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New Firebird PCBs Arrivedpage  1 2 

Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
07 Sep 2021 13:30


The Apollo Team is happy that the new Accelerator Firebird PCBs arrived today.
 
Bringup of the batch will start now.
We will keep you informed.

Here a quick photo of some of the PCBs.

More updates will follow


Paolo Palmieri

Posts 7
08 Sep 2021 16:47


I can see new Firebird still has physical ports for ETH, USB, H_D_M_I and SD on the main PCB instead to have a clean solution based on flat cables to move them on the Amiga chassis, any reason behind that choice?


Andrew Miller

Posts 344
08 Sep 2021 17:05


Might be easier just to run extensions if needed, rather than having propriety connectors and cables.


Peter Weuffen

Posts 42
09 Sep 2021 13:09


bottom row mid thanks Gunnar ... Cheers Mate :)


Paolo Palmieri

Posts 7
09 Sep 2021 13:55


Andrew Miller wrote:

Might be easier just to run extensions if needed, rather than having propriety connectors and cables.

Thank you for the answer, the reason for the question is that I like clean solutions, and I really don’t like the idea of seeing an Amiga with typical PC cable management. Rather than using proprietary solutions, I was thinking of the use of fairly common connectors such as those below that would have made even the installation cleaner without a tangle of cables, extensions and floating connectors in the case:
EXTERNAL LINK  EXTERNAL LINK


Roy Gillotti

Posts 485
09 Sep 2021 22:42


I don't see why you need to overly complicate it, for every one person that would like to see it your way there will likely be much more that are upset they have to buy some bizarre flat connector instead of buying a standard easily sourced extension cable.


Sean Sk

Posts 442
10 Sep 2021 01:09


You can easily use flat or ribbon cables with the existing standard ports so I don't see what the issue is.
 
I know that some Amiga users don't like to hack up their A500 cases to add cutouts for extra ports, (I wouldn't want to either) and so using standard connectors on the Firebird allows those users to buy longer cables so that they can pass them out through the expansion port to the left of the machine or out through the bottom of the case.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
10 Sep 2021 16:09


Power is ON



Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
10 Sep 2021 16:23


This thread is reserved for bringup information of the new Firebird Card.
 
If you have questions or discussion around the firebird, then please be so kind to open a separate thread. Thanks!


Paolo Palmieri

Posts 7
10 Sep 2021 16:30


Very nice!
On the left top corner I see a power connector, is it giving access to the mainboard power rails? or is it possible use the Firebird without an Amiga?


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
10 Sep 2021 16:35


Salute Paolo,
Paolo Palmieri wrote:

On the left top corner I see a power connector,

Yes the power connector can in theory be used to run the Firebird alone. But this is not the idea behind it.
The Firebird is low power (2Watt) but in theory users could want to connect more hungry devices chained to it. E.g. hungry drives.
To support the power flow for extra hungry devices you can feed additional power in there e.g. from Floppy connector


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
12 Sep 2021 21:18


New Bringup-tests, running a Fractal program on FIREBIRD.
Using CPU,FPU,Fastmem und SAGA Video




Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
20 Sep 2021 13:27


we are back from Amiga/Retro Event Weekend near ULM
now we continue our tests




Mårten Björk

Posts 8
20 Sep 2021 15:27


Does the Firebird come with two IDE connectors? (40 pin + 44 pin)


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
20 Sep 2021 16:15


Mårten Björk wrote:

Does the Firebird come with two IDE connectors? (40 pin + 44 pin)

Yes, as you see on the picture it has 40pin IDE and 44pin IDE
E.g. for CDrom, and for CF/Drive


Steve Hodson

Posts 21
20 Sep 2021 21:11


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

Mårten Björk wrote:

  Does the Firebird come with two IDE connectors? (40 pin + 44 pin)
 

  Yes, as you see on the picture it has 40pin IDE and 44pin IDE
  E.g. for CDrom, and for CF/Drive

I assume this is two separate buses too?


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
20 Sep 2021 22:48


Steve Hodson wrote:

  I assume this is two separate buses too?

Yes this is 2 channel.
This allows you to connect e.g. CDROM on 40pin and independent from this a CF drive on 44pin.



Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
21 Sep 2021 10:21


With Firebird now on ApolloOS WB




Chris Holzapfel

Posts 62
21 Sep 2021 16:20


This looks really super. Interlace modes will work anytime soon if I don't want to use RTG? Can't wait to try it in my A500++, it's just finished and works perfectly.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5578
22 Sep 2021 00:18


Firebird Speed tests are good.



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