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.

Amiga on the Lake, the lone North American x5000 suppliers, stops selling them

It appears that there was a fallout between Amiga on the Lake the A-EON/AmigaKit. That means there will be no local supplier for North American Amiga customers that want to get hold of the x5000 and a1222 Tabor boards. We will have to go international. As AmigaKit have been sending their stock of x5000 boards out to other distributors, they don’t have any in stock. I wonder what the problem ended up being?

Here is their statement found on their webpage:

“We have made a decision, concerning both A-EON and AmigaKit. The decision we made is grounded in our experience during the last 8 months in regards to both companies. As a result we have made the choice to no longer support A-EON or AmigaKit in any way, shape or form.

We are still here and “may” be carrying more stuff soon. However no more X5000 or A1222 or, frankly anything produced from either company. AOTL Donations is going on a temporary hold so we can refocus now that we are not supporting A-EON or AmigaKit.”