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Renaud Schweingruber
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 343
14 Sep 2019 08:18


September'19 Activity Report
 
Team has been super busy this summer, not drinking caipirinhas nor London mules but working on topics we are all super excited to hear about: Vampire Standalone and V1200. Let's not hold horses anymore and open the starting gates.
 
GOLD2.12
GOLD2.12 is still in the work and we want to fix a few issues before releasing it in final state. Simo has already posted two Release Candidate builds in forum for people to try it out and we got some feedbacks that we need to handle.
 
Amiga34
We will be there and have set ourselves quite some big goals for that weekend:
1. Meet nice people
2. Party with nice people
3. Discuss and share our Amiga passion
 
Gunnar will also be presenting and discussing Vampire on stage on Sunday afternoon. We are all looking forward to measure how much his eyes will be opened. I wouldn't be surprised if he wears sunglasses that day.
 
Amiga34 is quite a challenge for us since we have things to show and demonstrate there but getting them ready them takes time, which we lack. That event is a milestone for us and we are doing everything we can to achieve it.
 
More infos about the event : EXTERNAL LINK 
 
Alchimie 13
Next event will be Alchimie 13 in France on 1 to 3 November and a small subset of team will be there, mostly French speakers. For those who couldn't attend Amiga34, they have an opportunity there to get a catch-up session and attend a super event.
 
More infos about the event: EXTERNAL LINK 
 
Vampire V1200
For the record, we have shown the first working Vampire 1200 V2 prototype at OufParty in June. Since then, work on it continued and another revision of it was made since we hadn't a case to test all mechanical parts. Thing is sometimes better is the enemy of good and we broke the Digital Video Out part in that last revision, meaning another one was needed and delaying things a bit again (two more weeks).
 
To make a long story short, issue is fixed and a big batch of PCBs and components has been ordered to fulfill our A1200 needs.
 
Vampire V4
Since June, lot of things happened in team and lot of discussion went on to make sure the Vampire Standalone is a super product and truly a complete new Amiga.
 
Those discussions made us take some very big decision regarding the future of Vampire Standalone. So many questions have been debated until early in the Morning... Isn't the target level too high for us? Isn't Amiga a dead platform after all? Aren't 68020 accelerators good enough for everybody? What if someone resurrect Cyberstorm designs? What if after all trolls were right since the beginning? Is Steven Seagal really a bad actor? After quickly answering all those, we pushed the button and started to mass produce V4 for general availability :-) Period.
 
I am very happy and pleased to confirm everybody that the order for a first batch of Vampire Standalone that will target end-users has been placed!
 
Some very minor changes have been made to the PCB from developers boards you might have seen (mounting holes instead of capacitor holes, removal of 68k socket, optimizing design for solderability, etc.). No feature change, just some adjustment to ease the industrial process.
 
That first batch will also be special as we will be selling it directly. Idea behind this is to let us start very quickly the engine to produce more. Then, next batches will be running exclusively through resellers.
 
To make it even more special, those who will get one will get a complete bundle for the price of the card, meaning they will get tested compatible mouse, compatible keyboard, PSU, case and some other goodies. Also, those sales will be only for people attending Amiga34 and we hope to be able to deliver those bundles during the event. More info will come about that soon.
 
Core side, we are rushing to make sure cards get delivered with a polished core. Our VHDLers and developers are having some kind of "bukkake party" towards our SVN server (gross, disgusting, meh) and that bitch loves that (since majsta is posting articles implying his dick and Brad Pitt, I thought the limit was already passed on so...). Now that you have the picture, understand they are all committing a lot to bring best experience possible on first launch. Happy face!
 
Conclusion
We finally are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for V4 and V1200 and we are really looking forward to bring it to the market, after so many months of work. It is still quite stressful since we want it super from the beginning.


Vojin Vidanovic

Posts 1731
14 Sep 2019 09:04


Standalone avail at next Party? Great for partygoers. I ll start saving for Vesalia batch


Eric Gus

Posts 433
14 Sep 2019 09:33


Great news but a bit of a bummer on Amiga34 exclusive .. as I live on the other side of the "big pond" and there is little to any hope of me ever being able to make one of those parties.. but good luck with the show guys, lots of hard work and everyone is going to love it! Please post lots of pics/videos for those of us who live in far flung geographies..


