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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:07 pm 
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frenchshark wrote:
- 1 million or 1.5 million gate FPGA

Xilinx or Altera?


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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:38 pm 
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Xilinx would be best.
- familiar due to Minimig
- available Linux software!

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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:01 am 
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boing4000 wrote:
Xilinx would be best.
- familiar due to Minimig
- available Linux software!

Altera would be best.
- Minimig has Altera ports as well.
- available Linux software (ok, it's not free)!
- better development tools


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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:59 am 
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tcdev wrote:
boing4000 wrote:
Xilinx would be best.
- familiar due to Minimig
- available Linux software!

Altera would be best.
- Minimig has Altera ports as well.
- available Linux software (ok, it's not free)!
- better development tools


It looks like a little Altera/Xilinx war is about to start here :)
I am with Mark : I am an Altera guy. I really like their tools, their support and the fact that they have good sized FPGA in QFP package.
And, yes the board is with an Altera : Cyclone III based like your board.

Regards,

Frederic


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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
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frenchshark wrote:
It looks like a little Altera/Xilinx war is about to start here :)

Not really and Im not intended to start :)

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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:35 am 
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frenchshark wrote:
wolfchild wrote:
Hi Frederic,

Compliments on your design :) Do you have juicy specs to publish, or is it still too early to disclose further info?

Are the cores and hardware design an open platform?

Cheers!
Edwin


Hello,

I can release some characteristics:
- 12-bit RGB output
- S-Video ouput
- Stereo output
- 2 x DB-9 joystick connectors
- 2 x PS/2 connectors
- 1 million or 1.5 million gate FPGA
- 16 or 32 MB SDRAM
- 4-bit SD-Card mode
- 5V DC input
- Multi-core selection
- JTAG connector
Last but not least : cheaper and smaller than a Minimig.
Concerning the openess, we will certainly release the FPGA pinout and some VHDL modules so everybody can make their own VHDL design.

Is the MCC still a product that is going to become available to buy?

If so could you upgrade the colour out put to 24-bit? So it can handle the full colour output of the new minimig AGA core and display 256 colour and ham8 modes correctly with the full colour spectrum.

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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:53 pm 
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Is the MCC still a product that is going to become available to buy?

If so could you upgrade the colour out put to 24-bit? So it can handle the full colour output of the new minimig AGA core and display 256 colour and ham8 modes correctly with the full colour spectrum.


It is actually available for pre-order at http://www.arcaderetrogaming.com.
We have changed the characteristics a little bit.
It is S-Video only, PAL and NTSC. The FPGA is an EP3C16. There is 16MB of SDRAM and a micro-SD card.
Because of the S-Video nature of the output, you can certainly generate more than 4096 colors.
How many ? I do not know yet.

Regards,

Frederic


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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:54 pm 
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Hello,

we have put some videos online :

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Arc ... Gaming#g/u

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Frederic


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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:10 pm 
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@frenchshark
Looks very nice how much do they cost?

Secondly when will Amiga support be available, as at lest for me that is the main platform I am interested in, that and the ZX spectrum as they are the computers I had as a kid :)

It dose look like a nice product and a few of my friends had C64 and would probably be interested if the price were right, but I will most likely stick with my Minimig unless the MCC offers something that my 4MB minimig with ARM addon board dose not for Amiga support.

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 Post subject: Re: New Minimig-like board available soon : the "MCC"
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:56 am 
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Do you have a VGA connector available along with use of a scan doubler in the Cyclone3 FPGA?

frenchshark wrote:
Hello,

I can release some characteristics:
- 12-bit RGB output
- S-Video ouput
- Stereo output
- 2 x DB-9 joystick connectors
- 2 x PS/2 connectors
- 1 million or 1.5 million gate FPGA
- 16 or 32 MB SDRAM
- 4-bit SD-Card mode
- 5V DC input
- Multi-core selection
- JTAG connector
Last but not least : cheaper and smaller than a Minimig.
Concerning the openess, we will certainly release the FPGA pinout and some VHDL modules so everybody can make their own VHDL design.

Regards,

Frederic


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