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About Curt Vendel

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  • Birthday 04/21/1964

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  1. After 35 Years... The Schematics for the Atari 1450XLD "TONG" have finally been discovered and made available to the community. The Atari 1450XLD page on Atari Musuem has been updated: http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/XL/1450xld/1450xld.html The larger set of the 1983 1450XL schematics will also be scanned and posted hopefully by the weekend. 1400XL schematics (nice clean scans, not the very dark hard to read ones that Best used to sell) will be going up soon as well. Also on the 1450XLD page are the schematics to the Atari Parallel Disk drive controller... More 1090XL stuff coming soon as well...
  2. I have finished the SMD conversion of the board, I will be spending the next 2 weeks thoroughly going through everything to make sure all of the changes are correct and traces are all set. I will then get a set of test boards made and test them out to make sure the design transitioned properly. If all goes good, I can start looking into some PC board companies to do the boards and smd placements at the best cost. Anyone who has any good recommendations on boards of this size for manufacture and SMD placement, please PM me, always looking for best places with excellent pricing. Thanks.
  3. This is AWESOME Scott!!! I will share this up onto the Atari Museum group on FB...
  4. http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/XL/xlperipherals/1090/1090xl-demo1.mp4
  5. No one seems to ask this: Atari has made ZERO mention of putting together the needed backend infrastructure to support these supposed consoles for the streaming services and game delivery. Sure, they can rent out some Amazon AWS servers and put something up, but they need to put together the backend code to actually make this whole supposed online service actually work. Even with the new delay, there is still ZERO reason why the controller only purchases shouldn't still ship right now, the controllers should've been done a year ago. They are supposedly bluetooth, so ship them and let people play with them on their PC's, Macs and Linux systems
  6. With all of the testing and debugging now done. The finalized board design with all of the cuts and strap changes is finished and the test board will be ordered next week. So in hopes there are no issues with the board, I've started work on converting the components to SMD to prepare that board for a test and we move closer to having the PCB factory run the production boards and place most of the parts on them... Meanwhile... I need to finalize the updated box art and update the manual and check in with Mark about starting work on the changing the BIOS screen from all of the HW tests to the consumer menu.
  7. I just posted up the Document for the Atari Omni which was a chipset called Penny, Vivian and Heather. It was in Breadboarding stage by March 84 and chip design work had started. This chipset rivals and outperforms even the much touted Amiga chipset... http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/aed/guide_to_omni-13jan84.pdf
  8. Things just don't add up regarding AMY and the whole "It didn't work yet so it couldn't be ready for the STs" line Ive heard for over 30 years... things just don't sound right, so I'm going to be spending some side time so do some deep research (like how I uncovered the whole truth on the Atari Inc Amiga deal) and try to get to the bottom of all of this so we have some straight answers.
  9. Latest round of new documents uploaded: Atari 1090XL Device Registers and General Purpose Interface Notes: http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/XL/xlperipherals/1090xl.html Serial/Parallel Card - Technicals/Schematics, Firmware Allocation and Specifications and ROM package Parallel Disk Drive Controller Schematic I/O Notes (Disk Controller Related) 1090 XL Prototyping Card http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8bits/xl/xl_protos/cards.html
  10. Im turning my sleuthing efforts onto turbocharged... if its out there and still exists someplace, Im determined to make sure it sees the light of day once again.
  11. Atari was on the brink of releasing a slew of new computer products, advanced chipsets and computers that couldve truly made significant changes in its place in the market... Warners cold feet and its urgent sale to the Tramiels destroyed all of that.
  12. I have to send them down to John Hardie at the VGHM... the chip plots are 40-44" and the scanners at kinkos are 36" max, so he will need to use their mondo mega sized scanner down in Texas to scan them in for me and send me the high res scans. Just need to buy some shipping tubes and send them down to him. The updates are mostly posted here so far: http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/XL/xlperipherals/1090xl.html http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8bits/xl/xl_protos/cards.html http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/XL/1450xld/1450xld.html Much much more to be following on those particular pages each night... I have quite a stack of folders to scan in and post and lots of hardware that has come in... so it'll all be going up every night.
  13. Project Eskimo, aka .... project Dogsled... aka.... project Atari Explorer did in fact exist past the technical specification document that was written up from January through May 1984. I just received the LCD screen in an XL styled mockup case. I have placed it ontop of a 600XL to give everyone a suggested possible appearance of what it may have looked like. I only have the screen, the keyboard/cpu portion is not to be found... so far.
  14. Just receiving this along with dozens of folders of technical documents and schematics on every expansion card design for the 1090XL, several 1060 CP/M modules and another 1090XL with an unknown board within it... Remarkably - AMY was slated as an Expansion Card for the 1090XL in April of 1984... Here is the schematic, sorry its scanned from a very dark blueprint drawing, I cleaned up the image as best as possible. 1090_AMY_Card17APR84.zip
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