Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jul 2017 20:48 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

It's time to announce the upcoming new "Ultimate-64" board!

In order to sustain the love for the Commodore 64, with failing machines, power supplies and flaky old connectors, I proudly present a new main board for your beloved C64 case:

What is it?!  This board is a hardware implementation (FPGA) of the entire C64, and it includes the Ultimate-II+ as well.  An ALL IN ONE solution!

It will be produced in small batches, and the creator hopes to be able to sell it for around 200 dollars. That's a pretty great price to give a C64 a lease on life.

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FPGA implementation
by Treza on Thu 13th Jul 2017 22:20 UTC
Treza
Member since:
2006-01-11

At the same price, 200$€, there is also the more versatile MIST box which suports the C64, Amiga, Atari ST, Archimedes, Apple ][...


But it does not look like a C64 !

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RE: FPGA implementation
by bugjacobs on Fri 14th Jul 2017 02:05 in reply to "FPGA implementation"
bugjacobs Member since:
2009-01-03

Mist is not the best for C64, (more for Amiga and Atari ST).

I dont know how much work Gideon has got into the main C64 FPGA cloning yet - but the 1541 disk drive should be very good - the SID mostly ok I suppose without having examined it extensivly, its atleast in his cartridge already.

For a product like this that is more mature you might want to wait for the Commodore C64 Reloaded MK3 from Jens Schönfeld which will I suppose have the Chameleon C64 core built in - and that has several years of work on it. The most complete C64 FPGA I believe.

Now Id wait a few months into the availability of both of these possibly incase of any leftover bugs .. Jens should have ironed out most problems I guess by now.

He has delivered a bunch of boards with real chips up to now, and if you have a few C64 chips leftover you might look at the MK2 C64 Reloaded as well, it needs 4 or 5 original chips and should provide the best NEW C64 experience you can get by now.

Anyway reports are that MK3 with all FPGA might be out late this year. And new Turbo Chameleon 64 Carts soonish I think. (So dont waste time on eBay for those.)

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RE[2]: FPGA implementation
by jal_ on Fri 14th Jul 2017 07:54 in reply to "RE: FPGA implementation"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Then again, Jens is not the most reliable when it comes to these matters. Remember the Clone-A?

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