Tag: hardware

Scene World Podcast Episode #69 – iFixit’s Kelsea Weber and Kay-Kay Clapp

If you’re looking to repair almost anything, iFixit is THE place to go for almost every resource you’d need. Joerg wraps up Scene World’s Right to Repair Month [obnoxious air horn] with iFixit’s Kelsea Weber and Kay-Kay Clapp, where they talk about the amazing resource that iFixit provides to those who want to repair their stuff, and why having the…

Stepping on Toes: Addressing Duplication of Hardware in the Vintage Computing Marketplace

Disclaimer: I have a long-standing affiliation with Cloud-9, a prominent hardware vendor in the Color Computer community. My commentary here is based partly, but not solely, on experiences with that affiliation. Introduction Manufacturing hardware goods in the vintage computing marketplace is often, if not always, a labor of love. For those who take on the work of melding new technology…

Final changes to POLYMEGA system revealed

Playmaji, the company behind the POLYMEGA project, has reached out to Nintendo Life to help them communicate important and significant changes to their all-in-one retro system as their website continues to not be accessible to most people. The update article published by Nintendo Life discloses the following changes to specifications, previously announced: CPU upgraded to a higher speed Dual Core…

The POLYMEGA website comes to a halt as the modular retro system goes into pre-order [Update #3]

POLYMEGA finally opened up pre-orders for its eagerly anticipated modular retro gaming system that supports multiple cartridge based and optical disc based platforms in full HD. However, the big day event didn’t go as planned as the POLYMEGA website quickly came to a crashing halt due to greater than anticipated demand and a claimed Denial-of-service attack. Eager buyers have had…

C256 Foenix Project – What could have succeeded the C128?

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…

Yellowstone FPGA-based Apple II disk controller clones the LIRON card

Hot on the heals of the CFFA3000 resuming production, Big Mess O’ Wires has posted an article unveiling the “Yellowstone” disk controller. The Yellowstone is an FPGA-based disk controller for the Apple II, capable of emulating vintage controllers that have become difficult and/or expensive to obtain. In particular, Yellowstone was designed to clone the “LIRON” controller, also known as the…

FM + SID = FM-YAM cart for Commodore 64

The XeNTaX C64 group — along with Lotus Electronics ApS and Sombetzki’s Hub C64 — are currently working on a reproduction of the Sound Expander system. The new “FM-YAM” cartridge adds 9 channels of FM synthesis sound to your Commodore 64. Used in combination with the on-board SID, you get a total of 12 channels of glorious sound! The cart…

New 48k RAM card for Atari 400 – orders open until 02-July

In 1979, Atari released their 400 home computer. Despite its miserable keyboard, compared to its larger sibling (the Atari 800), it’s only real limitation was it’s 16k RAM limit. Luckily, Atari made available part CO61553 – a 48k RAM upgrade card – which could be installed with limited modifications to the board. This board continued to be available at BEST…

Breadboard computer has its ALU made from 74-series chips

Hackaday is featuring a project by Marcel van Kervinck where he has built a functioning color computer with an ALU constructed entirely from small- and medium-scale integrated 74xxx series TTL logic chips. This project is an evolution of his earlier TTL-only VGA output board, but now he has replaced the Trinket Pro “CPU” with one of his own design. The…

New run of Ultimate Atari Video board announced

Image by Bryan of atariage

User Bryan at AtariAge has announced there will be another run of his Utimate Atari Video board for the Atari 8-bit systems. This board generates superb composite and s-video (separate) signals from all 8-bit computer systems as well as the XEGS, 2600 / VCS, 5200, and 7800 consoles. It incorporates many features designed to clean up the often terrible video…