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!

 

Another open-source Amiga 500 68030 Accelerator

Information about this project has been floating around Amiga-circles for a while now but there is yet-another great and motivated Amiga user that is good with hardware design that has decided to make his own accelerator. Since Amiga 500 is one of those machines that don’t have a lot of options (well, if you get the ACA500, you can add an amiga 1200 accelerator and there is also the Vampire 500 coming), but the more the better!

About every week, he will post an update video on his findings and experiments. My congratulations to his hard work.

His video upload channel is –> here <–

Here's the latest as of this writing:

Best of all, the schematics should be available in the description of his video.

Playing YouTube videos on Amiga 500 with new Netsurf 3.6 and plipbox (and Vampire 2)

So, I saw this video from a link about the latest version of Netsurf 3.6 (the 68k SDL version found –> here <–).  I’m a fan of this browser and encourage everyone with a classic machine to try it out.

The test video shows the author using this on an Amiga 500 that has the Vampire 2 accelerator and a plipbox (ethernet over parallel port).

Looks great to me for such an old machine.  It appears to do a lot of up-front communication, downloading and conversion to mpeg1 to get the job done, but hey, who would have thought a classic Amiga could do that?

Some Amiga Classic news

Okay, so this isn’t going to become a news site but occasionally, when many things happen at once that are interesting, I’ll comment. This is classic-side news:

Vampire 600

  • The fastest Amiga 68k accelerator is almost ready, and it’s only for the Amiga 600 at the moment. The Vampire 600, designed by Majasta, is prepping for the Phoenix core, a shrunken version of the Apollo core which will provide 68000 level instruction set at 100MIPs, faster than most Amigas even with 68060’s.

    Kipper2K has taken over production for now. Price is $125 USD.

    MUI

  • After 20+ years, MUI for AmigaOS3.x/68k users is getting bumped from 3.8 to 3.9. I believe release 3 of MUI3.9 was just released. Check out their website.
  • Over at Amigans.net, danbeaver just posted how to get an Amiga printer to work with USB printers. This looks handy!
  • A British group is selling the Cyclone RX adapter, which allows the Amiga to use Playstation controllers (most likely PS1). They are selling on ebay it appears.
  • And finally, there is a side scrolling game released for both Amiga and CD32 consoles using the Backbone game dev system (free on Aminet). The CD32 ISO and LHA files are downloadable.