Michael Borrmann

Posts 133
14 Sep 2019 11:56


Great news!



Adam Polkosnik

Posts 30
14 Sep 2019 13:09


"Shut up, and take my money!" ;-)


Willem Drijver

Posts 65
14 Sep 2019 13:14


Thanks for the update and all the good work. When can we expect the direct sale of the V4 to start and how do I get a spot in the queue?


Vojin Vidanovic

Posts 1731
14 Sep 2019 13:19


Willem Drijver wrote:

Thanks for the update and all the good work. When can we expect the direct sale of the V4 to start and how do I get a spot in the queue?

Via reservation on Vesalia, its first queue formed /Germany.
EXTERNAL LINK 
Later, I hope more will be formed at various sellers e.g.
Amedia France, Amiga On Lake US etc.


Mike Kopack

Posts 268
14 Sep 2019 13:27


Renaud Schweingruber wrote:

September'19 Activity Report
  Vampire V4
  I am very happy and pleased to confirm everybody that the order for a first batch of Vampire Standalone that will target end-users has been placed!

YAY!!!!!

Renaud Schweingruber wrote:
 
  That first batch will also be special as we will be selling it directly. Idea behind this is to let us start very quickly the engine to produce more. Then, next batches will be running exclusively through resellers.

YAY, but bummed that I won't be able to get one since there's no way in hell I can get from USA to Germany for this.  :(  Really hope there won't be much of a lag between the party and general availability (either directly or through distribs).

Renaud Schweingruber wrote:
 
  Core side, we are rushing to make sure cards get delivered with a polished core. Our VHDLers and developers are having some kind of "bukkake party" towards our SVN server (gross, disgusting, meh) and that bitch loves that (since majsta is posting articles implying his dick and Brad Pitt, I thought the limit was already passed on so...).

Yeah, that's it. Give that dirty svn server all your hot commits! Cover it in fresh code! It knows it likes it!

LOL!!

In all seriousness, awesome news guys. Hope this goes well and the product is a big hit at Amiga 34. Looks like it's going to be a heck of a show with a number of new things popping up then.


Mike Kopack

Posts 268
14 Sep 2019 13:45


Vojin Vidanovic wrote:

Willem Drijver wrote:

  Thanks for the update and all the good work. When can we expect the direct sale of the V4 to start and how do I get a spot in the queue?
 

 
  Via reservation on Vesalia, its first queue formed /Germany.
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  Later, I hope more will be formed at various sellers e.g.
  Amedia France, Amiga On Lake US etc.

Didn't think AotL was signed up a as a distributor?


Shane Stringer

Posts 22
14 Sep 2019 14:41


Is there a list of V4 resellers?  I would like to register my interest before they all get bought! :)


Mike Kopack

Posts 268
14 Sep 2019 14:47


One would imagine that it's the same resellers they currently have for the V2 line...

EXTERNAL LINK 
I know that Vesalia (search on the page for Vampire) has placeholder "preorder" listings for both the A1200 and V4SA models to "gauge interest" and put your name in the queue. You won't get charged anything yet..


Kamelito Loveless

Posts 124
14 Sep 2019 15:51


Something like this would have been a good launch.
EXTERNAL LINK  It will also include a user book.

But the Team is doing an awesome work nonetheless.
Congrats.


Mo Retro

Posts 239
14 Sep 2019 16:04


What price can we expect, now that the first batch of the V4SA is in production?
What would the kit cost in Amiga34, Neuss?
Like to now how much, so I can put the money aside on my Paypal :)


Santiago Gutierrez

Posts 47
14 Sep 2019 16:31


I think the same way than Eric........ leaving on the another side of Atlantic we are having hard time to buy Amiga stuff from Europe.

So please, dont sell everything in Europe :) and keep a few units for us. I am pretty sure a lot of people from this side are waiting for V1200 and V4


Kamelito Loveless

Posts 124
14 Sep 2019 16:54


If you’ve trusted friend going they might buy it for you if this is OK with the Team I guess.


