Blizzard PPC 603e+
 connects to: Trapdoor Slot (A1200)
Blizzard PPC with manual, disk and box
603e+ with 040
603e+ with 040
603e with 040
603e with 040
Hi Res Version, 603e+ Front
- 2000 x 1279, 241K
Hi Res Version, 603e+ Rear
- 2000 x 1330, 206K
Hi Res Version, 603e Front
- 1434 x 904, 275K
Hi Res Version, 603e Rear
- 1358 x 866, 270K
DUAL Processor: LC040@25Mhz, 040@25Mhz or 060@50Mhz and
PPC603e@160Mhz, PPC603e@200Mhz or PPC603e@240Mhz
Note: Not all combinations may necessarily be available, eg 040@25Mhz and a PPC603e@240Mhz
FPU: Internal in both processors, except LC040s.
MMU: Internal in both processors.
Max Ram: 256MB
Ram Type: 2 x 72pin SIMM slots.

An accelerator which plugs into the trapdoor slot of the A1200. The Blizzard PPC is an amazing piece of kit providing both a 68k processor and a PowerPC processor. The idea is that the PowerPC can be used to run software which supports it, much faster than any 68k processor can, with the 68k providing compatibility with existing 68k Amiga software. There is a surprisingly large amount of PowerPC software for the Amiga, and even alternative PowerPC operating systems such as Linux can run on this card. The versions of this card which carry the plus (+) designation also include a DMA Fast SCSI-II controller. The card includes a battery backed up clock and an expansion port for adding the BlizzVision graphics card. The card is also capable of shadowing the Kickstart in Fast RAM which gives an extra increase in performance. During the reset sequence it is possible to hold down the "ESC" key and enter a configuration menu for the card. From this menu you can configure various things about the card such as which ID the SCSI controller uses, inititial system setup such as the supervisor mode of the 060 and other things like RAM timings. The ROM for the card can also be flash-updated. The 060 may be disabled by holding down the '2' key during the reset/boot sequence or the whole card may disabled by holding down 's'.

Serial Number

Each Blizzard PPC card has a serial number of the form: XYZ-999, the serial number can be decoded has follows:

  • X = H : No onboard SCSI
  • X = I : Onboard SCSI
  • Y = A : 160Mhz PPC
  • Y = C : 200Mhz PPC
  • Y = D : 240Mhz PPC
  • Z = A : 68LC040 @ 25Mhz
  • Z = B : 68040 @ 25Mhz
  • Z = H : 68060 @ 50Mhz
Page contributors: asregg, Jan Pedersen, Jari Eskelinen, Pascal Rielland
Updated: 8/10/2005 . Added: 12/22/2004