A new web site and forum has sprung up announcing a project to create a spiritual successor to the C64 and C128. Early specification details include:
- 65C816 CPU at 14MHz
- 4MB RAM (split between main / video)
- Custom graphics chip – code named VICKY – providing 640×480 with 256 colors
- Dual 6581 and dual YM3812 sound chips
- Local DMA and interrupt controller
- Midi in/out
- RS-232, CBM serial, SD card, internal 3.5″ floppy, PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- 3D-printable enclosure
So far there has been some specs and software discussion on the site forums and some posts about PCB layout and technical details of the system blocks. The custom chips will be implemented in FPGA but it appears that they intend to use real hardware for CPU and sound chips (while supplies last). The goal is to design a system that would have been theoretically possible in 1987 but to keep the “feel” of the C64/128.
It’s unclear if the final result will be a product or merely an open design. Stay tuned!
Update: 2018/06/14 – An interview with the project lead has been posted over at snapeda.com