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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.

The final firmware release before production is out!

posted Jun 24, 2018, 5:12 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Jun 24, 2018, 5:45 AM ]

Firmware revision 9 comes with these changes:
  • Improved audio quality. It fixes occasional idle tones and reduces the plop sound on reset.
  • The 6581 filter curve is now adjustable to reflect device variations of the original chips
  • A special C128 mode fixes a problem with the $D500 address range in a C128 in C64 mode.
Please note that the released CPLD binary is intended for the production hardware only. Prototypes that have been used in the alpha test should not be updated with this CPLD revision!

To download the release please check the downloads page.

A word on Protection of (Your!) Personal Data

posted Jun 8, 2018, 1:05 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Jun 24, 2018, 5:42 AM ]

In Europe we have a new legal regulation on data security which became effective end of May. Basically this regulation limits the amount of personal data that can be collected legally by online services. One key point is that the users of an online services have to agree on the storage and processing of his/her personal data.

The FPGASID website was using Google Analytics in the past. Mainly because the technical base of this site is Google Sites. And of course I was interested in how many people visit the site and from which other site they come from.
But Google Analytics collects and provides provides much more data about the site visitors: Stuff like sex, age, hobbies, language, country and a lot more. What I could not switch off I was mostly ignoring so far. I am not interested in such details and to be honest I was always a bit shocked how much Google knows about the users (or at least pretends to know).

I think data protection is a very important. It has always been, but these days it has gained some extra importance. So I decided to disable Google Analytics on I will not see any traffic or tracking data anymore. And I expect Google to disable all data collection as well. But that's beyond my control now.

ConfiGuru - the new configuration tool for FPGASID

posted Jan 4, 2018, 8:12 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 8:18 AM ]

Since release 6 FPGASID has it's own configuration tool named 'ConfiGuru'!

I have updated the project Details page with some details on ConfiGuru and I have added a separate ConfiGuru reference page with even more information.

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