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I wonder if there is need for another production run of VBXE graphics adapter for 8 bit atari

Although names says XE it can be used in any atari having ANTIC/GTIA and FREDDY chips on board

for FREDDY-less machines clock divider must me used

 

VBXE 2 is compatible with previously released v1.2 and only few thing were changed

 

- ANTIC chip is located on board in DIP2IDC connector adapter, so vbxe can be removed in any point of time - no soldering required

 

- VBXE Core boot time (time to load soft-core into the FPGA chip, and enable RGB output after power-on) decreased from 6.5 sec to 0.9 sec

 

- board dimensions decreased from 72x60mm to 66x44mm

 

- 14mhz generator circuit was included on board, so there is no additional clock generator module placed near FREDDY chip

 

FX core programmers manual (translated by Drac030 from Polish)

 

VBXE 2 board composite printout for reference

 

VBXE 1.2 (under printout) compared to VBXE 2.0:

vbxe2.jpg

 

prototype should be ready till 25 of april, and production run should start by the end of april

cost of ready board is not know yet, but should be under $100 (this is rought estimate, more exact price should be know till 25 of april)

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Hello Candle

 

I want one.

 

Greetings

 

Mathy

 

PS "new production run"? As far as I know, the VBXE hasn't been available to the public yet.

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it was avaivable, but this was short run - only 20 boards were made, and awarness of general public was poor, since all documentation was in Polish only

this time will be diffrent

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The revision makes significant improvements .. Couple of questions Candle... How many will be produced? Do we need to preorder?

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i'll talk about this with Electron, i'm just the guy responsible for new board and faster loader, all hard work was done by Electron

all parts are buyable, so no problem there (v1.2 parts - video DAC from intersil is now obsolete)

i just hope there will be more production for VBXE than it was in last year

i have the feeling that those 20 boards were misplaced, and except for few people (Tebe, Drac030, Trub, Laoo and some i would not know of) didn't bother to do anything with it

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I wonder if there is need for another production run of VBXE graphics adapter for 8 bit atari

Although names says XE it can be used in any atari having ANTIC/GTIA and FREDDY chips on board

for FREDDY-less machines clock divider must me used

(snip...)

prototype should be ready till 25 of april, and production run should start by the end of april

cost of ready board is not know yet, but should be under $100 (this is rought estimate, more exact price should be know till 25 of april)

 

If it will work with NTSC, and around $100 -- I'm in.

 

-Larry

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ntsc or pal is just 14.18mhz versus 14.31mhz - and it can work with pixel clock up to 21mhz, so should work, but Electron should have the last word here

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I would like to buy one, too.... in a perfect world I would buy a complete system (65xe,stereo pokey, 320kb,vbexe2).

 

please make a preorder list like for carts...

 

ps. oh, just went through the doc.... ram expansion not required as the VBXE2 is already a 320kb one...

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thx Draco030 for the english translation... now I can understand more of the features... cool stuff!

 

the dynamic display list reminds me sony psx, Amiga or 7800... ;) now I am at the color attribute section of the pdf... hehe... do we really get a color map??? :)

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do we really get a color map???

 

Yes. And note that it works in "old" display modes, i.e. you can setup it for the ANTIC/GTIA display (in fact, the "new" VBXE display modes do not need the color map so much).

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draco...that's exactly what I ment with "do we really get..." in the old modes... :)

 

only issue what I do have not a fealing for is the speed to setup everything...

 

and maybe I have overread it...but how do I pass over commands to the VBX? or do I write into the $4000 window?

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do we really get a color map???

 

Yes. And note that it works in "old" display modes, i.e. you can setup it for the ANTIC/GTIA display (in fact, the "new" VBXE display modes do not need the color map so much).

 

so...in theory I could detect the VBX via software (or by user) and add the color map to my software as "bonus" like the stereo msx or extra ram?

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You setup the color map by writing it to the VRAM using the MEMAC window (A or B, this does not matter), and defining XDL appropriately. And yes, you can detect the presence of the VBXE in software and add colors via color map.

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I'm going to have to seriously look into getting this.

 

So much for any planned upgrade to SLI'd 9800GTs on the main machine... this looks to be where the action's at.

 

Also, have to get someone who's already got one to see if we can get interlace going on the thing.

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I'd like one NTSC version possibly two if the price is right. Has anyone been writing any programs that take advantage of it?

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Is there any distinctive serial number that could read on Atari memory from VBXE. As a programmer I interested in develop exclusive software on VBXE, but it could be a good idea if there is a way to avoid the illegal copies.

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