Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Feb 2017 14:52 UTC
Amiga & AROS

The VA2000 is a FPGA based graphics card for Amiga 2000/3000/4000 computers featuring high resolutions and color depth over DVI-D/HDMI. It has a hacker-friendly expansion header for upgrades and custom mods and features a slot for MicroSD cards that can be mounted in AmigaOS.

The YouTube video provides additional insight into the open source graphics card. Interestingly enough, I've been looking into getting my hands on a classic Amiga, but the one I would want - an A3000 or A4000 - are quite hard to come by here in The Netherlands.

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HW limits
by JLF65 on Mon 6th Feb 2017 19:32 UTC
JLF65
Member since:
2005-07-06

Please note that this is just a framebuffer device. It outputs a limited number of VGA and HDTV modes over HDMI. It doesn't mix the existing video out, and uses Picasso96 for the RTG. It has no accelerated drawing, but the designers do have some basic 2D acceleration in mind for later. If you can handle these limitations, then you might consider getting one.

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RE: HW limits
by Pro-Competition on Mon 6th Feb 2017 21:26 UTC in reply to "HW limits"
Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

Indeed, the card has limits, but this is definitely a major step in the right direction. (I'm actually surprised something like this hasn't been done sooner - assuming it hasn't, of course.)

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Comment by leech
by leech on Tue 7th Feb 2017 05:06 UTC
leech
Member since:
2006-01-10

Nice, I have a mediator with a Radeon in it.

But there are a few things I would like to see, that may make me use this instead.

1) HDMI vs DVI that I have now.
2) He mentions in the comments of the linked video that he's working on an video passthrough for the normal modes, so that would be a hugely useful thing.
3) Since it's open source, maybe eventually accelerated graphics and Warp3D support?

Since it's FPGA, I don't know why these things couldn't be added.

Now if only someone would start making FPGA video cards for the Atari Mega STe and TT030...

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RE: Comment by leech
by Megol on Tue 7th Feb 2017 13:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by leech"
Megol Member since:
2011-04-11

Get a DVI to HDMI converter -> you'll have a HDMI output.

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I'll try one
by uridium on Tue 7th Feb 2017 05:12 UTC
uridium
Member since:
2009-08-20

I'm pretty keen to try one. I've got a Mediator + Radeon9250 in my 3000UX

Good on him for trying!

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RE: I'll try one
by leech on Tue 7th Feb 2017 05:43 UTC in reply to "I'll try one"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

"Experimental 1920x1080 Full HD screen resolution if your monitor supports 30Hz."

That's kind of odd... Wouldn't think any HDMI monitor would support 30hz, I've always seen them as 60hz+

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RE[2]: I'll try one
by cybergorf on Tue 7th Feb 2017 11:44 UTC in reply to "RE: I'll try one"
cybergorf Member since:
2008-06-30

Many support 24Hz or 30Hz as input ... even if that has nothimg to do with the internal refresh frequency

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RE[2]: I'll try one
by JLF65 on Wed 8th Feb 2017 17:38 UTC in reply to "RE: I'll try one"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

He means 1920x1080 30Hz progressive. When TVs support 30Hz, it's almost always interlace. Progressive is normally 60Hz.

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Netherlands
by bert64 on Wed 8th Feb 2017 21:24 UTC
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

I'm not sure about the Netherlands, but the Amiga was always very popular in Germany... That may be your best bet for acquiring one, but yes the 3000/4000 (and especially the tower variants thereof) are very rare and expensive these days!

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