX100 will always think the date is 1 Jan 1970. There is no sound support hardware. An Iomega PPA ZIP100 can be connected to the parallel port, but the disc must be formatted in the Argo Internet format, and is documented in the Argo Zip Driver . Modern ZIP drives are not supported, nor are other (e.g. PC format) 100MB ZIP discs.

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