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Old 05-25-2013, 06:36 PM   #2681
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How few layers would you think could make a functional FPGA Arcade? I wonder how far one could push signals (MHz-wise) on a 2-layer board. Otoh, it's the dV/dt that is the catch not the cycle time per se.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #2682
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No news? Still hung over?
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:10 PM   #2683
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Hey Mike? Why not just start selling the FPGA Replay board in Amigakit.com now...until you get the daughterboard ready for release? This way...EVEN IF the daughterboard never...ever...ever...ever happens and never get released...at least this is an improvement and better version of MiniMag...and we could enjoy using a 030 processor in this FPGA Replay with better CHIP RAM, RTG support, DVI support and so on. At least if you do that...then we will buy the FPGA Replay and you can discontinue the MiniMag as this is better than the MiniMag...we can even consider it MiniMag II for example. And when you do have the daughterboard ready for release....people will upgrade their toy with this superb 060 processor. There are two reasons why this I may consider a good idea....

1) You start generating revenue which would help in further development and for the daughterboard
2) You get a statistical idea of how many people ARE REALLY interested in this item and you may even consider if it is worth manufacturing the daughterboard if there are only a handful sale.

Another good reason why this is a good idea..people who are enthusiastic and willing to buy it now...we will spend right away...but the longer it takes for release the less that person becomes enthusiastic and the more there are reasons to spend this money else where. Bills, student loans, etc.

I mean if I was you I would release it today than tomorrow...and see what happens. That is my thinking on this matter.

What do you guys think?
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #2684
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Asfair, the reason for the delay is that the boards need to be checked and shipped. The motivation is not profit per se. I think the mailed requests shows quite clearly how large the interest is.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #2685
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MiniMig...

MiniMag is a small flashlight.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #2686
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I knew it! the aliens has hidden an Amiga 500 inside my MiniMag that toggles the parallel port at 565 terahertz to generate photons
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:40 PM   #2687
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then we will buy the FPGA Replay and you can discontinue the MiniMag as this is better than the MiniMag...
That sentence is full of all kinds of wrong.

I'm sure the MiniMig will continue to be sold after the FPGA Replay is released. It's much cheaper and smaller.

I don't believe that the hold up is the daughterboard anyway.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:37 AM   #2688
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@mikej ... or any HW guru

Is it possible that FPGA Arcade will work together with KryoFlux for reading/writing or maybe booting real Amiga disks?
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:23 AM   #2689
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That sentence is full of all kinds of wrong.

I'm sure the MiniMig will continue to be sold after the FPGA Replay is released. It's much cheaper and smaller.

I don't believe that the hold up is the daughterboard anyway.
That's right.

@AmigaClassicRule: please read also other posts to have a clear picture what's going on here.

Just to be short: Mike is checking the boards. Then he will start contacting the people that already e-mailed him and he will start shipping the boards. The daughterboard has nothing to do with it, FPGA Replay will be selling also without it. Mike also spoke with some sellers, that will sell FPGA Arcade also.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:53 AM   #2690
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KryoFlux can be connected as an USB device but they don't specify what USB API it's using so software compability can't be determined. Also there's no documentation on what kind of USB devices FPGA Arcade has support for beyond a USB mouse.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:58 AM   #2691
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mikej, please don't give us the silent treatment!
How's things going?
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:06 AM   #2692
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mikej, please don't give us the silent treatment!
How's things going?
I'll post some photos later.
I have a whole load of hardware here...
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:25 AM   #2693
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:52 AM   #2694
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Is it possible that FPGA Arcade will work together with KryoFlux for reading/writing or maybe booting real Amiga disks?
I am getting one of the FPGA boards from Mike to develop with. I am releasing SuperCard Pro (SCP), which is a flux level disk copier, emulator, and other 'things'. It is a similar form factor to the KryoFlux. It uses nearly double the resolution of the KryoFlux and has 512KB of static RAM on board for track buffering. It also has a micro-SD card slot so you can create and store raw or converted disk images. For my USB interface, I am using the FTDI FT240X USB FIFO chip which has drivers for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. I have already released preliminary information on the command structure for SCP. Besides having a USB port, it also has a serial port (up to 1Mbps) that uses the exact same command set. So, no USB interface is required. You can connect a 3.5" PC floppy drive to the SCP (power comes from the floppy drive connector, via Y-cable) and use it as a stand alone device controlled by a PIC, AVR, ARM, etc. micro - or an FPGA device like Mike's. There are commands to read the data at a flux level and convert it to Amiga MFM format, after which the data can be transferred via USB or serial.

As some of you might know, I released hardware and software disk copiers for the Amiga - in fact, that is how I got into the Amiga market before doing emulations. So, I have a LOT of experience with Paula, having actually designed a replacement ASIC for her back in the day so we could change the data rate and do flux copying without needing two drives.

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Old 05-31-2013, 07:09 AM   #2695
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"...... It uses nearly double the resolution of the KryoFlux and has 512KB of static RAM on board for track buffering. It also has a micro-SD card slot so you can create and store raw or converted disk images."
Fantastic news Jim! The more hardware/software development the Replay can get the better.

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Old 05-31-2013, 07:17 AM   #2696
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An old-school emulation hardware guru making new hardware for a new-school hardware emulator of retro computers is enough to make your head explode just thinking of the possibilities

Thank-you Jim for making things like this up-and-comer and boards like the Emplant Deluxe (just let my last one go a few weeks ago - incredible bit of kit!) :-D

(and thank-you mikej for the promise of new-school shiny!)
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:55 AM   #2697
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I am getting one of the FPGA boards from Mike to develop with. I am releasing SuperCard Pro (SCP), which is a flux level disk copier, emulator, and other 'things'. It is a similar form factor to the KryoFlux. It uses nearly double the resolution of the KryoFlux and has 512KB of static RAM on board for track buffering. It also has a micro-SD card slot so you can create and store raw or converted disk images. For my USB interface, I am using the FTDI FT240X USB FIFO chip which has drivers for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. I have already released preliminary information on the command structure for SCP. Besides having a USB port, it also has a serial port (up to 1Mbps) that uses the exact same command set. So, no USB interface is required. You can connect a 3.5" PC floppy drive to the SCP (power comes from the floppy drive connector, via Y-cable) and use it as a stand alone device controlled by a PIC, AVR, ARM, etc. micro - or an FPGA device like Mike's. There are commands to read the data at a flux level and convert it to Amiga MFM format, after which the data can be transferred via USB or serial.
This sounds cool But a little unclear. Can you please type a bit slower for us slower folks and explain a bit more ?
We will be able to connect this SCP to a Replay board, right ? And a PC floppy to it, right ? And read/write real floppies ?
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This sounds cool But a little unclear. Can you please type a bit slower for us slower folks and explain a bit more ?
We will be able to connect this SCP to a Replay board, right ? And a PC floppy to it, right ? And read/write real floppies ?

Jim, I'll send you a patch daughterboard as well for you to play with ...
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Jim, I'll send you a patch daughterboard as well for you to play with ...
Oh thank you, but I'm not Jim
And I wouldn't know what to do with it
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:25 AM   #2700
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Oh thank you, but I'm not Jim
And I wouldn't know what to do with it

You had the potential of getting DAUGHTERBOARDS maaan.....you should have went hush hush there Well...my money is waiting for the FPGA Replay...regardless of daughterboard release date available or not....Mmmmmmm 128 MB of CHIP RAM...yumm...yummm...integrated DVI AND RTG. Even the latest version of WinUAE does not give you 128 MB of CHIP RAM...
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