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Revelation II Q1 2013 Update
Sunday, 06 January 2013 19:00


A new year has started and we are on the right track for producing the systems. Last quarter of 2012 we have had some minor issues, but in this quarter we expect the systems to be produced and assembled. This implies however that shipment will start end of March or in April. All interested customers will be contacted in januar, and we will set up the order confirmations for your systems during februar. In cooperation with DGT we will produce the first 100 pieces, and looking at the number of orders we expect this will not suffice for 2013... Which is a very good start for the Revelation II system.

Some customers asked me if credit card payments could be accepted, however we are sorry to inform you we cannot manage these payments. For European customers we ask for payments by bank transfer using IBAN/BIC. For Non-European customers we offer paypal payment or we would like to ask you to contact your bank if and how payment can be arranged to Rabobank in the Netherlands. If you anticipate any problems please let us know. If you have a paypal account you can use your credit card to pay with paypal.

For all customers who have pre-ordered, please sent us a confirmation mail just to be sure, but now include your full address and telephone number. Based on this information we can calculate sending costs, and sent you the order conformation and pro-forma invoice.

Furthermore you have to inform us which piece set you would like to have included. Or if you like you can order more than one set. The sets are the same as with the normal DGT chess boards. The Timeless set is included, however you can change to the Classic, Venus, Royal or Ebony sets. For these sets an additional pricing will be given. For pricing see below. In the picture you see the Classic set. Phoenix Chess Systems would advise the buyers to buy a set with black pieces, because this looks very elegant with the rest of the system's black finish. The Classic, Venus and Ebony are the piece sets with black pieces. However it is a matter of taste of course. In 'Read More' you can see the sets.


For the Emulations we have some extra good news. Phoenix Chess Systems has reached an agreement with Ed Schröder, so not only the Richard Lang Emulations will be included but als the Ed Schröder Emulations, and included in the special combination price as well. Furthermore, we would like to extent the offer for this combination for Q1 2013.

The emulation will run almost at twice the speed as the original emulations, so in many cases they will run faster in comparison to the great modules from the past. Included will be all Richard Lang Emulations and now also the MMIV, MMV and Polgar from Ed Schröder. These emulations are great for the moderate chess players, and in combination with the current engines will give a broad range of chess playing experience to the customers. In this way the system is great for all levels of chess play. If the new engines based upon the new hardware are too strong, just use the emulations. By combining the newer engines and the engines from before 2000, you will experience all types of play, with different playing styles. And also ranging from 1500 up to 2800 Elo+ !

Pricing for the Revelation II including the carrying bag at this time will remain at 2.849 Euro (including 21% VAT), and if you pre-order or order before end of this quarter the Revelation II including the carrying bag and the Richard Lang / Ed Schröder emulation is 2.999 Euro (including 21% VAT).The normal price for the Richard Lang / Ed Schröder emulations is an additional 499 Euro (including 21% VAT).

The highlights for the system are available :

- Included is a carrying bag for the complete system, so the Chess Board is wel protected, and can be transported without risk;
- Fully standalone Chess Board, equipped with onboard embedded Marvell PXA320 high performance processor to facilitate the onboard chess engines;
- The PXA320 is the fastest processor in the well known PXA series, and runs at 800+ Mhz;
- The implementation of this PXA320 has a 32 bit wide databus, and a large cpu cache to ensure that the engines will run at their best performance;
- 128MB of DDR SDRam ensures enough memory for large Hash tables;
- 1 Gigabyte of Flash memory, so there is plenty of storage to upgrade with Chess Engines as they become available;
- 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 will contain three engines at delivery, but can be upgraded with more Chess Engines;
- Included are Hiarcs and Shredder to ensure you have top performing 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 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 with double resolution, 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 additional 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.

We want to highlight the usage for a OLED display, which is a state of the art method of displaying information. It is green, and matches the led signalling on the board.

The piece sets :
Timeless
Timeless (default included)

Classic
Classic (additional 25 Euro including 21% VAT)

Venus
Venus (additional 50 Euro including 21% VAT)

Royal
Royal (additional 75 Euro including 21% VAT)

Ebony
Ebony (additional 150 Euro including 21% VAT)

 

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