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MEGA65
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:44:35 pm »
I found this today: http://mega65.org/
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MEGA65 is an open-source new and open C65-like computer.
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2016, 09:29:29 pm »
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...
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #2 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?
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2016, 09:54:26 pm »
C64 was 8 bit. :P

That looks awesome, nice find.
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 10:03:50 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
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 10:26:59 pm »
Ah right, I missed the sidebar on Wikipedia for some reasons, so I thought it was a released computer.
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2016, 11:09:17 pm »
Well, that looks pretty cool.
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2016, 06:37:02 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.

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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)
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2016, 09:21:55 pm »
@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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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2016, 09:22:56 pm »
I think I read on the site that there is an extra 128 or 256MB DDR2 for advanced applications.
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2016, 06:20:31 am »
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2016, 06:32:00 am »
Nice to see you here, keep up the good work ^_^
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2016, 10:59:16 pm »
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?
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2016, 12:17:17 am »
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=
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Re: MEGA65
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2016, 12:57:51 pm »
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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