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Revelation II Chess Board Update
Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

The Revelation II Board Chess development is at the final stage, getting ready for production. We expect the system to become available end of Q3 2012 for delivery, and the price is set to 2.795 Euro. On the picture the Revelation II is shown as it will be delivered, with the black stands.

Highlights for the system :

- Fully standalone Chess Board, equipped with onboard embedded Marvell PXA high performance processor to facilitate the onboard chess engines;
- 64MB of Ram ensures enough memory for the Chess Engines to perform at high ELO levels;
- ELO levels can be adjusted to play at your level (depending on engine settings);
- The Chess Board is multi chess engine, so you can select from a number of Chess Engines;
- The Chess Board is using the great Piece Recognition Technology from DGT, so analysing and setting up chess positions are simple as that;
- The Chess Engines featured on the Revelation I Chess Board, are also planned for this Chess Board (exact details will be revealed at the Toy Fair);
- The Chess Board is based upon the Revelation I Chess Board design, but now has slightly separated stands and they will be in black finish, resulting in a classic modern look;
- A larger display, based upon the newest OLED technology, gives detailed information over the current chess game;
- The display as well as the led technology around the chess fields to indicate the moves are all made up from a gentle and elegant green lighting;
- All focus is upon beauty and passion for the chess game, so despite all electronics onboard, you will have a fine, wooden chess board of high quality with great pieces;
- For PC communication Bluetooth is available. This way you can upgrade with newest firmware when available or even newer Chess Engines, and upgrades on existing Chess Engines.

The system will be ready for the future, as memory (by adding flash memory) and processing/ram power (by exchanging the current Marvell PXA module) are both built in possibilities. So the chess playing customers can buy with confidence, ensuring the Revelation II can be upgraded in firmware and cpu/memory hardware.

PS, for the good observer, this board has a prototype error in it, as the white and black fields have been reversed. Interesting enough the first ever production chess computer, the Fidelity Chess Challenger 1 had also such a problem, but then on the first production release itself, by indicating columns/files as 1-8 and the rows/ranks as A-H.

 

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