After developing the 8-Pack, Siamese Systems have downsized the
concept by developing a custom case capable of fitting three
motherboards into one case. Unlike the 8-Pack, which was aimed at
the Linux market, the 3-Pack will be sold to Windows 9x/NT and
Amiga users. System customisation will also allow Linux PC/Alpha to
be installed if the buyer wishes. Some Amiga integration has been
added, allowing the Video Toaster 4000/Flyer to be used with the
other systems. Communication with all three units is achieved via
TCP/IP to create what Siamese refer to as a single file system.
Exactly what file system will be used for this purpose is unknown
at present. Both the AmigaOS and Linux are capable of using alien
filing systems as if it were their own, however Windows has always
had great difficulty with this task making it a weak link in the
ideal of a true universal file system. The 3-Pack will be
controlled using an electronic video switch box and software
similar to the Siamese System to control each unit using the same
keyboard, monitor and mouse.
The case dimensions are width 370mm x height 520mm x depth
400mm, allowing three motherboards to be fitted. As the image above
shows, Siamese have drawn ideas from the G3 PowerMac making it
extremely easy to get to the hardware. Those worried about the
limited expansion should also look at the 13 drive bays. Plenty of
space for heavily-expanded hardware!