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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.

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:


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!

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