Just an idea... How about make this look like a 1450XLD?
If anyone wanted to make a case for it.
3D Print, whatever...
Although an intriguing idea, and not out of the realm of possibility for yet another iteration of what I am intending to do on the first run, I have my heart set on doing this in a Mini-ITX form factor which I thought was a fantastic idea proposed by TXG/MNX. I know it won't have that Atari feel to it, but at least there are a multitude of enclosures in all shapes, sizes, styles, and colors that will work with this form factor, and they are ready for purchase like... right now instantly.
Also Kyle (and a few others) please keep in mind that I have my own vision of what I what this to be, and that vision just isn't the same as Atari's. Not saying they did anything wrong, or that I don't like what they created, but why would I go through all this trouble to simply recreate what they already accomplished over 30 years ago? No this project is about being unique and not the same old tech that can be purchased on eBay almost any day of the week. Do I expect you or anyone else to agree with my choices and/or direction? No I don't.
It's really quite interesting too, that every attempt that has been made over the years to create a new Atari 8-bit MOBO has consistently failed to materialize. Oh there's been a lot of talk, and a lot of ideas tossed around on how this should be done, but not even one of those discussions ever saw the beginnings of any new documentation come out of it (schematics, block diagrams, ect.). But boy let me tell you there were a lot of opinions of how it should be done, and a bazillion things people wanted it to do. But at the end of the day was there anything to show for it? No.
Someone on this topic already said something to the effect of "Why reinvent the wheel..let's get serious...". I didn't really reply to that at the time, but I will now. I think I have certainly demonstrated how serious I am, and that I am not simply trying to re-invent the wheel with this project. If I were doing that, I would just make a direct copy of one of the Atari boards and be done with it. Or why the hell kill myself, I'll just grab a Pi, load in an emulator and be finished by this evening. Or how about slap in an FPGA and load up one of the A8 cores. No I'm not going to do that because this isn't what this project was about. And I'm also not saying that any of those other ideas aren't good either.. there just different than what I want to do. I underlined that last part because it best defines the criteria behind this project.
Now does that mean I'm closed to new ideas? No. In fact several of the ideas put forth I have been actively trying to incorporate (i.e., Mini-ITX Form Factor, DA-15 SIO to follow already established standard, lay out the board to use both a DA-15 and the original SIO jack, add features that will allow better/easier integration with VBXE and Rapidus). But at the end of the day since this is my project (which is a non-profit effort by the way), I reserve the right to make it how I see fit. So the reason I am saying all of this, is not to piss anyone off or to confirm what an A__hole I am, but to give people a better sense of why I even started this topic and what the project is all about. Of course people may actually agree that I am an A__hole, but that's OK too
EDIT: BTW, I'm not picking on you Kyle, you just reminded me of something I wanted to say for a while now. And I really do think your idea has merit also, but unfortunately it just doesn't fit into what i want to do on this go around
Edited by mytekcontrols, Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:39 AM.