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MEGA65

Started by Ivoah, January 29, 2016, 08:44:35 pm

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Ivoah

I found this today: http://mega65.org/
Quote from: MEGA65MEGA65 is an open-source new and open C65-like computer.
Hardware designs and software are open-source (LGPL).

DJ Omnimaga

I had no idea that the Commodore 65 was a thing. I thought the C64 successor was the Amiga or something. This seems cool, by the way. I wonder if this would allow me to get a C64-compatible machine for cheaper...

kegwaan

I had no idea a C65 existed either... Wasn't it named the Commodore 64 because it was a 64 bit computer? So would a C65 be a 65 bit computer?
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Streetwalrus

C64 was 8 bit. :P

That looks awesome, nice find.

Ivoah

Quote from: kegwaan on January 29, 2016, 09:47:26 pm
I had no idea a C65 existed either... Wasn't it named the Commodore 64 because it was a 64 bit computer? So would a C65 be a 65 bit computer?


Looks like it was a prototype meant to be the successor to the C64 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_65

DJ Omnimaga

Ah right, I missed the sidebar on Wikipedia for some reasons, so I thought it was a released computer.

Juju

Well, that looks pretty cool.
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deft

January 30, 2016, 06:37:02 pm #7 Last Edit: January 30, 2016, 06:42:31 pm by Streetwalrus
Quote from: Streetwalrus on January 29, 2016, 09:54:26 pm
C64 was 8 bit. :P

That looks awesome, nice find.


Thank you, I am part of the development team of the MEGA65 and we are indeed happy with what we achieved so far; nevertheless there is A LOT of work ahead of us to deliver a finished product and a turn-key-ready super-8-bit machine that is 99,99% compatible to both the c64 AND the C65. We are always looking for motivated coders on 8-bits (6502/6510/4502/4510), C++ and of course VHDL. Please message me if you are interested in participating.

cheers
Deft

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More infos at MEGA's page http://mega.ms. There also is a little forum: http://mega65.net

(Edit by Streetwalrus: merged double post)

pimathbrainiac

@deft if I may make a comment on the design, I like the idea of it being around 50x faster than the C64, but I don't think there will be enough RAM for that at 288kb (about 4x the C64 and 2x the C65) to actually achieve that. I would think you'd need around 1-2 MB at least, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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Streetwalrus

I think I read on the site that there is an extra 128 or 256MB DDR2 for advanced applications.

DJ Omnimaga

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Juju

Nice to see you here, keep up the good work ^_^
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garvalf

There are very few of those C65 prototypes. The last ones which were sold on ebay reached above 20 000 €.
The mega65 is a cool project. Since the SID chip is almost impossible to emulate or recreate perfectly, couldn't it be possible to use some real ones in this project?

DJ Omnimaga

Darn, it takes me close to a year to earn 20K. This is why I'm glad there are now third-party alternatives. Also nice to see you Garvalf :3=

utz

I'm afraid buying a MEGA65 would set you back quite a few bucks, too ;) It's an awesome project, but it'll have it's price.

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