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A word on Protection of (Your!) Personal Data

posted Jun 8, 2018, 1:05 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

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 by online services. One key point is that the user of such an online service has 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 - stuff like the sex of the users, age, hobbies, language, country and many 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 in these days it has gained some extra importance. So I decided to disable Google Analytics on fpgasid.de. 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.

Firmware 06 released

posted Dec 23, 2017, 3:04 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

New firmware release with some new fancy features:
  • Save your FPGASID configuration permanently to flash.
  • Update the firmware directly from the C64 without a USB-Blaster.
  • Enjoy the new configuration program 'ConfiGuru' with these functions:
    • Easy and Expert configuration mode
    • Save configuration to flash
    • Diagnostics page
    • Firmware flashing
  • Plus a couple of bugfixes to make the FPGASID even more perfect.

Update of Project Details

posted Oct 31, 2017, 9:47 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

The project details now have a chapter about the Alpha test and about the latest news about start of sales in 2018.

FPGASID can be purchased in 2018!

posted Oct 14, 2017, 9:07 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Oct 14, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

This is good news!

FPGASID will be available for everybody!

I have found partners who will take FPGASID into their webshop. We are now busy with the preparations to start the production. Current plan is to have FPGASID on the shelves beginning of 2018.

Starting from today you can make a reservation for your personal FPGASID and be among the first owners!


Another two amazing [videos]!

posted Jul 19, 2017, 1:33 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

Two further samples of dual FPGASID playing a 3-SID tune:



Enjoy!

Release 5 available

posted Jul 19, 2017, 12:37 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

In the download section you'll find release 5 now.

This release fixes two problems:
  1. In MONO mode The envelope generators are occasionally out-of-sync between both channels.
  2. The SYNC bit in the voice control registers was not handled correctly.

2 FPGASIDs playing a 3SID tune [video]

posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:47 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 2:48 PM ]

I recently made an experiment: I added a second FPGASID to my testing machine by using an expansion-port breadboard-PCB. This setup allows me to use 4 SID instances together. I will add more details on this experiment soon on the project details page but until then you can checkout the result here:

FPGASID playing 'Edelin Tales Theme' with 3 SID instances!


Another Interview [video]

posted Apr 5, 2017, 12:55 PM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project




There is another interview about FPGASID done by retronn.de in cooperation with Nerds&Geeks. As usual it is in german language (sorry for that) and can be found in the latest show from retronn.de.













The retronn.de show including the interview. The part about FPGASID starts around timecode 22:45.





FPGA revision 2 binaries available

posted Mar 19, 2017, 4:14 AM by andi6510 The FPGASID Project

After the first reports from the Alpha testers I prepared a bugfix release to fix the following issues:
  • POTX and POTY had been swapped.
  • Source selection of the EXTIN input was not matching the register specification.
  • Test bit handling was fixed.
  • Fixed advanced digi playback as used in Coma Light.
  • Adressing at DE00 collides with external modules such as the 1541U2 or some midi modules.
    Note: This fix is still a workaround because it disables all reading from the DE00 address range. A final fix will be available in the next hardware release.

The new FPGA binaries are available on the Download Page together with the flashing tool and instructions how to do the flashing.

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