On Sunday 26 February 2012, you wrote: > The > various add-ons like the chameleon end up being bloated with features, > besides needing a working machine. err? the chameleon runs fine standalone, no c64 needed :) > If we had a drop-in replacement Vic-II > with an extra connector with VGA output we could just plug it in. the problem here is that it wont get much cheaper.... you can see what this kind of stuff costs for the 1541u and chameleon - it wont get much cheaper than that by removing features. you are right that with fpga stuff almost inevitable feature creap kicks in - thats the problem with fpgas, they are so damn flexible =) however, considering the fact that it is quite realistic to think that such fpga core will have to go through a bunch of development and release cycles to fix bugs, you will for example at least need a way so the user can update it. then suddenly either mass storage (such as sd card) or usb connection becomes very attractive, because juggling with a stack of 5.25" floppies isnt really user friendly =P and you already mentioned VGA, once you add that, you want a "scandoubler/flickerfixer" too (since vga displays capable of displaying 50Hz arent exactly common either), meaning you will have to add RAM for a framebuffer. add some buttons and connectors, and guess what you have :) > The nano > swinSID is a great example of what can be done. It just drops in and it's > relatively inexpensive. no offence to the creator - its surely an interesting project. but as a true replacement (as in: replica), it still has a long way to go. IMHO software emulation for this kind of stuff has no future either, since in some years what i said about costs above wont be true anymore, and then replacements based on real logic will be the way to go. -- http://www.hitmen-console.org http://magicdisk.untergrund.net http://www.pokefinder.org http://ftp.pokefinder.org Dick size still matters, just that money, race and in some extreme cases personality has a greater impact than an inch or two. Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-02-27 00:00:23
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