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New Firmware release

posted Feb 24, 2019, 8:25 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Feb 24, 2019, 8:25 AM ]

Today I release a new firmware revision 0.A for the FPGASID:

Main changes:
  • New 6581 bias setting range and curve. Per default the bias is now tuned to a brighter sound which is the most audible difference to revision 09.
  • Some further improvements on the 6581 filters.
New Features:
  • LEDs can be switched off now.
  • The outputs can be switched to a mix of both SIDs allowing mono setups with a single speaker.
  • The firmware flashing procedure has been improved to increase the success rate.
  • FPGASID is now compatible to the EasyFlash 3 module.

Review of FPGASID

posted Jan 13, 2019, 7:52 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 7:53 AM ]

FPGASID can be purchased now!

posted Jan 9, 2019, 6:48 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

Over the Christmas period Kryoflux was busy processing the orders of pre-reserved FPGASIDs. And now the shop is open to the general public!

Please feel free to order your FPGASID in the Kryflux webshop:

click here

Cable Samples Approved

posted Nov 9, 2018, 1:11 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 1:19 PM ]

FPGASID cable assembly

Hooray! Finally (after some failing attempts) our cable provider managed to make the correct cable assemblies for us.

We have approved them and production has started. Lead time will be a few weeks, though.

The breakout cable is a beauty! Click on the picture to see it in full detail.

The picture shows the FPGASID surrounded by the breakout cable and the internal cable assemblies.

The Production Story

posted Oct 22, 2018, 1:39 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

I have added some lines on the FPGASID production to the project details page.

FPGASID Test Fixture

New Audio Recordings with the FPGASID

posted Oct 22, 2018, 12:43 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

The user SID Spieler known from the has made some excelent recordings of well known (and not so well known) SID tunes. All of them are played back on a FPGASID in 6581 mode.

Please click here to enjoy these recordings.

In case you like the tunes don't forget to give SID Spieler a hug (e.g. virtually in the Forum64 link above).

Lecture about FPGASID

posted Oct 22, 2018, 12:13 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Nov 12, 2018, 1:23 PM ]

In September I held a lecture about the FPGASID Project at the DoReCo Party and at the Classic Computing 2018. I presented a historical step through the project with the main ups and downs and I gave a sound demo to the audience.

In case you can understand German you might want to have a look here:

Freud und Leid der FPGASID Entwicklung

The presentation material is available here.
The SID Files played in the Demo can be found (as executables) in this Disk image here.

FPGASID first production lot

posted Oct 21, 2018, 2:51 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

Before we come to the bad news, let's have a look at the good news:

A week ago we have received the first production lot of FPGASIDs from our manufacturer! All devices are working fine and wait for their shipment!
FPGASID production devices

But, the bad news is that we cannot ship the devices without the accessory cables that are required for proper operation. And we are still waiting for those cables...

The samples we received from the cable manufacturer were not usable due to a couple of issues. So we had to go into another loop with the manufacturer... . With some luck we can get the cables in November.

Of course, we will start shipping immediately once we have everything in place.

The regular market introduction price will now be 74,95€. This is slightly more than promised due to some unforeseen cost. Sorry for this.

FPGASID will be available soon...

posted Sep 8, 2018, 10:12 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

But again with some delay!

We will get the FPGASID devices in the next days. But we still have no clear information on the delivery date of the internal accessory cables that are required to operate the FPGASID.

Our expectation for the first shipping is now end of October 2018.

Many people asked how they could get informed when we start to accept orders. So I decided to re-open the reservation list now. By signing up to this list you will get informed when you can place your order. People that have already signed up before, do not have to do this again, of course.

Hardware is final - preparation for production starts!

posted Jun 24, 2018, 5:23 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

This is very good news:
Weeks of preparation and extensive testing lie behind me. Now the time has come to release the hardware design to production! This week we will give our manufacturer the order to start with the preproduction preparation.

In a couple of weeks we will get the first preproduction samples. Again, I will have to do extensive testing to give the OK for volume production of the first production batch.

I expect to have the devices ready for sale beginning of September 2018.

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