The first thing they did in this new design called "Casablanca", was to drop Amiga compatibility, whilst retaining and heavily modifying AmigaOS to suit their new standalone NLE hardware. The Amiga workbench was now, never again available, you were directly taken to the video editing suite (a deeply enhanced and modifyed Movieshop) which was called System Software.
The filesystem was changed for a custom developed one, to ensure users wont pry, accidentally harm or pirate software. In fact, a couple of hardware and software protection schemes were devised to discourage piracy, such as unique id hardware number, and floppy hardware id track that checked floppies to prevent the interchange between systems.
A 2x20 char LCD was placed on the front of the Casablanca to display status messages. This LCD was driven by the parallel port lines, whilst a real parallel port was never implemented.
A FireWire connector was mounted but required the optional DV module to become active, which was very similar to the one that was available for the DraCo.
Zorro II and DraCo Direct slots were absent in this new design. Also, the maximum system memory was reduced to 32MB available in only 2 sockets (the DraCo had 4 sockets that could together hold a total of 128MB).
The Altais graphics card was removed completely, making place for a DraCo Motion integrated framebuffer solution that pushed its frames thru the video outputs.
Furthermore, MacroSystem decided to change the main processor they were using, for a low cost version of either the 68040 or 68060 which offered the same performance, but with less features (no MMU and no FPU).
In the end, the "Cassie" as it was affectionaly adressed by its users, was a top seller for MacroSystem. They sold more than 45,000 units and the company grew exponentially.
Summary of changes between the DraCo and the Casablanca:
|Numebr of PCB boards||4||2|
|Casework||Yeong Yang cube server||Low profile rack (VCR style)|
|Power Supply||AT 230 watts||built-in low wattage without case|
|CPU||68060RC50||68LC060 or 68LC040V|
|Max RAM||128 MB||32 MB|
|Draco Motion CVBS output||Yes||None|
|Graphics card||Yes, Altais||None, integrated into Draco Motion´s video output|
|Hardware floppy copy protection||None||Yes|
|Zorro II Amiga compatible slots||5||None|
|DraCo Direct slots||4||None|
|Front mini LCD (2x20 characters)||None||Yes (parallel port driven)|
|Status leds in front panel||Yes, 8 leds||None|