The next big project for us Miggy inventors

Merlin

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As we all know in the Miggy world, we aren't short of inventive people; in fact, the collective awesomeness and brain power at this site's disposal contributes to global warming!

There are also some very clever people out there in the Beeb, Atari, Spectrum and other retro communities that have created things that maybe should never have been, but now that they are here, they are totally teh r0xx0rz and the mutt's nuts. I mean, who would have dreamed of USB on a ZX Spectrum, for example, or fitting every C64 game ever made onto an MMC card?

Yes, it's one of those "Merlin's Musings" moments......

My question to you all is this; following on from such clearly off the scale, full-on awesome projects as Dennis Van Weeren's Minimig, Zetr0's A608 collective project and Retr0bright, what would you wish for as the next 'impossible is nothing' project that we might undertake?

This is a blank sheet of paper thread; you can wish for whatever you want, as long as it's applicable to the retro computing community. I just want to see how creative you all can be and who knows, maybe one or two people may pick up the gauntlet and try and make your wish come true!!
 

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An internal flicker fixer/scandoubler for a 1200 that as well as passing through AGA modes on a modern monitor can also do some 24bit high resolution modes too through the same connector. Effectively giving an RTG graphics card without having a zorro or PCI busboard.
 

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An affordable all-in-one expansion for the A1200? Something that contains everything you'd ever want at an affordable price - RAM, accellerator (if the parts are still available - if not, a passthrough for a normal accellerator), ethernet, possibly USB (are there any drivers, etc?), SCSI or IDE interface, CF/SD/some other memory card, RTC.

Would be nice ;)
 

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A minimig-esque motherboard that fits in the A600 or A1200 case, providing at least an '030, scandoubling/RTG and a SATA port for the hard disk :)
 

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@Merly

Alas its not my A608 project, It is LVD (Lord Vaders) am just building them to spec +D

@PG

if you could build a small interface that would access the trapdoor slot, you could then adapt existing Z2 graphics.

one would have to design an accellerator / adapter that you could plug some z2 based gfx card,

one could build a simple connector similar to the BPPC, perhaps something that could use laptop graphic cards.
 

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I am working on an internal board with hardware developers for the A1000. This "board" will have memory (either in SD card or Eprom) for 3 or more Kickstart images. -why? Because he also wants to run "Music Studio" that can only be run on KS 1.1.
- expansion RAM (I think we are looking at at least 2 Megs)
-CF card slot or SD for IDE Hard drive.
-2 IDE slots
-battery back clock

This expansion board will bring the A1000 a bit more "Up to Date"
the cost will be under $50 USD.
 

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I would like a Phoenixish board for the 4000/3000 that updates buster in an FPGA to natively support PCI on the busboard, upgrades Agnus/Alice and Denise/Lisa so they can support higher resolutions with more CHIP, and maybe an SDR FSB?
 

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An A500 motorola 68000 implementation fully compatible on pci/express, with pc floppy support (sharable) , I mean 98% compatibility.

A pci/express A4000 fully compatible, the fastest processor on it, with pc cdrom support, pc floppy support, and OS4 ported to X86, no use running it on ppc.:Doh: As much bridged as possible, usb etc.

Or one card for the two above..


A pci C64 fully compatible, with 5,25 inch drive support, and extensions like running software from pc hard disk, or other media.

And some way to share between the goodies above, together with some flexible implementation, that all can communicate = family, so good coders can make good stuff.

All running and usable on linux! Or aros-os4-morphos with a firefox like browser, supporting flash, java.. etc..:help: Preferred open source software implementations:whistle: If something breaks/goes bankrupt others can continue the job:bowdown:
 

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An internal flicker fixer/scandoubler for a 1200 that as well as passing through AGA modes on a modern monitor can also do some 24bit high resolution modes too through the same connector. Effectively giving an RTG graphics card without having a zorro or PCI busboard.


Guess what the Mark2 IndivisionAGA for the A1200 will be able to do ;)

TC :shhh:
 

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@ TC

The new batch of Indy AGA in May huh? :whistle:
 

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A realistic vision...

A cheap, simple, complete Amiga RGB --> VGA adapter. In one box.
 

