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Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 3431
17 May 2018 11:21


You might have seen many recent game video uploaded.
   
The SAGA/AGA chipset is working and feature complete.
   
The team is right now very active testing Amiga OCS/ECS/AGA games
to tweak and polish AGA game compatibility.
   
The plan is to release the first public SAGA/AGA Cores this summer.
 
 
Features:
 
  * Upgrade all AMIGAs to 2 MB Chipmem (or more)
  * Upgrade all AMIGA to AGA chipset
  * Video and Audio over DIGITAL-VIDEO
  * No flicker fixers needed to use modern TVs/monitors
 


Fabrice Joffre

Posts 11
17 May 2018 11:43


YES !!!!
Great news !!!

Thanks a lot for all Team work !!!!


Stefano Briccolani

Posts 199
17 May 2018 12:14


You rule, man!
With Vampire and Apollo Core the authentic, true Amiga experience is reborn. Thanks to everyone in the team for the outstanding work!!


Sean Sk

Posts 125
17 May 2018 12:26


Thanks for the news Gunnar. Really looking forward to this and trying out the new and improved blitter.



Roger Simons

Posts 14
17 May 2018 12:26


That is awsome! Keep up the good work!


Vojin Vidanovic

Posts 348
17 May 2018 13:54


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

  The plan is to release the first public SAGA/AGA Cores this summer.

Very nice news - this summer/automn GOLD3 for v2 Vampires.

Hope v4 will come after.


David Wright

Posts 268
17 May 2018 14:17


Isn't this basically Gold 3?
Great news indeed.



A1200 Coder

Posts 19
17 May 2018 14:22


sean sk wrote:

Thanks for the news Gunnar. Really looking forward to this and trying out the new and improved blitter.
 

The SAGA blitter has to be really fast though, as the 68080 CPU is also very fast at such tasks that blitter typically performs. The A500/A1200 blitter is very slow and even a 68030 running in fast ram and transferring results to chip ram is way faster than the blitter for e.g. pixel shifting and cookie cut operations. 68030-68060 CPUs were never much used to replace the blitter operations on AGA systems, as coders never learned how to use the faster CPUs to make e.g. software sprites.

But using blitter and CPU in parallell, brings certainly more performance, if memory bandwidth permits that. And it looks to me like that with the relatively slow clock speed of 68080 (~100 MHz).


Peter Heginbotham

Posts 131
17 May 2018 16:09


great news,

So some time between now (25 March) and the 28 October 2018


Thomas Blatt

Posts 101
17 May 2018 16:35


Really good news, soon i can play AGA games on my Amiga600


Mo Retro

Posts 187
17 May 2018 17:46


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

     
  The plan is to release the first public SAGA/AGA Cores this summer.
 

Thanks a lot A-Team :)
Now we can start counting the days up to max the 20th of September 2018. :)


Leigh Russ

Posts 105
17 May 2018 18:41


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

 
  * Upgrade all AMIGAs to 2 MB Chipmem (or more)

Is this going to make the chipram expansions totally obsolete or is it going to work together with it. I guess it will still be useful for the RTC if nothing else


Vojin Vidanovic

Posts 348
17 May 2018 18:45


Leigh Russ wrote:

  Is this going to make the chipram expansions totally obsolete or is it going to work together with it. I guess it will still be useful for the RTC if nothing else

By what was announced so far (unless changed) its suposed to be a complete replacement done in Vampire FPGA.



Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 3431
17 May 2018 19:05


Leigh Russ wrote:

  Is this going to make the chipram expansions totally obsolete
 

 
This is correct.
Old chipmem expansions will not work anymore - they can not handle the AGA requirements.
Also any flicker fixer cards you might currently use - will stop working with the AGA core.
 


Peter Heginbotham

Posts 131
17 May 2018 19:19


Will the clock module on a A604n still work


Leigh Russ

Posts 105
17 May 2018 20:31


Peter Heginbotham wrote:

Will the clock module on a A604n still work

Yeah I got an old chipram expansion in my A600. Would like for the RTC to carry on working.

Was going to get an A604n just to use for the clockport expansion as Spidi is currently working on a clockport to SPI expansion and making drivers for RTC, USB, Network etc so quite liked the idea of getting one


Carlos Milán

Posts 44
17 May 2018 20:51


Yup, I have a supercharged A600 and I'm worried some of these extension will stop working with the new core:

* A604n. I need the RTC and the clockport.
* RapidRoad USB. It is connected to the A604n clockport.
* Sum USB keyboard (https://retro.7-bit.pl/?lang=en&go=projekty&name=sum_a600)

I also have the Indivision ECS, but I guess AGA will render it obsolete.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 3431
17 May 2018 21:31


Carlos Milán wrote:

I also have the Indivision ECS, but I guess AGA will render it obsolete.

Yes, it will be obsolete and will stop working.
The chipmem expansion will be obsolete too.

The Clockport should work normally.


Michael Nurney

Posts 243
17 May 2018 21:32


Fantastic news indeed , seriously looking forward to this :)


Hans-Georg Winkler

Posts 11
18 May 2018 08:02


Some Questions related to the audio over hdmi from my side.

- Is there a AHI Driver to play 16bit Audio?
- the new soundchip (called pamela?) is fully backward compatible to paula? so protracker, demos and games play nice with it?
- will be increase of sound quality when playing games and demos?



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