Just thought that some Amigans might like to see this one person’s efforts with the TF530 accelerator I’ve been talking about recently:
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.
Here’s a video of the Vampire 500 board on an Amiga 500, surfing the web with the latest Netsurf 3.6 by Arti (there is another Netsurf 3.6 by Chris, author of the OS4.x version of Netsurf)
So, I haven’t posted much lately due to being busy but also not seeing much that I wanted to comment upon.
First off, the MorphOS team has already uploaded a new build (v3.9) less than 2 months after 3.8. I like this type of release schedule! While v3.8 added support for the SAM460 boards, among other things, v3.9 is mostly a bug-fix update. Always free to try, and high quality. There isn’t much not to like with MorphOS!
A-Eon has announced that the x3500, a lower-cost alternative to the x5000 (but probably still more expensive than anything from ACube) will not hit the market due to the cpu part being very close to price to the one in the x5000. Makes sense. Acube 460cr for the low cost (relatively) nextgen Amiga and the x5000 for the high end, high price-tag group.
Jens Schoenfeld, numero uno at Individual Computers, has announced a cool project called Amiga Reloaded. This will be custom motherboard using real AGA chips, but not include an onboard CPU. However, it will have an accelerator port for use with his company’s more recent A1231 and newer accelerators. He also said he’d try to get Phase5 accelerators to work too but no promises. Optional flicker fixer, USB host and other modernizing features make it cool.
So, you buy this motherboard, with accessories, then mount in an a500 case (a1200 case *may* work… no promises there either).
Now, that is cool! Just the main board is supposed to be under 200 Euros (not counting accessories).