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1) Help tnt23 complete it as a kick ass product read more here
A Zorro2/3 RAM board which takes DDR2 240pin DIMMs. And that it can fill the entire Z3 space with Ram if we want to... drool...

2) An internal monitor switcher that clips on relevant Amiga custom chips and has input for common amiga RTG cards (PIV, CVPPC, BVPPC, CV3d, Voodoo, Radeon)

3) Complete the tnt23 floppy emmulator so that it fits and is usable in an internal 3,5" floppy bay.

4) A ethernet2paralell interface with SANA2 drivers or bedsocket.library emmulation

5) A FPGA 020 core card with RAM to clip on A1200 cpus

6) A FPGA 68k core card with RAM to put in A500s, prefereably with an IDE interface and clock ports
 

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An internal flicker fixer/scandoubler for a 1200 that as well as passing through AGA modes on a modern monitor can also do some 24bit high resolution modes too through the same connector. Effectively giving an RTG graphics card without having a zorro or PCI busboard.


Guess what the Mark2 IndivisionAGA for the A1200 will be able to do ;)

TC :shhh:

Sweet! now thats something to look forward too :D
 

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An internal flicker fixer/scandoubler for a 1200 that as well as passing through AGA modes on a modern monitor can also do some 24bit high resolution modes too through the same connector. Effectively giving an RTG graphics card without having a zorro or PCI busboard.


Guess what the Mark2 IndivisionAGA for the A1200 will be able to do ;)

TC :shhh:

A pity Jens didn't release that one first. Lets hope it doesn't have the same issues the first had.

Kin
 

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An internal flicker fixer/scandoubler for a 1200 that as well as passing through AGA modes on a modern monitor can also do some 24bit high resolution modes too through the same connector. Effectively giving an RTG graphics card without having a zorro or PCI busboard.


Guess what the Mark2 IndivisionAGA for the A1200 will be able to do ;)

TC :shhh:

WANT! When does this become available again? :)
 

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1) Help tnt23 complete it as a kick ass product read more here
A Zorro2/3 RAM board which takes DDR2 240pin DIMMs. And that it can fill the entire Z3 space with Ram if we want to... drool...

TNT already stated the expansion will not work with DDR memory, only old DIMM ones. And RAM is soldered directly on the board. 64Mb for each board will be an absolute killer, anyway.

2) An internal monitor switcher that clips on relevant Amiga custom chips and has input for common amiga RTG cards (PIV, CVPPC, BVPPC, CV3d, Voodoo, Radeon)
Good idea, it is just a matter of copying existing hardware.

3) Complete the tnt23 floppy emulator so that it fits and is usable in an internal 3,5" floppy bay.
IIRC, the design is already done.

4) A ethernet2paralell interface with SANA2 drivers or bedsocket.library emulation
Already exists. Ask Heather, she have a pair at home. Expensive device, BTW.

5) A FPGA 020 core card with RAM to clip on A1200 cpus
Wait for Minimig2, then we can discuss. Making the 4 layer board and sourcing the A1200 trapdoor connector will be very funny... not!:banghead:

6) A FPGA 68k core card with RAM to put in A500s, preferably with an IDE interface and clock ports

Someone is making one. Problem is the decent FPGA chip is only 3.3V with no 5V input tolerance.:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:
 

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I would second the suggestion of porting OS4 to x86, maybe even straight to x64. I don't think Microsoft have shut down the market on 64 bit yet. If the Amiga Operating System was made to run on bog standard hardware it would make it more likely that things like Firefox and Thunderbird etc would get ported to it.

There is not really a competitor to Windows on the x86/x64 platforms that has the user friendly front end and and underlying architecture that is relatively logical to understand. I actually think that the Amiga Operating system is the cleverest one around in that regard. The Workbench/Intuition concept of a GUI allow such a direct way of controlling the machine. Apple and Microsoft have repeatedly borrowed ideas and concepts from it over the years. But the Amiga OS has the underlying advantage of the directory structure it uses. When Windows goes wrong you are faced with one massive directory full of files, and a load of sub-directories, also full of files. Everything is well organised on the Amiga, and the concepts of having devices often works better than drivers.

Anyway, I am rambling.
 

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Id like to see an AGA Zorro card but it will be HUGELY expensive and complicated to make such a thing.
 
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