Just thought that some Amigans might like to see this one person’s efforts with the TF530 accelerator I’ve been talking about recently:
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!
Most people think Hyper threading means a single core looks like 2 cores, and all but the latest AROS don’t support more than one core (SMP). However, Apollo lead developer Gunnar Von Boehn, lists other uses for hyperthreading in this forum thead
–> here <–
Keep an eye out on this.
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!
So, the guy that has been Vlogging on YouTube about his open-source 68030 accelerator every week or so just announced his plans to make a 68040 version for the Amiga 500. Wow!
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.
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?