TerribleFire TF530 installation video

Just thought that some Amigans might like to see this one person’s efforts with the TF530 accelerator I’ve been talking about recently:

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Terrible Fire’s accelerators for Amiga

I’ve posted about this fellow before, but on YouTube, a user named Terrible Fire has been designing open sourced amiga Accelerator and vlogginb about it. It was in late 2016, that he put up his first video about an Amiga 500 68020 accelerator (TF520). You can see that video here:

He then started including Atari ST computers as part of his design. Later, he started work on the TF 530 (68030):

Later, he teased the TF540 (68040) accelerator for the Amiga 500:

Lately, he’s been working on a CD32 expansion card (not a cpu accelerator), called the TF328

I’ve spotted a few of the TF530 bare boards on ebay recently (unpopulated), so people can start assembling them if they have the parts lists.

I think this sort of shared, open DIY community is one of the many reasons why I prefer Amiga-land over the rest of the boring computer world.

Good job TerribleFire!

Another cool Homebrew hardware project: Amiga floppy read and write via Arduino

So, back in the day, if you wanted to read or write Amiga floppy disks, you needed a dedicated Amiga floppy drive.  The first workaround was to get a catweasel card from Individual Computers, which would allow a PC standard floppy drive to read and write Amiga floppies.

Then, there was the Kyroflux forensic floppy controller was supposedly able to read Amiga floppies.

Then, there was a flurry of activity around the Gotek floppy replacement that allowed a user to plus in a usb flash drive full of Amiga ADF disk images in one side and output a floppy-drive compatible interface on the other.

Now, there is the Arduino Amiga floppy project.  Click the link –> here <–. The author wanted to read amiga floppy disks with a PC floppy drive and, over time, he achieved that goal as well as adding write capability.  The project appears to be continually upgraded through trial and error but you can see he has open sourced the code and the diagrams for others to use.

The history (under the "project so far" link at the top), is an interesting read.

AmigaKit distributing Vampire Boards

So far, they are only carrying the Vampire v2 for the Amiga 500’s but that is probably the biggest market as there were more 500’s sold than the other models.  Of course, they soldout very fast on the first batch but don’t be surprised to see more available soon.  Target price is about $350USD when I last looked.

Not bad considering this is the fastest Amiga Accelerator (better than a 68060 or even PPC 603/604).  And it comes with a special version of the AGA chipset (SuperAGA/SAGA), and a Picasso96 driver so RTG on the lowly 500 running superfast!

Good job Team Apollo, Majasta and AmigaKit!