Vojin Vidanovic

Posts 1731
14 Sep 2019 18:54


Mike Kopack wrote:

    Didn't think AotL was signed up a as a distributor?
   

   
    Not officially, but they sell Classic stuff and would be stupid not to.
 
  Especially if US customers demand so!
 
 
Shane Stringer wrote:

  Is there a list of V4 resellers?  I would like to register my interest before they all get bought! :)
 

 
  Yes, on top of this page, next to contact
 
 
  Reseller
  List of Resellers, of products using the APOLLO-CORE.
  Those products could be 3rd party products not produced by the APOLLO-CORE team.
 
  Amedia Computer France SAS
  69, Avenue de la Liberation
  F-57530 Courcelles-Chaussy
  France
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  Alinea Computer
  Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 26
  61273 Wehrheim
  GERMANY
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  Amigastore.eu
  Calle Impresores, 5
  30800 Lorca, Murcia
  SPAIN
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  Leaman Computing Ltd
  Asquith House, Unit 1
  Dyfrig Road
  CARDIFF. CF5 5AD
  U.K.
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  RELEC
  Village du Levant 2B
  Payerne
  Vaud
  Suisse
  1530
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  Vesalia Computer
  Magdalenenweg 4
  46483 Wesel
  GERMANY
  EXTERNAL LINK 
Santiago Gutierrez wrote:

  So please, dont sell everything in Europe :) and keep a few units for us. I am pretty sure a lot of people from this side are waiting for V1200 and V4

I am sure Swiss or France are OK contries to buy from, I shop from US Amazon to southeast Europe and P&P is not so terrible. If Trump has custom fees on individual import, live with it, America mus be great again! :)

Or simply, mail AOL that you want them as Vamp distributor and would gladly pay him in US dollars if he does the import.


Allonsanfan %

Posts 56
14 Sep 2019 19:39


Good news, looking forward to seeing what you deliver at Amiga34.


Geoff Wells

Posts 38
15 Sep 2019 03:15


Yes!  This is amazing.  I live in Canada but may be in Scotland the week before the event.  I'm now sorely tempted to fly through Germany and pop in to buy one of these on the Saturday.  When will there be information on price and payment methods?  I would love to bring one back to North America.

Edit: Minor problem.  Tickets are sold out.  You'll have to set up in the parking lot so I can buy one.


Eric Gus

Posts 433
15 Sep 2019 07:06


Vojin Vidanovic wrote:

Willem Drijver wrote:

  Thanks for the update and all the good work. When can we expect the direct sale of the V4 to start and how do I get a spot in the queue?
 

 
  Via reservation on Vesalia, its first queue formed /Germany.
  EXTERNAL LINK 
  Later, I hope more will be formed at various sellers e.g.
  Amedia France, Amiga On Lake US etc.

I looked at Vesalia, so what do you have to do?

it says "Please note: If you place an order now, all you will get is an order confirmation, the actual card is not available at this time. Please don't make a payment until you are asked to do so (which won't happen before the card is really close to being released)."

but its not clear if you are in fact paying for it or not.. you select bank transfer and not enter any info?

This setup is confusing at best.



John William

Posts 467
15 Sep 2019 07:42


eric gus wrote:

Vojin Vidanovic wrote:

 
Willem Drijver wrote:

  Thanks for the update and all the good work. When can we expect the direct sale of the V4 to start and how do I get a spot in the queue?
 

 
  Via reservation on Vesalia, its first queue formed /Germany.
  EXTERNAL LINK   
  Later, I hope more will be formed at various sellers e.g.
  Amedia France, Amiga On Lake US etc.
 

 
  I looked at Vesalia, so what do you have to do?
 
  it says "Please note: If you place an order now, all you will get is an order confirmation, the actual card is not available at this time. Please don't make a payment until you are asked to do so (which won't happen before the card is really close to being released)."
 
  but its not clear if you are in fact paying for it or not.. you select bank transfer and not enter any info?
 
  This setup is confusing at best.
 

LOL! Well...as long as you figured it out! - slaps you hard on the back - Have fun pre-ordering then!


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