Eyetech

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Eyetech Group Ltd is a company founded in 1983, in order to provide commercial companies with automatical data collection systems. They had already been involved in the provision of the automatic toll collection systems used at the Dartford River Crossing, as well as many of the bar code based tracking systems used by UK national parcel service.[1]

History[edit]

Eyetech Group Ltd was founded as a subsidiary of an international UK plc, before trading as its own, standalone plc following a management buyout in 1985. The company has mostly been involved in producing bespoke software systems for commercial use in the transport and distribution sector under Unix/AIX, track and trace systems involving the use of barcodes, which have been used by the majority of UK parcel carriers and bar code decoders and industrial (networked) shop floor data capture and access control systems.[1]

Interest in Amiga[edit]

Eyetech took an interest in Amiga, as well as being a registered Amiga developer, in 1993 and developed their Amiga related commercial systems to cover two main areas: As an integrated multimedia development/mass delivery platform for its existing customer base with custom systems built around Amiga architecture and using rehoused Amiga hardware as a low cost multitasking platform for shop floor data collection/control applications in smaller industrial companies.[1]

During years on the Amiga market, Eyetech manufactured several accessories for Amiga computers including CD-ROM/IDE solution for A1200,[2] custom tower cases,[3] scan doubler/flixer-fixer[4] and even attempted to introduce extension to Zorro bus standard.[5]

In 2000 Eyetech and Amiga, Inc. formed partnership to produce hardware for new AmigaOne platform.[6][7] AmigaOne computers were introduced in 2002,[8] first AmigaOne SE followed by AmigaOne XE and Micro-A1 models. Eyetech retired from Amiga market in 2005[9] and subsequently sold their remaining Amiga inventory to AmigaKit.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Amiga Inc and Eyetech form partnership". 6 June 2000. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Taylor, David (November 1996). "IDEal Solutions". Amiga Format. No. 90. Future Publishing. pp. 56–57. ISSN 0957-4867. 
  3. ^ Vost, Ben (May 1998). "Eyetech EZ PC Tower". Amiga Format. No. 110. Future Publishing. pp. 60–61. ISSN 0957-4867. 
  4. ^ Drummond, Richard (September 1998). "EZ-VGA Mk2/Plus". CU Amiga. No. 103. EMAP. p. 64. ISSN 0963-0090. 
  5. ^ "News, Zorro IV - the sequel". Amiga Format. No. 120. Future Publishing. February 1999. p. 12. ISSN 0957-4867. 
  6. ^ "Amiga Announces the AmigaOne" (Press release). Melbourne, Australia: Amiga. 21 October 2000. Archived from the original on 27 October 2000. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Smith, Tony (October 23, 2000). "Amiga unveils next-gen hardware spec But manufacturers support seems very thin on the ground". The Register. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lettice, John (March 27, 2002). "Amiga returns with AmigaOne PPC hardware". The Register. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Proven, Liam (January 3, 2007). "The Amiga is dead. Long live the Amiga!". The Inquirer. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dickinson, Trevor (September 2016). "Classic Reflections: Eyetech Group Part 1". Amiga Future. No. 122. APC&TCP. pp. 40–. 
  • Dickinson, Trevor (November 2016). "Classic Reflections: Eyetech Group Part 2". Amiga Future. No. 123. APC&TCP. pp. 41–.